Excessive popups under firefox

July 2, 2007 at 09:05:11
Specs: Win XP
I've been experiencing a lot of popups under firefox recently. These popups do not seem to be caused by whatever site I may be visiting, as I have gotten them from google, forums and various other sites which I know for a fact do not use popup ads. I've gotten two so far since the start of this message, and this site is the only open window.

I have tried many different antivirus and anti-spyware programs to no avail; none of them can find whatever it is causing this.

I've tried uninstalling firefox and then re-installing it, but that doesn't seem to help.

In desperation I started using Internet Explorer again in the hopes that it was a problem specific to firefox but alas no, whatever this thing is its gotten to IE as well. Opera works fine, but i'm used to firefox and would quite like to continue using it.

If anyone has any insight, please let me know.

Thanks,

Nil


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#1
July 2, 2007 at 14:50:05
Here is all the the info needed to empower yourself, anything you are not sure of, put into a search engine like Google & GOOGLE, GOOGLE, GOOGLE.
Example, the popups will have a name, put them into Google.

Read one of these links 1st, they have step by step.
http://wiki.castlecops.com/Malware_...
http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/Must...
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/show...
Use HiJackThis to track down or check for possible infections.
Important: Create a specific folder on your hard drive called HijackThis to keep its backups.
You can do this by going to My Computer (Windows key+e) then double click on C: then right click and select New then Folder and name it HijackThis. Download and unzip HijackThis.exe into this folder.
http://www.merijn.org/downloads.html Or, http://tomcoyote.com/hjt/ Or, http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/...
If possible run HJT in Normal mode ( not Safe ) with all your normal startup's working.
HijackThis Tutorial - How to Analyse your own log.
http://spywarewarrior.com/viewtopic...
http://hometown.aol.co.uk/jrmc137/h...
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tut...
http://www.malwarehelp.org/understa...
HijackThis log file analysis ( online )
http://hijackthis.de/index.php?lang...
Or,
http://startup.networktechs.com/pag...
http://hjt.iamnotageek.com
Malware Prevention: Prevent Re-infection
http://wiki.castlecops.com/Malware_...
http://www.offroaders.com/ralphtheg...


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#2
July 2, 2007 at 22:09:22
Look for and install a Firefox Add-on called 'Adblock' - I don't suffer with your problem

It's not that I can't remember things as I get older, it's just that my hard drive's full.


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