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MsWicked
2-3-02, 09:38 AM
Somehow I have gotten "infected" by popup porn windows and can't seem to stop them. I deleted cookies, temp webpages, rebooted and nothing worked. I know this must be something simple yet I'm missing it.

Can anyone tell me how to get this out of my computer? It even happens when I only have email open and not my browser.

Thanks in advance!

hutchreport
2-3-02, 11:39 AM
You may have been infected by some type of spyware program, that got installed on your computer. Recently, Google had an interesting story about this type of spyware that places pop up windows on a persons system without their permission. They mentioned some free software which will check your system and let you know if this is the problem and they give you some advice on how to get these programs off your computer. When I downloaded this software I had one spyware program on my system I didn't know about, "Time Sink" which was installed without my permission years ago when I donwloaded PKZIP. This type of spyware doesn't how up as running when you hit ctl+alt+del or if you look under add/remove programs, it's not on the list. I don't know if this might be what's causing your problem, but it might be a good idea to check this out.

http://www.lsfileserv.com/index.html

Mark

MsWicked
2-3-02, 01:43 PM
Originally posted by hutchreport
You may have been infected by some type of spyware program, that got installed on your computer. Recently, Google had an interesting story about this type of spyware that places pop up windows on a persons system without their permission. They mentioned some free software which will check your system and let you know if this is the problem and they give you some advice on how to get these programs off your computer. When I downloaded this software I had one spyware program on my system I didn't know about, "Time Sink" which was installed without my permission years ago when I donwloaded PKZIP. This type of spyware doesn't how up as running when you hit ctl+alt+del or if you look under add/remove programs, it's not on the list. I don't know if this might be what's causing your problem, but it might be a good idea to check this out.

http://www.lsfileserv.com/index.html

Mark

Thank you SOOO much! I had alot of spyware on my computer. I believe I have eliminated it all now though thanks to you and ad-aware.

Powweb Forums are great, aren't they?! :p

hutchreport
2-3-02, 01:56 PM
I hope you can visit websites now without "some" of those pop up ads. They really do take away from a good internet experience. Have a great day...

Mark

MsWicked
2-3-02, 05:51 PM
I thought it was gone but its not. The software found quite a few spyware programs and deleted them but this cybererotica thing keeps popping up. If I use the back arrow, it sends me to yet another porn site.

Its gotta be a re-direct thing but I don't know how to stop it.

I have to leave to go out of town at 4am Monday. If anyone has any ideas before then, please let me know. I'm desperate.

Thanks

hutchreport
2-3-02, 06:12 PM
I found on my system that the spyware program that I had, didn't come off my computer when I ran the software. The software only removed it from my Windows Registry, which only kept it from working until I rebooted my system. Some of these programs are set up to run each time Windows is loaded. I don't know if this is what's going on with your system, just wanted to let you know you might want to re-run the software and see if anything new pops up. If it does, then you still have the spyware on your computer. Some of these spyware programs are pretty hard to remove from your system. However, you can run the registry scan of the program we've talked about each time you reboot and that will solve the problem, until you can find a way to get it completely off your computer. This MAY NOT be your problem, just pointing our something that might be an issue with your system.

MsWicked
2-4-02, 07:53 AM
Having searched everywhere on the net and following every little breadcrumb I could, I think I might have finally gotten rid of my problem.

Something I read said "timed cookies". I couldn't find more info on that so I simply went into my cookie folder and deleted everything. Then, in Tools, Internet Options, Settings, View Objects.... I found some downloaded program files that I didn't recognize (who would?! They were just numbers!) I checked their properties and one was a "dialer". Two more had "xxx" in them or "erotic" in them so I deleted all three. I haven't had a single problem since then. Hopefully, I won't.

BTW, it seems that I got this from a webmasters forum. The forum was very upset about it because they say they had nothing to do with it. They are trying to find out how it is getting to their users now but quite a few got it.

