|Ed in Texas, appreciate the generousity and helpfulness of your reply. I'm using IE6 & 7 (2 new laptops Vista & XPH SP3 and one old laptop XPH SP2) and the fairly frequent buried popups have been of some annoyance and even added to OS problems in that I have stalled some installs (due to the issue) after not finding the popups when they were needing my responses. Worse, understandably I'm thinking the registry has been getting screwed up due to this issue.|
That said, its not likely either virus or trojans are causing this, especially since for years I've experienced this, even w/Windows 98. The problem seems to me an obvious one of a lack of properly focusing on popups. I've since begun minimizing open windows whenever I'm installing anything.
As for AV, I've tried most all of them, and even though I had a nasty time w/Norton's NIS 2005 (vowing to never use Norton again), but in that Norton was the one that recently saved my both the infected pendrive and my '05 VAIO from a bar311 trojan (which of note, TrendMicro's online scanner totally messed up the OS and even failed to clean the pendrive, despite feigning that it had. Of note, Blink's AV failed to detect it on the infected USB pendrive, both on autoscan and even a manual scan of the pendrive.
Hence, Norton having no problem fixing the pendrive and later, even the removed HD (as after TM's scanner 'cleaned' bar311, the 'cleaned' system therafter would only log on and immediately log right back off), so I'm now w/Norton (especially since neither Blink or TrendMicro had anything to say about my repeated complaints about their products failures).
Again, as neither one replied back indicating they'd fixed either their software, scanners or even their definitions for the bar311 varient of the something like 3 year old trojan (originating from the Philippines), I'm trusting in Norton.
Sooo, anyone having knowledge of this apparent bug's fix, I'd sure like to hear of it.
Oh ya, sorry for the war stories, but I have so many of them ('running' and I use the term loosely, Windows).
Regards and hap-e-trails, Steve Hopper