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    One for the IT brigade

    I am nearly being driven to distraction with these !@#$%^&* pop ups that seem to have reached plague proportions in the past few days. My computer is now almost totally useless as these things seem to be breeding when I am not looking. If I leave my computer connected and on a site & am called away for even a few minutes, when I come back I seem to have a thousand windows open trying to sell me everything from celebacy to sex. Being in a country area with a not all that brilliant line set up, my system is operating so slow as to be more a source of stress than one of relaxation.
    I have tried loading "cookie cop" which was suggested by someone overseas but the bloody pop ups took over even in the middle of me trying to download & instal that.
    FWIW, I make it a firm policy to not deal with any company that has to resort to this degree of desperation to try to solicit business because after all, if they were any good this wouldn't be necessary would it?
    Is there any way I can zap these useless mongrel things before I resort to violence & jam one of these pop ups up someones corporate @#$% - As usual, I'm going to bed to have another early night before I bloody well SCREEEAAMM !!!!
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    You could try Pop Up Killer...
    I put it here.
    It's 2.6M & requires quite a bit of tweaking.
    If you only run one browser session at a time it is easy to configure, it instantly kills any new browser that starts up.
    No responsibilty accepted for it's use however

    I have noticed the Citroen Board (boardhost one) seems to have more pop ups lately

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    Thanks gibgib,

    I will try to instal it later today. The worrying bit with the ones I was having problems with is that they come up as "windows microsft explorer" take over the entire screen and if not zapped instantly seem to set off a string of others almost as though they are self creating. As you know, our service is quite slow up here at times and since the New York caper, seems to take so long to operate at times that I can take up to 5 minutes to access each e-mail. It also can take 2 to 3 minutes to restore whatever I had on the screen before this crap is shoved in front of my eyes. Work that out when you are on a couple of these e-lists and you have say 20 e-mails to access. I have reached the stage of pre-empting the contents of the e-mails & deleting the ones I hope are of no interest.
    I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks again.

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    Hi Alan, it would also sound like you've also got heaps of 'spyware' in your system.

    Spyware are parasitic advertising systems that use your internet connection to send information about you to a 3rd party. Usually they are secretly downloaded as you browse particular sites or download so-called 'freeware'. They are usually hidden within your browser cookies memory. They are incredibly annoying because they use up bandwidth (bad for people who have download/upload limits such as me!)

    As a result, 3rd parties will send you things like banners, pop-up browsers etc. You can get rid of it using Ad-aware (the best ad buster I know of). Here is the link:

    http://www.lavasoftUSA.com

    You can also refer to this database site which includes software that use spyware:

    http://www.spychecker.com

    Or this:

    http://www.voiceofthepublic.com

    Good luck on getting rid of your banner problem!

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    Hi Alan,

    I have installed "PopUp Killer" and it seems to work quite well - got rid of almost all the pop ups from the Aussie Cit Bulletin Board - like you I sometimes had 20 windows going.

    I recommend the "AdAware" program from Lavasoft that billtran mentioned too - a bit frightening to see how many things have installed themselves on your machine though!

    Almost all of the Napster replacements install very nasty bits of spyware so if the kids have been downloading music recently there will almost certainly be some on your system.

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    If you don't like people accessing your PC try using one of the many firewall utililties available.I use Zone Alarm (it's on PCWorld's Oct CD)

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    Thanks guys,

    One of the boys installed the pop up killer as well as the spy ware dooda & found I had 18 "beasties" hiding in there and has now also added the firewall.
    If I get any more security I'll be totally bunkered in & nobody will be able to get me; ya kinda feel like sayin' "up yours Bin Ladened" but I don't know that it's completely bomb proof yet.

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    OK then Alan,
    Test your armour! (not in la french)...

    I am open slavour until I get my router installed

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    Sheeza a goer - Thanx again.
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    Is it just me, or has the 'net been EXTREMELY slow lately ?

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    Yeah Stu,
    Yesterday was a right off, bit better today, more a problem with aussiefrogs than other sites?

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    Yes, I've noticed this site has been rather slow the last few days. I thought it was just my internet connection until I saw Stuey's and Greenblood's message. I've noticed that this site is hosted by infopop. Since this site is American based, we should expect heavy traffic in the light of recent events.

