Re: I am a 60 year old "user"...
From: Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] (lanwench_at_heybuddy.donotsendme.unsolicitedmail.atyahoo.com)
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 13:25:42 -0500
Hi, Frank - there are several kinds of popups....
Does the window title say anything about Messenger? If so, you need a
firewall. 'Messenger spam', is not in itself harmful, but is symptomatic of
a larger problem - your computer has ports open from the Internet.
You can disable the Messenger service, but that is unwise as a solution as
you'll still have the underlying problem that caused you to get the messages
in the first place - consider the messages a useful warning that you have no
protection from the Internet. This is all too important now, given the
recent rash of RPC worms....
For a standalone machine, see www.sygate.com for a free personal firewall,
or if using Windows XP, you can enable the built-in internet connection
See http://securityadmin.info/faq.htm for more info. Also,
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/nopopups.htm is a good resource - although
for browser popups, you might want to consider http://toolbar.google.com -
it works like a champ and is also handy for searching.
Also, go to www.lavasoft.de and get AdAware - install, launch, update it,
and run it. It will look for spyware and tracking cookies and help you get
rid of them.
Frank M. Durham wrote:
> How the hell do I get rid of Pop-Ups and cookies? I
> have XP Professional on my machine. I relly don't do much
> with this machine but Email, write and sometimes do
> research on the Internet. Pop-Ups and cookie driven crap
> are about to drive me nuts.