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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by m00ch, Feb 15, 2003.

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  1. m00ch

    m00ch Thread Starter

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    I have been using this site for sometime and have always gotten great advice, I recently purchased a new pc and am having no real problems except this... I keep getting these pop up type boxes that are text only every few seconds they say messenger service at the top and are usually some type of advertisement I'm sure its some kind of ad ware I have ran AdAware6 multiple times but itsstill there . I have been using win 98 for the last 4 years so I'm having a little trouble finding things in the xp version to even get in there and try to find it myself, when I type in msconfig and go to the startup tab there is about 40 items in there and I don't know what is important and what isnt... can anyone help????
     
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  3. m00ch

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    thx very much so far so good.....
     
  4. JohnWill

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    FWIW, I don't recommend turning off messenger, since it has some legitimate functions. If you configure your firewall (you do have a firewall, right?) to block ports 135, 137-139, and 445, you'll block these popup ads.

    What these ads are telling you is you don't have proper firewall protection, consider them a wake-up call! :rolleyes: You're treating the symptom, not the desease by turning off messenger.
     
  5. m00ch

    m00ch Thread Starter

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    I do not have a firewall installed guess I need to get one huh?
    thx for the input everyone
     
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  7. Dan O

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    XP has a built-in firewall.

    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.

    But it will not block the ports mentioned by Johnwill.

    I personally disable the Messenger service:

    In Control Panel using Classic, double-click Services.
    Select the Messenger service.
    Click Stop.

    -or-

    Run the following at the command prompt:

    net stop messenger
     
  8. steamwiz

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    I believe the XP firewall doesn't block outgoing traffic either

    Best to disable and get a decent firewall

    steam
     
  9. m00ch

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    Thanx again, you guys are always so helpful. I'll just go buy a firewall , any recommendations on a good one, before I bought my new pc I was running Mcafee personal firewall but it interfered with my cable connection and they told me to disable it... hate to get back into all that it was a pain ...
     
  10. Dan O

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    I had the same problem with McAfee and I switched to ZoneAlarm, which is one of the best, see: http://www.zonelabs.com/
     
  11. steamwiz

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    No need to buy a firewall

    check post #6 above

    steam
     
  12. m00ch

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    one more quick one, can you guys tell me what all these "processes are in my startup they were mostly in there when I bought the pc and it says 32 "processes are running?? is this necessary?
     
  13. steamwiz

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    No you definately don't need all those and they will be using up system resources and slowing down your computer

    If you post your startup list we should be able to help you

    Please post your startup list by doing the following :-

    Please go here and download startuplist 1.51 :-

    http://www.lurkhere.com/~nicefiles/

    Download to any folder or your desktop
    Unzip the zipfile
    Double click the exe file
    go to Edit - select all - copy - and paste the results in a new post here

    steam
     
  14. Dan O

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    You can get the same information by running MSINFO32, which comes with Windows. Use the Edit Select and Copy to post what information is needed.

    Personally, Startuplist provides is too much to review and interpret.
     
  15. steamwiz

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    Why Dan O you spoilsport - I love looking at startup lists :D

    steam
     
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