    Just a note of interest. Bin Laden has been the most popular subject on search engines - more so than porn or sex sites
    You're not paranoid if everyone hates you.

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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by billtran:


    Just a note of interest. Bin Laden has been the most popular subject on search engines - more so than porn or sex sites [/B]
    Are you sure he wasn't on the porn or sex sites? He looks a bit effeminate to me
    Can somebody tell me why, if it is such an honour to die for a cause, how come this clown hasn't topped himself??

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    These pop-up killers work fine, but one problem is that they often kill pop-ups i want!
    I wanted to talk to an online consultant for my ISP and you talk through a Java messenger which "pops-up" and i tried it with pop-up killer and i sat waiting for it to come up until i twigged what had happened

    I don't suppose there is anyway to alter settings that can change this sort of thing?
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    Hi Alan,
    It's a great little piece of software

    Temporarily disabled by holding down CTRL key, or switch off by right clicking on icon in the task bar (yellow lightning flash) select disable. Reactivate by selecting Direct connection. There is a way of adding popups to either Black list or Exclusions.

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    "Déesse" Roland Barthes, 'Mythologies', 1957

    The Déesse has all the characteristics of one of those objects fallen from another universe that fed the mania for novelty in the eighteenth century and a similar mania expressed by modern science fiction: the Déesse is first and foremost the new Nautilus.

    (Umberto Eco [Ed], The History of Beauty, Rizzoli, NY, 2004)

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    Alright thanks Greenblood for that!

    By the way, I'm Adrian not Alan
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    Adrian
    I knew that...(sure I did) just checking to see if you were paying attention

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    "Déesse" Roland Barthes, 'Mythologies', 1957

    The Déesse has all the characteristics of one of those objects fallen from another universe that fed the mania for novelty in the eighteenth century and a similar mania expressed by modern science fiction: the Déesse is first and foremost the new Nautilus.

    (Umberto Eco [Ed], The History of Beauty, Rizzoli, NY, 2004)

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    Green Blood,

    Did you get an e-mail from me today??

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    Alan,
    Not today? I'll check in the morning sometimes they bounce around before they finally arrive.

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    "Déesse" Roland Barthes, 'Mythologies', 1957

    The Déesse has all the characteristics of one of those objects fallen from another universe that fed the mania for novelty in the eighteenth century and a similar mania expressed by modern science fiction: the Déesse is first and foremost the new Nautilus.

    (Umberto Eco [Ed], The History of Beauty, Rizzoli, NY, 2004)

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    Pop up killer can be annoying, like I said it requires some tweaking.
    I know it's booted a browser when the PC speaker beeps.
    I've got it running pretty smooth now but there are the occasional sites where I need to disable it.

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    Hi Guys,

    I'm probably the biggest computer novice on here, so bear with me. I tried Lavasoft Ad-aware, which seems to have worked fine (4 'beasties' ). However, my wife is the culprit with music downloads in this house - she's got this 'Real Download' downloaded, which takes over everything you want to download. My question is - are you familiar with this application and is it of any use/benefit? It seems to have firmly ensconsed itself in our PC and bloody well pops up everywhere...

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    Hi Stuey,

    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">My question is - are you familiar with this application and is it of any use/benefit? It seems to have firmly ensconsed itself in our PC and bloody well pops up everywhere...
    'Real Download' is a program that keeps your download stored on your computer so that when the internet drops out (which if you are using such a program, you are with dial-up). I've never used it personally because i use a much more simpler and doesn't pop up everywhere like Real Download does.

    It is called 'Getright' and you can download it at http://www.getright.com/get.html
    Send me an e-mail if you are having troubles too...


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    Also, if your wife is into downloads etc, you can almost download anything on a spyware free program called "Xolox" which you can download at: http://www.xolox.nl/

    It is really good, I use it lots and you can everything from songs, to video clips and software

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    Yeah I use XoloX as well. It uses the Gnutella network so there are lots of users to search from.
    For movies & DivX I find Morpheus better.
    MP3's, all you need is Audiogalaxy , by far better than Napster ever was
    These are very stable & it is not neccessay to have those download helper programs as they resume themselves when connection is re-established.

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    gibgib,

    I used to use morpheus, until i found out that it was spyware.....

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