Mad as fuck with these "pop ups"

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by lemans23, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. lemans23

    lemans23 PV - The Vision of Sound

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2004
    Messages:
    13,967
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Indy
    Every now and again, I'll start hearing this random news report from my computer. There are no windows open, and it's internet based because if I disconnect from the net, it'll go away usually. Regular spyware/adware programs aren't doing the trick, and I can't find the process. Anyone know anything aobut these "invisible popups" ? Thanks.
     
  2. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Messages:
    32,407
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    OKC
    Install the google toolbar with popup blocker.
    Then turn off system messenger in your admin tools.
     
  3. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

    Joined:
    May 6, 2000
    Messages:
    52,443
    Likes Received:
    277
    Location:
    Northwest Mejicooooooo
    That sounds like something AOL would do. Have you updated AIM recently?
     
  4. lemans23

    lemans23 PV - The Vision of Sound

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2004
    Messages:
    13,967
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Indy
    Yes, actually. I have triton.
     
  5. lemans23

    lemans23 PV - The Vision of Sound

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2004
    Messages:
    13,967
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Indy
    Where's admin tools?
     
  6. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Messages:
    32,407
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    OKC
    Start > Administrative Tools > Services

    I think it's called messaging service. Set it to disable AND be sure to change the start up behavior to disable. Then reboot.

    That's one way the popups can get through and they are annoying as hell.
     
  7. PPI Typhoon

    PPI Typhoon Guest

    or go to start > run > then type "services.msc" hit enter.

    That will get you to services too.

    Being that you have that on, if you're running XP, install SP2 ASAP.
     
  8. lemans23

    lemans23 PV - The Vision of Sound

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2004
    Messages:
    13,967
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Indy
    Just checked, it's already disabled. I got the google toolbar, but there's no pop up blocker in it? I'm using firefox 2 if that makes any difference (was still getting them with the non beta version).
     
  9. lemans23

    lemans23 PV - The Vision of Sound

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2004
    Messages:
    13,967
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Indy
    Bump. Got another ad today about Chase banks. Starting to piss me off.
     
  10. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2005
    Messages:
    19,712
    Likes Received:
    0
    Are you using WeatherBug? If you are, get the hell rid of it. It pays for itself by showing you ads (hence the term "adware").

    Open My Computer. Turn on the "Show Hidden Files" and "Show Protected System Files" settings in Folder Options. Go back to your Start Menu and look inside the "Startup" folder and see if there are any new, formerly hidden, icons inside. Delete them if you're not sure that you want them.

    Run MSConfig.exe, go to the Startup tab, and turn off anything that you don't want to run on startup or that you can't figure out what it's for. (you can always turn them back on later.) Reboot the computer.

    If that doesn't work, open Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel and go to the Windows Components section. Look at the details for the Network Services item and make sure Simple TCP/IP Services isn't installed. While you're at it, uninstall the Indexing Service too -- unless you're running a server, there isn't a chance in hell you actually need it. Reboot again.

    Go to Google.com, click on the "More >" hyperlink to the right of the search textbox, and select "Even more >" from the menu that appears. Look through the list of tools for the Google Toolbar and install it in BOTH Firefox AND Internet Explorer. (it doesn't matter if you think you're avoiding IE6, it still runs all the time because it's also used for Windows Explorer and My Computer.)

    If none of that helps, come back for more.
     
  11. lemans23

    lemans23 PV - The Vision of Sound

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2004
    Messages:
    13,967
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Indy
    Thought I got rid of them, hadn't had them for a few days. Just came back a few seconds ago. :mad:
     
  12. Wolf68k

    Wolf68k OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2003
    Messages:
    4,861
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    Use hijackthis and post the log, or just go to hijackthis.de and analyze it yourself.
     
  13. lemans23

    lemans23 PV - The Vision of Sound

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2004
    Messages:
    13,967
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Indy
    I have hijackthis, and I'll post the log next time the shit comes up.
     
  14. lemans23

    lemans23 PV - The Vision of Sound

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2004
    Messages:
    13,967
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Indy
  15. OutHouse

    OutHouse New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2006
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    MA, USA
    Sounds like it might be a hidden downloader (trojan)
    If you can find an older version of ewido, it finds things that ad-aware, spybot, antivirus, and others don't find. Try majorgeeks for the older version.
    New version is out of Grisoft, and I haven't played with it yet. May/should work just as well??!
    good luck. Adware sucks.
     
