Quick computer question

How do I stop pop-ups?

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17/12/2010 at 15:34
Ofertix seem to be a (spanish?) shopping site that gets discounts to its members, you (or someone else) hasn't used that site?, or maybe installed a toolbar / piece of software that could be associated with said site?
17/12/2010 at 17:50

Hey, whaddya know! My latest popup wants me to download Avast antivirus. How much of a coincidence is that?

Dan - as far as I know I haven't used any of these sites. My historial is very simple. It consists of:

A variety of dictionaries
Er.... that's it.

I don't buy anything off t'internet except flights.

I'm going to download what FB said.

18/12/2010 at 21:12

A great deal of popups are part of the fuctionality installed when using free programs or browser toolbars on the WIndows platform.
The biggest issue with WIndows is it runs all applications with administrive privileges as such they can do what they want to the system
Windows also does not display everything which is running on your system at start up which is where most of these applications which present popups hide and load.

The first thing you need to do is detemine what your computer is loading at startup. To do this download an application called hijack this from Trend Micro

HijackThis examines certain key areas of the Registry and Hard Drive and lists their contents. These are areas which are used by both legitimate programmers and hijackers. Some items are perfectly fine. You should not remove them. Never remove everything. Doing that could leave you with missing items needed to run legitimate programs and add-ins.

The following URL provides information on using Hijack this

The following forums are a great resolurce for the removal of malware which it sounds like you may have

Alternativly if you want me to review your hijack this log simply post it to the forum and I would be happy to have a look.

Edited: 18/12/2010 at 21:13
18/12/2010 at 21:31
Oh gosh, this is getting complicated.
I downloaded and ran the antimalware and Ccleaner. I'm now using google chrome instead of Mozilla but the popups are still there (although the antimalware found six infected thingies including three adware thingies).

Squeaz - I'll have a look at that. Thank you very much. If I start to hyperventilate I'll post it for you to have a look at...

(google chrome has no smilies!!!!)
18/12/2010 at 22:21

I do not believe at this time, it is website prompted but an application or browser plugin which adds that functionality to your system. Usually these are rouge processes whch start up during the windows boot process and I do not believe that changing the browser will resolve the issue.
You will have to go through the processes of removing the offending malware imho.

Before doing this we need to establish what is running on your system and what needs to run on it.

18/12/2010 at 22:25
Ok Squeakz.
I have a list now from HijackThis. Now all I need to do is work out the goodies from the baddies....
18/12/2010 at 23:30

I can review the list for you or alternatively you can use a website to process the log against a database of suspect malware



If there is any process which you are uncertain about I would advise not to remove it without further investigation, google can be useful for this. 

If you want me to review the log or any section you are concerned about I would be happy to do so

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