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Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by dhayes1963, Oct 2, 2003.

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  1. dhayes1963

    dhayes1963 Thread Starter

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    I have an ad window that keeps popping up every few minutes. Something must be installed on my PC. How do I get rid of it ?

    The window says:

    "Messenger Service

    Message from ADMIN to YOU on 2/10/2003 9:11:39 PM

    *** SYSTEM ALERT ***

    Your system is LEAKING your IP address to the Internet.

    This may be a SECURITY RISK and a TOTAL STRANGER could silently ACCESS your computer, without your knowledge, while you are ONLINE.

    Write down this web site address and protect your PRIVATE computer files:

    www.PopupPadlock.com

    Note: Do not press OK until you have written down www.PopupPadlock.com and typed it into your web browser. Pressing OK will close this window forever."
     
  2. buddhafabio

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    um i press that link to get the pricing info. and for the price of that software you can get a router and fix the messanger vulnerability. and the google tool bar blocks popups for free
     
  3. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    To stop the problem with the gray boxes that appear on your screen advertising whatever, frequently they are advertising a pop up stopper to stop these pop ups

    These are what are called MESSENGER pop ups. They are NOT connected to your instant messenger program but are an administrative tool that allows administrators to send network messages to other users on the same network.
    It was designed for internal uses, but the spammers have found out that it works well on the general internet

    Best way is if you use a decent firewall then block ports 135,137,138,139,445 both TCP & UDP and both incoming & outgoing, that also stops other unwanted nasties

    A list of firewalls is available at http://www.wilders.org/firewalls.htm

    Otherwise download shoot the messsenger from http://news.grc.com/stm/ShootTheMessenger.htm

    or to manually disable
    Windows XP
    1. Click on the Start button and open the control panel.
    2. Open the Performance and Maintenance control panel and go to Administrative Tools.
    3. Now double-click on Services, then scroll to Messenger.
    4. Double-click Messenger and click Stop to stop the service.
    5. Change the startup type to Disable and click Apply at the bottom.
    6. Click OK to exit window.


    Windows 2000
    1. Click on the Start button -> Settings -> Control Panel.
    2. Double click on Administrative Tools.
    3. Now double-click on Services, then scroll to Messenger.
    4. Double-click Messenger and click Stop to stop the service.
    5. Change the startup type to Disable and click Apply at the bottom.
    6. Click OK to exit window.
     
  4. dhayes1963

    dhayes1963 Thread Starter

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    Thanks Derek.

    I have Windows XP Pro. I will give it a go.

    Drew (in Melbourne, Oz)
     
  5. buddhafabio

    buddhafabio

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    yes this will hide the real problem of ports being open and not secured. a router will fix this. i have been setup this way and never recieved a single 1.

    and i just figured out how they send the stupid things

     
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