Remove Porno Pop Ups

Question

Remove porno pop ups. I have Norton and Spyware Doctor running but I can't prevent these pop ups. Can you please help me?

Kelly

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This question was answered on July 13, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It is not uncommon for the registry to fill with invalid entries and entries that you don't want at all (like spyware and adware).

The first thing I would do is to use a program like AdAware and run it with the latest updates applied to see what that finds You can normally delete just above everything it finds, but in some cases you cannot AdAware will allow you to restore deleted settings if you find that some program that you want to use no longer runs You will find that virtually all file sharing utilities and programs that rely on advertising may be affected.

Secondly there are many registry cleaning utilities available, some of which are free or available for limited use for free These programs will detect unnecessary entries in the registry (links to deleted programs etc.) and allow you to remove them Deleting entries from the registry could render Windows inoperable if you delete the wrong things, so make sure that you back up the registry before doing anything You can find a range of these utilities for download from www.tucows.com - go to Windows programs-->System Utilities-->Registry

The data miner files will invariably be cookies that have been set when you have visited a website There are many legitimate reasons for a website to set a cookie in your browser, the most common of these is to save you from logging on each time you visit a page on a website that you are a member of

However sometimes cookies can be set to track browsing habits and gather information about general browsing habits and even your habits Generally speaking this type of cookie is one you don't need and can do without, but they can also be useful For example, you might be a member of book buying website and when you arrive at the site you logon with your user name and a cookie is set; now this cookie could be used to track what type of books you are looking at (or buying) and then the next time you visit the site it may show you books in the categories you have bought or browsed

I regularly delete all cookies my computer, except for a few that I know I want - automatic login cookies to sites that I trust.

Trojans are however a completely different kettle of fish Trojans are normally software that has been installed on your computer with the sole purpose of allowing other people to access your computer or for the computer to send your personal information to the trojan author They can be highly dangerous and hard to detect The simplest way to avoid them is never to install software whose origin you cannot completely trust.

Back to the crux of your question, the data miners are not tracking the visitors to your website, but are tracking your visits to other websites

Find a copy of Stopzilla at either download.com or tucows.com and install this Then when this or any other unwanted popup appears again, relegate it to the banned list and you will not see it again

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Posted by Johnny of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on July 13, 2005