  16. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2005
    Messages:
    22,743
    Likes Received:
    27
    Location:
    yinzer / nilbog, trollhio
  17. Wolf68k

    Wolf68k OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2003
    Messages:
    4,861
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    Why do you have the taskmanager (taskmgr.exe) in the Startup folder?
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\taskmgr.exe
    Wait this ain't right. This is an exe in the startup folder


    Not that it would help but it seems it couldn't hurt, you can just get rid of these. Let HJT fix it.
    R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - _{605C4BAA-824C-F1CE-1FCB-A4BFAFFA80C4} - (no file)
    R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - _{02EE5B04-F144-47BB-83FB-A60BD91B74A9} - (no file)
    O16 - DPF: {BDEE1959-AB6B-4745-A29B-F492861102CC} -
    O18 - Filter: text/html - {624A3CDB-8C0A-4902-8480-191582C8498E} - (no file)


    Ok for some reason msconfig and taskmgr are both running on start up, which you don't need.
    O4 - Global Startup: msconfig.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: taskmgr.exe


    I hope you have Microsoft Office installed, if not then you might want to have a look into this as a possible virus. If you do have MSO then skip it.
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe


    I'm going to assume you have AMUST Registry Cleaner installed
    O20 - Winlogon Notify: RegCompact - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\RegCompact.dll



    Over all the problem is that there doesn't seem to be anything that is for sure something that wouldbe causing the popups, and I'm not including all of the AOL crap and I won't get into a rant about my thoughts on AOL/AIM.
     
  18. lemans23

    lemans23 PV - The Vision of Sound

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2004
    Messages:
    13,967
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Indy
    Yes, AMUST is installed. It always starts with a random advertisement, then it goes into the same stupid ass news story (although it has changed since I made this thread to a new one).
     
  19. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2005
    Messages:
    19,712
    Likes Received:
    0
    Never trust any automatic registry cleaner. Get that bitch off your computer NOW.

    The only good registry cleaner is one that brings items to your attention and asks you what to do with them. There's no way in hell that one programmer or one team of programmers can possibly figure out all the infinite number of ways that a registry entry can be used, and so it's impossible for any automatic registry cleaner to be able to detect unneeded entries with 100% accuracy. Your cleaner is a catastrophe waiting to happen.
     
  20. lemans23

    lemans23 PV - The Vision of Sound

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2004
    Messages:
    13,967
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Indy
    Okay. I went balls out with PC cleaning, and I got about 80% good, 20% bad. Start with the good:

    Computer is lightning fast
    No popups
    Ewido is scheduling scans at 6:45 in the morning (comp on 24/7, i wake up at 7) and 3:30 in the afternoon (get home at 3:40)

    Now the bad:

    I no longer have any windows sounds (XP welcome sound, notification chimes (comes from within the PC now), and Recycle bin sounds)

    It takes literally MINUTES for my computer to start up. It goes through the first bit in a few seconds like normal, then it stays on the blue welcome screen for around 30 seconds to a minute, then shows just by desktop picture for around 2-3 minutes, then the icons and shit load.


    Why the hell does it take forever to start? There's not much anything on my comptuer to start up as I cleaned like a mother fucker, so I'm lost for ideas. Help?
     
  21. Paulblo

    Paulblo OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2003
    Messages:
    5,723
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Portland
    the problem was ads in aim
     
  22. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

    Joined:
    May 22, 2005
    Messages:
    28,741
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    lauderhill, fl
    configuring windows properly > you



    :rofl:
     
  23. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2005
    Messages:
    19,712
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sounds like your registry settings are hosed. Time for a System Restore.
     
  24. lemans23

    lemans23 PV - The Vision of Sound

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2004
    Messages:
    13,967
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Indy
    Tried system restore, nothin worked because it said the restore was unsuccessful :mad:

    Anything else?
     
  25. 4W4K3

    4W4K3 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2004
    Messages:
    5,108
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    TX
    TuneXP might be able to help you as far as boot up time. It shaved alot off my laptop's boot up time. However if you are having registry problems you may need something a bit mroe drastic. On the Microsoft site you should be able to find directions on how to wipe and re-build the MBR. It's really quite easy, a few lines of code. Everytime I've had HDD failure or boot up problems this has saved me.
     

Share This Page