Can't stop popup ads

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Smoker~, May 21, 2005.

  1. Smoker~

    Smoker~ Guest

    Using WinXP SP2, IE6 with popup blocker & Firefox same, run WinPatrol and
    Spybot TeaTimer, Have ActiveX totally disabled, run AdAware + Spybot and
    nothing gets found. Usually the popups occur when changing pages and I've
    seen names like exitexchange as the source for many of them as well
    "exit_app_exitexchange.exe" in my temp Internet files. I have something
    totally unknown to Google named dtut.exe that somehow gets into my startup.
    I use a Ttrend AV version and Sygate firewall, etc.

    This only started recently when I got into a mood to download music. That's
    when a virus and malware got in somehow but I thought I had that all cleaned
    up. Any idea how these things are getting in and making ads popup?
    Smoker~, May 21, 2005
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  2. Smoker~

    7 Guest

    You can try installing open source privoxy
    and then monitoring which sites are being accessed and block
    those sites through privoxy.
    Privoxy will also prevent malicious scripts from
    running if you set your browser proxy setting to use privoxy.
    7, May 21, 2005
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  3. Smoker~

    MrGrumpy Guest

    MrGrumpy, May 21, 2005
  4. I've found that when I can't get rid of pop ups the pop-up in actually
    a bit of code that has been installed on my system.

    These scanning tools may be able to find the offending software or
    whether you have a weakness in your security:

    Another thing you might try is to delete your cookies and temporary
    Tools | Internet Options | select the Privacy tab | Move the slider
    in the Settings area to a higher level of security. Keep in mind that
    if you block ALL cookies some sites will be limited or even
    unaccessable.. but you can always go back and change it.

    Limiting the number of cookies you except can increase your privacy

    You might also try using firefox instead of Internet Explorer. FireFox
    is free.

, May 21, 2005
  5. Smoker~

    Smoker~ Guest

    Thanks to all for your offers of help. I installed a Hosts file that blocks
    malicious sites and everything has been fine the past two days, so far.

    Still unknown files getting into my startup and even running processes that
    XP doesn't recognize (according to EndItAll). They aren't effective but I'll
    run those scanning tools. I'd feel like a pain if I ever posted one of those
    long HijackThis files, unless people really don't mind reading them. I tried
    privoxy and it wouldn't start with my system setup.
    Smoker~, May 21, 2005
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