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Pop Ups in Windows XP

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Simon2506, Sep 29, 2003.

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  1. Simon2506

    Simon2506 Thread Starter

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    I have just installed Windows XP on my home PC. However, I am seeing all these strange system pop ups that appear to have come from 'outside', advertising other websites, for example "dontgetfat.com".

    They are not IE pop ups, but I have a broadband connection so I am always connected to the Internet. Firstly, why are they appearing and secondly, please can someone tell me how I can stop them appearing and get rid of them for good!?

    Thanks a lot,
    Simon.
     
  2. buddhafabio

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    these are windows messanger popups. it is a program used by it professionals to message people in their company using xp. and was exploited by spammers. you can disable windows messanger and that will take care of them.

    but it is a symptom of a port that is open and i recommend to atleast get firewall software. but you should get a decent router after the broadband modem
     
  3. Bryan

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    You need to get a good firewall but to stop them temporarily til you get a firewall program do this,

    Right on My Computer and Select Manage. Double left Click on "Services and Applications" on the left side of screen. Now on right side, double left click on "Services". Now scroll down and locate a service called "Messenger" and double left click on it. Then click on the "Startup Type" drop down box and select Disabled.

    Now restart Windows.

    If you want some recommendations for good software firewall programs, you may want to start a thread in the "Reviews" forum and I'm sure you'll get plenty of responses. Or someone may see this thread and make some recommendations. I personally have a hardware firewall so I'm not too versed on the software firewalls available, so I'll leave the recommendations to others. Also, be sure to mention that your trying to stop the popups because not all firewall software will let you block specific ports and that's what you need to do to close the hole your experiencing in Windows XP.
     
  4. 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.
     
  5. Simon2506

    Simon2506 Thread Starter

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    That's great chaps, thanks for helping me out. If I get anymore problems with them I'll come back!

    Regards,
    Simon.
     
  6. Ethmer

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    i assume that XP Home is similar to XP Pro, and if so it has a built-in Firewall that you can enable:

    To enable or disable Internet Connection Firewall
    Open Network Connections
    Click the Dial-up, LAN or High-Speed Internet connection that you want to protect, and then, under Network Tasks, click Change settings of this connection.
    On the Advanced tab, under Internet Connection Firewall, select one of the following:
    To enable Internet Connection Firewall (ICF), select the Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet check box.
    To disable Internet Connection Firewall, clear the Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet check box.
    Notes

    To open Network Connections, click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network Connections.
    You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.
    If you clear the Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet check box, the firewall on your computer is disabled, and your network is vulnerable to intrusions.
    You should not enable Internet Connection Firewall on virtual private networking (VPN) connections or on client computers because ICF will interfere with file and printer sharing.
    ICF cannot be enabled on the private connections of the Internet Connection Sharing host computer.
    Internet Connection Sharing, Internet Connection Firewall, Discovery and Control, and Network Bridge are not available on Windows XP 64-Bit Edition.


    As for Pop-ups, i recommend:


    PopUpStopper

    http://www.panicware.com/product_psfree.html

    It's free and works great.
     
  7. nick reynolds

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    I have norton internet security with firewall but it doesn't stop messenger popups. Have followed the advice above to disable messenger. Are there any practical disadvantages in doing this? I use xp home on my home computer.
     
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