How to stop strange IE6 popups? (including on about:blank pages)

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by laminate, Dec 29, 2003.

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    laminate Guest

    Last week I stupidly installed software that promised free MP3
    downloads, but that of course was a piece of browser-hijacking,
    spyware-laden junk. I no longer remember much, but the installer was
    called "mp3.plugin.exe" and can be downloaded from for those crazy enough to want to
    experiment for themselves.

    Using Ad-aware and hijackthis, I was able to get my computer back to
    how it should be. However, ever since I had that experience, Internet
    Explorer 6.0 fires off a popup ad at startup (my startup page is a
    blank page) and at other times that I'm connecting to sites that I
    *know* are popup-free.

    How can I correct this?

    Technical information:

    - Windows 98 operating system
    - IE 6.0 browser. This is actually my secondary browser; I use
    Netscape 7.1 as my primary browser and it appears to be 100% okay.
    - My IE browser uses no pop-up stoppers or add-on toolbars. As such,
    I *do* expect it to get pop-ups sometime from known popup sites. But
    certainly not from a blank page, and certainly not from sites that,
    when visited from other computers, do not generate pop-ups, ever.
    - The sites in my IE browser history that I didn't go to of my own
    accord include:
    *** - flagged by spybot

    As I was typing this, I ran the Spybot software on my computer, and it
    found instances, describing them in a way that matched what I
    was experiencing. So I *think* that Spybot fixed my problem - I've
    had no unexpected IE popups since running it. But please, I'd welcome
    comments from others.
    laminate, Dec 29, 2003
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    °Mike° Guest

    °Mike°, Dec 29, 2003
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    Mike Burgess Guest

    That "plugin" is definately infected!
    AVG reports it as "Downloader.Small" .........
    So that tells me you are not running any AV program? .......

    Make *sure* you update SpyBot before each scan!
    If your still having troubles post your problem to their Support Forum.
    Mike Burgess [MVP Windows Shell\User]
    Blocking Spyware, Adware, Parasites, Hijackers, Trojans, with a HOSTS file [updated 12-26-03]
    Please post replies to this Newsgroup, email address is invalid
    Mike Burgess, Dec 29, 2003
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    °Mike° Guest

    <Followup-To set to 24hoursupport.helpdesk>

    It's *not* a virus. It's a pornware downloader.
    °Mike°, Dec 29, 2003
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