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Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by darkartist01, Oct 2, 2003.

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  1. darkartist01

    darkartist01 Thread Starter

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    and what is with the pop ups telling me to get a pop up stopper....they are relentless?

    would LOVE some help with this
     
  2. BlueSpruce

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    Start with updating your Anti-Virus software Definitions and scanning your system in Safe Mode.
    The following link can assist you in starting your computer in Safe Mode
    http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2001052409420406

    Or , Have your computer scanned at one of the following free online Virus Scanners ,
    http://housecall.trendmicro.com/en/home/us/personal.htm
    http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/

    Download CWShredder , Unzip to the Desktop www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/files/cwshredder.zip
    Close all browser windows , check the Taskbar for minimized windows as well ,To run CWShredder hit the ''Next'' button , When CWShredder is finished Shutdown & Reboot your computer

    Next , download and install Spybot search & destroy www.security.kolla.de Open Spybot search & destroy , Click Online , Search for updates , Download all available updates , log offline , Close all browser windows , check your taskbar for minimized windows as well , Run Spybot search & destroy , put a check in every entry Spybot search & destroy returns , Click fix problems. Reboot again.

    Consider installing SpywareBlaster v2.6.1 and SpywareGuard v2.2 for the prevention of both Spyware Active X installation and running , and Browser Hijacking protection in real-time http://www.wilderssecurity.net/index.html

    Finish with downloading Hijack This version 1.97 , Unzip Hijack This to your Desktop www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/ Press the scan button , the scan button becomes save log button , (Do not fix anything yet) save the log to the Desktop , Return to this thread , copy and paste the log to the forum.

    Good luck
     
  3. cannymum

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    With a little help from some friends:
    "just a guess it was a popup saying for something like $29 they will tell you how to stop it? and they Might have given you an address to go to and you could not find a url on it?
    ok i am putting a link at the end of this with a link showing you how to stop messenger service. this is windows message service and has NOTHING to do with instant message ok? this was originally created so a office admin could send a message to all to say things like " e-mail will be down in 10 min" well some scum has found a way to use it on the web! if you don't use this feature ( and in a home i don't think you do ;-) )
    you can disable it without any problems! and even if it didn't fix it , it will prevent them from doing it to you and your computer!"

    Have a look here
     
  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.
     
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