Solved Unwanted Adverts on Windows 7 browser Homepage, etc.

February 25, 2013 at 14:56:29
Specs: Windows 7
I have unwanted adverts popping up all over my screen. I am new to computing so have probably inadvertantly let them in. In simple terms, can you tell me how to block them, without preventing access to Ebay, Yahoo and other popular sites. Thank you

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February 27, 2013 at 10:21:40
I don't believe SpywareBlaster would have caused that - less sure about "IE Adblock" but I rather doubt that too.

Just to be sure, undo SpywareBlaster's changes. Just open it and select "Disable all protection". Unless it is the culprit I would advise "Enabling all protection again" once your new problem is sorted.

I think there is a facility to stop Adblock working but otherwise uninstall it for now.

Best restart the computer having done the above. There might be something else going on, so let us know what happens.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks



#1
February 26, 2013 at 00:44:09
You need to install an "Adblock" extension into your web browser.

For Moziila Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fi...

For Google Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/...

For IE: http://simple-adblock.com/


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#2
February 26, 2013 at 08:16:27
I have found that SpywareBlaster reduces the number of adverts considerably (although not really intended for this purpose). See here:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_s...

It does not run in the background so it uses no resources. Instead it puts block bits in the registry to stop this unwanted stuff from working. All you have to do is update it about once every two weeks - then it sits there doing its stuff without further intervention.

Otherwise moving to Firefox with adblock is a nifty solution - I know little about Chrome. Simple Adblock for IE used to be good but the free version is now crippled, so less effective.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
February 26, 2013 at 15:18:29
I have Internet Explorer 9.
Before I install " Adblock", will this still allow me to access my accounts with Yahoo, Ebay, etc., which state I must accept adverts?
Thank you for any advice.

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#4
February 26, 2013 at 15:26:17
I had no trouble with eBay when I was using IE Adblock. I don't know about Yahoo but try it. I dumped Adblock because the free version was too limited. SpywareBlaster seemed to shut up a lot of things.

I moved to Firefox with Adblock Plus (retaining SpywareBlaster) and still use eBay.

My advice would be to try SpywareBlaster for starters. It won't remove all adverts but I found things a whole lot better and it gave some protection too - good program to have onboard.

All these programs can be uninstalled if you don't like them.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
February 27, 2013 at 09:56:29
Oh dear. I installed both IE Adblock and SpywareBlaster and that does seem to have cleared the adverts, but now when I enter something into my BT Yahoo Search box, I can't access any sites and a message comes up "BT.com not responding". Help! What do I do now, please?

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#6
February 27, 2013 at 10:09:48
I am now also getting the message "The plugin menu is located in the statusbar would you like to enable Internet Explorer's statusbar"? When I click that I agree I can progress with a search but this doesn't seem to be a permanent setting and it seems that I have to click it each time. Aah!

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#7
February 27, 2013 at 10:21:40
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I don't believe SpywareBlaster would have caused that - less sure about "IE Adblock" but I rather doubt that too.

Just to be sure, undo SpywareBlaster's changes. Just open it and select "Disable all protection". Unless it is the culprit I would advise "Enabling all protection again" once your new problem is sorted.

I think there is a facility to stop Adblock working but otherwise uninstall it for now.

Best restart the computer having done the above. There might be something else going on, so let us know what happens.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#8
February 27, 2013 at 12:49:17
It was AdBlock which was causing the problem. Thinking about it, Yahoo did say that I had to accept some adverts as they funded their site so by blocking them I was blocking Yahoo. I have reinstalled SpywareBlaster, which seems to be blocking most adverts and permitting access to Yahoo, etc.
Thank you very much for your patience and your help. I know where to come if I have another problem. (Hopefully, not in the near future though!)

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#9
February 27, 2013 at 13:12:33
Glad to hear you got it sorted. I think you get the best of all worlds with the SpywareBlaster freebie. Some "nasties" are kept out, many ads vanish (those from third parties), you can still visit all websites, and it doesn't affect your computer performance in any way. It only updates every two weeks so you just update it every now and then and "enable all protection" again. It's been around for years but still works fine.

Better add, I don't work for them LOL.

IE Adblock was OK when it first came out but I don't think we should recommend it anymore.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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