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jane
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 1:55 pm    Post subject: Block 1 specific pop up...pls help!!!
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There is ONE pop up that is driving me crazy: mydietpatches.com. It is a very
LOUD sound ad that pops up often. Would be SO grateful for help in removing.

Windows XP home.
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claince
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 2:05 pm    Post subject: RE: Block 1 specific pop up...pls help!!! [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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First, check out the links provided in the post "Excess Disk Activity". Make
sure you download and install SP2. It has a built in pop-up blocker that
works pretty well. You can list the offending site in the blocked list.
Hopefully this will take care of it. I would start with Ad-Aware. It is a
free download and works good.

"jane" wrote:

 > There is ONE pop up that is driving me crazy: mydietpatches.com. It is a very
 > LOUD sound ad that pops up often. Would be SO grateful for help in removing.
 >
 > Windows XP home.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 2:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Block 1 specific pop up...pls help!!! [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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/claince/ said:

 > "jane" wrote:
 >
  >>There is ONE pop up that is driving me crazy: mydietpatches.com. It is a very
  >>LOUD sound ad that pops up often. Would be SO grateful for help in removing.
  >>
  >>Windows XP home.

 > First, check out the links provided in the post "Excess Disk Activity". Make
 > sure you download and install SP2. It has a built in pop-up blocker that
 > works pretty well. You can list the offending site in the blocked list.
 > Hopefully this will take care of it. I would start with Ad-Aware. It is a
 > free download and works good.

Other sources of good info...
http://www.aumha.org/a/parasite.htm
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
http://www.microsoft.com/security/articles/spyware.asp
http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsXP/expertzone/columns/northrup/restoreperf.asp
http://aumha.org/a/parasite.htm
http://aumha.org/a/quickfix.htm
http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/Darnit.htm
http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Malware_Defence.htm
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bruce_a_chambe
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 3:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Block 1 specific pop up...pls help!!! [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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jane wrote:
 > There is ONE pop up that is driving me crazy: mydietpatches.com. It is a very
 > LOUD sound ad that pops up often. Would be SO grateful for help in removing.
 >
 > Windows XP home.

What specific kind of pop-ups are you seeing? There are at least
three varieties of pop-ups, and the solutions vary accordingly.

1) Does the title bar of these pop-ups read "Messenger Service?"

This type of spam has become quite common over the couple of
years, and unintentionally serves as a valid security "alert." It
demonstrates that you haven't been taking sufficient precautions while
connected to the Internet. Your data probably hasn't been compromised
by these specific advertisements, but if you're open to this exploit,
you may well be open to other threats, such as the Blaster Worm that
swept across the Internet last year and the currently active Sasser
Worm. Install and use a decent, properly configured firewall.
(Merely disabling the messenger service, as some people recommend,
only hides the symptom, and does little or nothing to truly secure
your machine.) And ignoring or just "putting up with" the security
gap represented by these messages is particularly foolish.

Messenger Service of Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;168893

Messenger Service Window That Contains an Internet Advertisement
Appears
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=330904

Stopping Advertisements with Messenger Service Titles
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/using/howto/communicate/stopspam.asp

Blocking Ads, Parasites, and Hijackers with a Hosts File
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

Oh, and be especially wary of people who advise you to do nothing
more than disable the messenger service. Disabling the messenger
service, by itself, is a "head in the sand" approach to computer
security. The real problem is not the messenger service pop-ups;
they're actually providing a useful, if annoying, service by acting as
a security alert. The true problem is the unsecured computer, and
you've been advised to merely turn off the warnings. How is this
helpful?

2) For regular Internet pop-ups, you might try the free 12Ghosts
Popup-killer from http://12ghosts.com/ghosts/popup.htm, Pop-Up Stopper
from http://www.panicware.com/, or the Google Toolbar from
http://toolbar.google.com/. Alternatively, you can upgrade your WinXP
to SP2, to install IE's pop-up blocker. Another alternative would be
to use another browser, such as Mozilla or Firefox, which has pop-up
blocking capabilities. (But I'd avoid Netscape; it carries too much
extraneous AOL garbage.)

3) To deal with pop-ups caused by any sort of "adware" and/or
"spyware,"such as Gator, Comet Cursors, Xupiter, Bonzai Buddy, or
KaZaA, and their remnants, that you've deliberately (but without
understanding the consequences) installed, two products that are
quite effective (at finding and removing this type of scumware) are
Ad-Aware from www.lavasoft.de and SpyBot Search & Destroy from
www.safer-networking.org/. Both have free versions. It's even
possible to use SpyBot Search & Destroy to "immunize" your system
against most future intrusions. I use both and generally perform
manual scans every week or so to clean out cookies, etc.

Additionally, manual removal instructions for the most common
varieties of scumware are available here:

PC Hell Spyware and Adware Removal Help
http://www.pchell.com/support/spyware.shtml

More information and assistance is available at these sites:

Blocking Ads, Parasites, and Hijackers with a Hosts File
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

The Parasite Fight
http://www.aumha.org/a/parasite.htm


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user268
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 3:43 pm    Post subject: RE: Block 1 specific pop up...pls help!!! [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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http://www.mozilla.org/

Spyware/Virus Removal and Prevention:
http://www.fixyourwindows.com/windowsxpsolutions.htm
(Links to online virus scans on the same page)

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