Receiving porn-pop-ups despite Ad-Ware
Thread poster: lindaellen
Jul 18, 2004

I have started getting porn-ad-pop-ups when I'm viewing ProZ. I have Ad-Ware, am I doing something wrong or can I do something else to avoid these nuisances.



Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Have you deactivated the Windows Messenger service? Jul 18, 2004

Hi Linda,
Please provide more details:

Which operating system are you using?
How do you access the Internet?
Have you deactivated the Windows Messenger service?

If the popup is a small grey box, it's most likely exploiting the Windows Messenger service - this is completely independent of any site you're viewing.

Best regards, Ralf


Gillian Scheibelein  Identity Verified
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How to get rid of spam pop-ups Jul 19, 2004

Hi Linda,

See the info on

it works!

As this is written German (which Linda understands), the corresponding info in English is given under


[Edited at 2004-07-19 06:13]


Ivan Eikås Skjøstad  Identity Verified
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English to Norwegian
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Test it Jul 19, 2004

Gibson Research Corporation is a reliable place to test if this service is running.(Do not mix this up with MS Messenger, the instant message programme!)

You can test if your system is safe here, and disable the service if needed for free:

"Windows Messenger Service

The first thing to understand is that the Windows Messenger Service is completely different from, and not in any way related to, "MSN Messenger", "Windows Messenger", or any other well-known instant messaging system. Therefore, disabling the Windows Messenger service will have no effect upon your use of any other instant messaging applications. They will continue to work without trouble."

See also: for disabling the Plug n'Play service. You can test your system here.

[Edited at 2004-07-19 07:22]


Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Popup Killer Jul 19, 2004

I run "Popup Killer" and I do not have this problem, so maybe that's why. For details, try

But this is only one of several anti-popup softwares. For a review of them and a choice of downloads, try



Thanks Jul 19, 2004

I am very grateful for all the prompt and helpful answers and am
in the process of trying out the various suggestions.

Sometimes "nose has been out of joint" when my "perfect" KudoZ answer didn't get chosen or was critized, but the help offered to this problem has really made my day.
And, hopefully others will also benefit.
Thanks again.



Local time: 04:39
English to French
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Google toolbar or Opera browser Jul 19, 2004


If you are using Internet Explorer as your browser, I suggest installing the free, useful and unobstrusive Google toolbar (, which includes a pop-up blocker. (The latest Yahoo! toolbar also claims to block pop-ups, but I haven't tested it).

Another option is to use the Opera browser. It lets you choose from four different options (Accept pop-ups, Refuse, Open in background, Open only upon request).

I hope this helps.


Brandis (X)
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use Stopzilla Jul 19, 2004

LInda Bolzern wrote:

I have started getting porn-ad-pop-ups when I'm viewing ProZ. I have Ad-Ware, am I doing something wrong or can I do something else to avoid these nuisances.

Hi! it is a free download. I do not have the link but check google "Stopzilla" to find the link. It is very effective.


Dinny  Identity Verified
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Been there! Jul 19, 2004

Time ago I received pop-ups which nearly drove me crazy. In spite of my Google toolbar pop-up killer a few messages came back and back again on my screen with intervals of two-three minutes.
I bought the "hijackthis" tool, actually cost some 23 USD, but the service I received from the guys selling it was perfect. Through several mails back and forth, together we managed to detect the "infiltrator" and to delete the file.

OK, you might find other programmes even for free to liberate you of this intruder... but if anything else fails, try Hijackthis!

Good luck!


Mihai Angheluta
Romanian to English
How to fight pop-ups and viruses Jul 21, 2004

LInda Bolzern wrote:

I have started getting porn-ad-pop-ups when I'm viewing ProZ. I have Ad-Ware, am I doing something wrong or can I do something else to avoid these nuisances.


I use to antiviruses Norton AV and AVG, and to anti ad-ware/spy-ware, Ad-aware 6.0 from Lavasoft and Spybot S&D, permanently updated, and alternatively, daily run. I had problems, but now my comp is clean without erasing and reinstalling operation system. And also, use something else than IExplorer. Recom: Avant Browser or Opera.


Lesley Clayton
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Mozilla Firefox Jul 21, 2004

I use Mozilla Firefox browser and it has a built in popup blocker. You can set it to allow popups from selected sites if you need to, just like the Google toolbar.


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