Ddr
2-4-02, 01:36 PM
Thanks MsW

I have had run-ins before with various ad wares and spywares. Some if it was rather toxic, too, especially if you disable parts of one but didn't get it all. I am still contemplating a reformat here to clean house. Guess it is the price to pay for some of the things I have done on the web. Sorry you had those troubles, but I have learned a bit from this thread. (psssst,,,and if any of those pics in the pop-ups were good, could you send them to me? ....*just kidding*)

Dale

middleground
2-5-02, 03:31 PM
Just wanted to throw in two valuable links:

ZoneAlarm (http://www.zonealarm.com) for keeping those pesky things from dialing out (there is a free version)- a lot of times this will pick up and attempted dialout and notify you of program doing it.

Gibson Research Corporation (http://www.grc.com). Mr Steve Gibson (original creator of Zonealarm) has done extensive work in security / privacy issues and has written many free programs for detecting and removing these things. Worth a checkout.

And then one can always buy a Mac (I have yet to be bothered by any of the shareware / viruses).


:)

MsWicked
2-5-02, 07:02 PM
I've tried everything I can think of and even the things you have all suggested yet I still have it. I'm wondering if I will have to reinstall my browser. Will that work? Will it overwrite whatever is on there? What if I scrap Explorer and go with Netscape? I haven't used Netscape in years.

I found a link to a javascript expert and I wrote to him but haven't heard back yet.

This is totally unbelievable.

middleground
2-5-02, 07:52 PM
Originally posted by MsWicked
BTW, it seems that I got this from a webmasters forum. The forum was very upset about it because they say they had nothing to do with it. They are trying to find out how it is getting to their users now but quite a few got it.

Please advise on what board it was !!!!!!

As many of us may be regulars...

Otherwise- looking more and more like a "clean OS install" :(

Also- may be a long shot but- Try to get on TechTV The Screen Savers- users call in nightly with problems- they love this kind of stuff (it infuriates them). Can get number at TechTV.com

One last thing- have you tried any virus scanning software???

Ddr
2-5-02, 07:58 PM
Have you located the offending files? I have had them put onto My machine with write protection and delete protection before. That is really nasty.

I was told that if you wanted to delete those protected files, go into DOS mode before Windows boots and they can be deleted there because Windows is not protecting them yet (it hasn't started up). I am sorry to tell you I dont know the DOS commands to do that.

I will warn you again, to try and identify all of the components of that app before you delete, because a partial deletion might make your internet connections fail (I have seen this on the boards before). For some who got into real trouble , the only answer was a reformat of their hard drive. I would suggest you backup up as much data as you can before attempting to delete these things in DOS, then if they fail and it hurts your puter, you can go right ahead with a reformat and get it over with.

Agreeing with Middleground, you might find that the most updated version of Norton removes some of that. Your antivirus protection is only as good as your last update. I was ready to reformat, when the most recent subscription update to my virus definitions included a "fix" to my biggest problem files.(They love to give them names that make them look like they belong in your system, too....I had "Explorer.exe" and "Winfat32.exe" removed by Norton) Well, it didn't completely fix it, but is sure disabled them. I have not had to reformat.

Sorry for the not-so-good suggestions

Dale

MsWicked
2-5-02, 11:47 PM
Thanks to the two of you for more suggestions but nothing is working. I found a program that stopped the offending popup (which stopped the ones that followed it) but it put a white screen in its place and it messed up everything else I tried to do. I disabled java which means my poor hubby can't play his favorite games and we can't have that!

So, tomorrow I will spend all day deleting and downloading a new version of Exlorer or maybe Netscape. Then if that doesnt work, I will copy whatevery files I can and restore the entire computer with my old harddrive.

Yuk ack pitooey! Boy, would I love to get my hands on the person that thought up this little marketing gem!

Ddr
2-6-02, 12:13 AM
I know I cant do anthing more to help you with this, but I do have a suggestion for you for next time.

You should consider installing Roxio GoBack 3.O Deluxe onto your machine after you reformat. It keeps copies of your registry and other key files and allows you to literally turn the clock back on your computer's configuration if you were to download or install something that hurts your system. I have not used it myself, but it is top rated and I have never heard a bad thing about it.

Best of luck

Dale

middleground
2-6-02, 07:04 AM
Originally posted by MsWicked
So, tomorrow I will spend all day deleting and downloading a new version of Exlorer

Remember one never really deletes IE, just to embedded in OS (everyone say it with me- Thanks Bill for the innovation).

Good Luck

MsWicked
2-6-02, 09:28 PM
In the endless battle of the porn popups, a victor has emerged and it is.......

