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Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by lesk, May 21, 2003.

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  1. lesk

    lesk Registered Member

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    Hello;
    New at this and a relative computer idiot so be patient.
    Have installed and updated both Spyware Blaster and Spybot S&D. Still getting pop-ups from slotch.com almost every time I get on internet. What gives?
     
  2. LowWaterMark

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    Hi lesk,

    The two products you've named are not specifically pop-up killers. SpywareBlaster protects your PC from some forms of spyware (perhaps most importantly what's called "drive by downloads" using ActiveX), and also it prevents many spyware based cookies, as well. Spybot S&D is mainly a spyware cleaning tool, though it also has some proactive protections in it.

    Perhaps if you can explain exactly what these pop-ups look like we could determine what type of protection you need to prevent them. If you could post an image of one, also, that would be great. (I went to the slotch.com but since I don't get any pop-ups because of my settings, I didn't see anything specific.)

    Based upon where I think this thread might end up going, I'm going to move it the the "privacy problems" forum section after I post this.

    Also - Welcome to the forum!!
    LowWaterMark
     
  3. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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    Hi lesk,

    Did you try this: http://www.lavasoftsupport.com/index.php?act=ST&f=11&t=724&s=
    If that and installing a popupkiller don't solve it:
    Please go to http://www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/, and download 'Hijack This!'.
    Unzip, doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".

    When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will change into a "Save Log" button.
    Press that, save the log as a .txt file, and copy and paste its contents into your next post.

    Most of what it lists will be harmless, so do not fix anything yet.

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  4. JayK

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    I'm really curious why this misconception occurs, i.e sptbot /adaware etc can be used as popup blockers.

    Sure, sometimes, popups are a direct effect of spyware /adware installed but isnt it more common for popups to orginate for the web page itself or even result of messanger spam?

    Actually i suspect why this is so.
    there is a canned reply going around on various forums and usenet forums from one of our members.

    Here's a sample.

    " Popups - The best way to start is to get Ad-Aware 5.83 and the
    associated Reference Updater 2.01 here: http://www.lavasoft.nu/ or
    here: http://www.lavasoftusa.com. Update and run this regularly to get
    rid of most "spyware/hijackware" on your machine. When you install the
    Reference Updater, be sure to go to 'Options|Preferences' and change the
    download folder to point to the folder where you have Ad-aware
    installed. (Otherwise, the latest reference file won't be used unless
    you copy it there manually).

    Another excellent program for this purpose is SpyBot Search and Destroy
    available here:
    http://security.kolla.de/ I recommend using both.

    Then, there are a variety of third party "Popup Killers" available. I
    normally use AdShield, "

    it seems strange to me that when answering a question on what is a free popup blocker, the answer starts with spyware detection progams and only towards the end the desired answer iss given.Without a explaination of why this is done.this might confuse new users. into thinking spybot etc is a popup blocker.

    Most of the time, i'm guessing popups are still a result of a normally functioning browser then any spyware...

    A better canned answer i would say would be to explain the main sources of popups or explain why adware is used..

    Just had to get this off my chest.
     
  5. Paul Wilders

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    Hi JayK

    Well, you have expressed your opinion - thanks for doing so ;).

    That said: IMO the issue is being handled pretty well.

    regards.

    paul
     
  6. Mike_Healan

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    Because a very large percentage of pop ups come from desktop advertising parasites or from Windows Messenger. Most pop up killers don't handle messenger pop ups and none handle adware pop ups.

    Considering that this person has pop ups from the same site each time, it's unlikely to be normal web page pop ups, and he probably has a parasite installed.

    EDIT:

    That said, you're right that people shouldn't confuse any spyware killer with a cookie controller or pop up killer. I get irritated to no end with people demanding to know why Ad-aware or Spybot doesn't catch cookies from some obscure domain.
     
  7. controler

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    looks like a lot of advertising goes through this company.

    http://www.slotch.com

    Investing
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    Travel
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    Sports Entertainment
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    Automobile
    Cars, Insurance, Financing, Maps, Loan, Electronics


    Adult Entertainment
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    Computers
    Internet, Hardware, Software, Games, Networking, Chat, Computers, Web Design, Web Hosting, Domain Names, Online Games

    Games & Gifts
    Toys, Books, Gifts, Jewelry, Flowers, Gift Baskets, Wine, Wedding, Certificate, Free Games

    Lifestyle
    Family, Hobbies, Jobs, Horoscopes, Cooking, Gardening, Dating, Shopping, Pets, Crafts, Recipes

    Home/Real estate
    Decorating, Life Insurance, Loan, Buying, Improvement, Interior Design, Design, Mortgage, Real Estate
     
  8. controler

    controler Guest

    Here isa very good read on hijacking from Sypwareinfo.com

    http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/articles/hijacked/
     
  9. JayK

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    Hmm, I'm confused, if the user gets a popup from the same site each time it's probably a parasite? I guess, i have one, since tripod sites keep trying to make popups on my computer! Should i post a hijackthis log??

    You claim that a large percentage of popups are a result of installed parasites, any evidence for that? My experience is the opposite.

    I wouldnt take the number of people here and on say spywareinfo forums as evidence, since there is naturally some self-selection going on. (I.e people with soyware related problems will come here)
     
  10. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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    Hi JayK,

    Since the question concerned popups from one particular source (not necessarily related to the sites visited at the time), there is reason enough to believe that it could be a parasite.

    If you'd like to post your HijackThis log I will be happy to analyze it for you. ;)

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  11. JayK

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    Okay, i was responding to another post where i interpreted "popups from the same site" as popups occuring when you visit that site.

    I'm having some strANGE problems with another computer where the computer spontaneously reboots once every few days..So i might take you up on your offer, but i have to rule out a hardware problem first since the motherboard has being causing me problems since the day i bought it.
     
  12. Samm

    Samm Guest

    I have gotten this several times. A web page you visit will install a link bar in your browser, change your home page, and randomly start popping up ads. The first thing to do when this happens, is to edit your 'hosts' file (/windows (9x), /winnt/system32/drivers/etc (NT,2000), /windows/system32/drivers/etc (XP) and ad this line...
    127.0.0.1 www.slotch.com
    This will keep this site from popping up. I have a HUGE hosts file!
     
  13. TonyKlein

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    That's really tantamount to treating the symptoms and not the cause itself.

    If popups are being generated from within your machine, you'd better find and get rid of the culprit.

    A Hijack This log will practically always allow us to pinpoint that culprit.
     
  14. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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    I found another slotch.com victim.
    If you are reluctant to post your HijackThis log, maybe you could check it yourself for this entry:
    O3 - Toolbar: Systran40premi.IEPlugIn - {CFB25594-4D5F-11D6-AB7B-00B0D094B576} - C:\Program Files\Systran\4_0\Premium\IEPlugIn.dll
    If it is present I would appreciate it very much if you could mail me the IEPlugin.dll

    Regards,

    Pieter

    Never mind. Tony pointed out that is probably a legit entry: http://www.systransoft.com/Products/Features.html
    We would appreciate your log however.
     
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