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jdj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:35 AM
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What makes porn pop-ups come up on your screen? (Ads from nude women to buy pictures or whatever). My Dad is having this problem. I've never experienced this, but it's on some websites where he plays games like checkers and chess, and people all over the world play on there as well. He has played with people from the Ukraine and Africa, etc, which he really enjoys, but he's pretty religious so this is offensive to him.

Does anyone know what is going on, is it something allowed by the owners of the website, because he has spy sweeper and pop-up blockers...any input anyone has will be appreciated.
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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:37 AM
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1. i thought you were going to ask about "hot fixing"
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:37 AM
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2. Non-techie, but Firefox has stopped ALL my popups.
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 11:39 AM by trof
Free browser that's way better than Microsoft's Internet Express.
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jdj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:38 AM
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3. thanks,
my Dad is getting upset, he unplugged his computer today.

He said he almost threw it out in the yard.
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:41 AM
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5. I'll second the firefox suggestion... NOT ONE POPUP since I started
using it instead of IE and any number of blockers I'd tried.

Here's the site to download it... you can import your bookmarks and there's nothing to it.

http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:14 PM
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13. I've been online since 1983 and Firefox is the shiz!
I've used everything, from Lynx to Mosaic (Holy crap, you can have PICTURES on web pages?), Netscape, IE...everything... During every browsing session I am reminded at least once how pleasent it has become again- because I'm using Firefox. Dump IE now!

PB
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Redneck Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:39 AM
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4. sounds like spyware
I'm not a techie but have him download ad-aware or spybot search and destroy. Those will clean out the spy ware. Then he can download a pop up blocker. There are a bunch of free ones out there.
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:41 AM
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6. It's Window's messenger service
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 11:46 AM by Maestro
Google "Marfer's Notes" and go to the website. There you will find instructions on how to disable it.

Check this out: Disable Messenger
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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:43 AM
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7. Go Firefox and watch the problems go bye-bye.
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 11:43 AM by brainshrub
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bearfan454 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:45 AM
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8. Your dad's computer needs
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 11:52 AM by bearfan454
the FREE version of adaware at http://www.lavasoftusa.com

and a FREE firewall from http://www.zonelabs.com

and a FREE pop up blocker from http://www.panicware.com

You can go into options and make them run at startup automatically every time. I haven't had any problems since getting these. I just run adaware once a week and check for FREE updates once a week too.

Mrs bearfan still knows I look at porn, but at least she doesn't get porn popups when she is on the computer. I used to be in the living room and she would say what to hell is this XXX shit that just popped up ? I would say how in the hell do I know ? I'm in the living room, you're on the computer, not me.
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Spiffarino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:48 AM
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9. What??
I am shocked!! Shocked at such a thing!

;)
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Goldom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:55 AM
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10. Adware~~
Is the key word. Firefox may 1. Block popups better, 2. be about 100% safer than IE for visiting disreputable sites, 3. have a whole lot of people who will claim it can solve every problem in the world, but it sounds like ad-ware to me. Unless the sites he is visiting are giving him these popups (checkers? I doubt it) it's something already on the computer. Try Ad-Aware. I find it personally the best, though everyone has their own favorite, S&D is good too.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:01 PM
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11. The reason those games are free is they bundle software that
makes porn popups, pop up - hoping your dad will pop up and buy in.

Their revenue stream comes from hits registered by the server from which the naughty bits are downloaded.

You didn't think people make free games just because it'd be a nice thing to do, did you? ;-)

In short, stop playing free shit from foreign countries.
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jdj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:34 PM
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14. I suspected as much.
I am trying to get him to plug it back up but he says he is through with it. I can't believe it. He has some really expensive air force fake flying games that he loves, but apparently he is disgusted right now.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:05 PM
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12. XP service pack 2 prevents popups, as well as Firefox
I run both, because I need to have a backup browser for work, and I know there were problems with XP service pack 2, but my IT guy at work seems to think they have been corrected. I haven't had any issues.
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jdj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:11 PM
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15. thanks for all the input.
Anyone else who want to chime in, please do.
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