(DRUMROLL)

........... MsWicked!!!! Ha! That'll teach ya to attack the stubborn ones, cybererotica!


Okay, seriously... thanks to AdDelete software, I have disabled the popups on the sites I want disabled yet I am able to see the ones I want (Flipside, weather channel, etc.) without much hassle at all.

I tried popup stopper and a couple of other things but the drawbacks were almost as bad as the popups themselves. For whatever reason, this software does the trick for me.

Berek Halfhand
2-8-02, 09:55 AM
Hang on a sec. Your first post said it happens when you have e-mail open. You wouldn't happen to be using Outlook or one of it's evil spawn children???? The freekin works piece of software to infect the internet ever. What you probably have is an e-mail that uses script to kick off ie and the pr0n sites. Try deleting all your mail items (print any you need ofcourse) and empty the trash.

Hope this helps.

EDIT Damn, I got in 30secs too late....

tobylee
2-11-02, 02:07 AM
MsWicked

I PM'd you about Lavasofts free li'l program called Ad-aware

http://www.lsfileserv.com/index.html

EvilGokuSSJ
2-14-02, 07:26 PM
Uhm...lol...i think you wasted your time..... here is some solutions that always work der...lol ok first off try looking for these programs on http://www.download.com


1.Adaware
2.History Kill

download them, run them.

No work? well smack me silly if this wont work

Click on start -> Run

type in
"msconfig"

then look for a tab named "startup"
look for any unusal programs, if you do find, uncheck them...volia...omg i just noticed...i rule

middleground
2-14-02, 09:25 PM
Or be totally secure- run a Mac :)

(couldn't resist)

EvilGokuSSJ
2-14-02, 09:35 PM
dude thats just sick...lol

SBGlasby
2-18-02, 09:34 PM
Ad Aware.....I'll swear by it.... digs deep and get all the bugs out.... even the ones buried in the registry....

but be careful.... if you're running in " ADware software"..." the ones that run advertising in the window" ..... remember that before you CLICK Delete.... you may have to re-install the software.... since part of it relies on the ads.... that pay for it to be out there....

Other than that.... Works good.....

pop-up killers... are mostly going by the window title.... and the ad people are aware of that... so they generate... random letter & number combinations to to into the window title.... so the pop-up killers won't see them.... in their list of windows to kill....

Vitasales.net
2-26-02, 04:35 AM
I had some exchange banners on my website, the banner exchange program closed and a porn website had taken over the banners. They would cause porn pop-ups to appear when someone would visit my website but only on the pages where the banners were still up. So make sure you are not using those banners. The ones I had problems with where from banneradsforfree.com

Vitasalesnet

sbmongoos
3-2-02, 11:55 AM
Perhaps this will help. A friend of mine told me about a program called AdAware. Latest version is 5.62. They update like virus programs do. Meaning that new companies, or whomever, need to be added to a list so this program will look to clean these types of things out of your system registery/computer. I haven't had such a thing happen but I do have AdAware installed and run it on occasion and have cleaned out entries. I have it and can email to you or you can go to:

http://tomcoyote.com/lsindex.html

Apparently they are temporarliy being repointed to the above address. Apparent server problem. But you can get to their site to get this software and update features, etc.

Hope this helps.

nova
3-9-02, 11:36 PM
Originally posted by MsWicked
I thought it was gone but its not. The software found quite a few spyware programs and deleted them but this cybererotica thing keeps popping up. If I use the back arrow, it sends me to yet another porn site.

Its gotta be a re-direct thing but I don't know how to stop it.

I have to leave to go out of town at 4am Monday. If anyone has any ideas before then, please let me know. I'm desperate.

Thanks
hmm
Ive seen this a few times its a dialer thats installed and im not talking a dialer for your isp.
These are deals that send you to a webpage open urls call 1900 numbers a whole lot of bs.
Chances are you will find if you ctrl alt del once in win9x or right click and click task manager in the task bar you will see seomthing that says cybererotica or something dialer.
Kill thoose if one of them happens to be your isp conection no biggy you just killed your conect or control for it and wont harm your system.
I also sugest going to http://www.dslreports.com and head to their security forums plenty of info bout any thing security related and how to get rid of these types of programs.