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jk11

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Hello,

I was wondering if there was a way to hide your ip address for view while browsing the web.
I'm not sure if this could be done or not or if it will mess anything up.
But one day I was browsing the web and a pop-up ad came up and it had my ip address in it.
So I was just curious to know if there is a way to block this from being viewed without causing any major problems ?
Also I am running Windows XP.

Thanks in advance for any help.
 
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....just thinking out loud here.....if you totally block your IP address ( like with Zone Alarm/firewall), you would not be viewing the site that had the pop-up ad. The pop-up advertisers are making use of the fact that they can get to you through your visit to a site (hence knowledge of your IP ).
I am thinking of a simple analogy ...... if you don't want snail mail, you could take the number off your mailbox.....you wouldn't get ads, but you wouldn't get any mail at all.
This is a non technical thought on the subject, but lets see what the wizards here at TSG have to say.
In looking for some info on this subject I found this interesting app available online.....not what you were asking about specifically, but kind of related in a way.

( click for "eSTOP" )
 
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Balzac

You can mask it by using one of thousands of anonymous proxy servers out there.

In IE:
It's as easy as going to Tools>Internet options>Connections>Settings and then where you see proxy server enter the Ip and port connection of the proxy server, click use a proxy server for this connection and click ok.

Some info and lists

http://www.publicproxyservers.com/index.html
 
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anonymous proxy server sounds EXACTLY like what jk11 wants......and so do I now.

Thanks for the best tip of the day, Balzac....I need to check this out further right away.
 
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OK....I did exactly as Balzac said and completed the whole proxy server thing....BUT my IP is still being detected...I've changed to 3 different servers! Anyone have any idea what's up? What am I doing wrong?

Patrick
 

dvk01

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Hiding your IP address will not stop these popups.

They are the Xp/2000 messenger spam. what happens is someone inputs a whole series of IP addresses and if your's haoppens to be one of them you will get the pop up.

to stop it follow instructions here: (with Thanks to Tony Klein for the info)

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.

BTW, this has nothing to do with the MSN /Windows Messenger Instant Messaging service


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.

For Windows 95, 98, and ME
* Under Control Panel, select Add/Remove.
* Select Windows Setup.
* Select System Tools.
* Click Details.
* Uncheck WinPopUp.
* Click OK.
* Reboot

Alternative 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
 
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