Plagued by unwanted net pop-up's!

  [DELETED] 13:28 13 Aug 2003

For the last couple of months I've been a victim of unsolicited popup dialogue boxes... Sometimes offering items for sales, or somethimes advertising the facilty to remove them... Whihc is clarly a con, as I'm sure there are the ones that put them there... Thing is I can't figure out how they are appearing, I presume something is hidden on my system that detects when I'm online and then bombards me with these messages every so often. An example of a recent popup is:
| Message Service |
| Message from ALERT SERVICE to YOU on |
| 13/08/2003 |
| |
| |
| Go to click here to stop them |
| immediately and protect yourself! |
| |
| click here |

Can anyone help at all... Dos this look familuar?

  [DELETED] 13:29 13 Aug 2003
  [DELETED] 13:30 13 Aug 2003

( Courtesy of click here )
This isn't spyware or adware. It's the messaging service built into Windows which is being used by spammers.(Windows Messenger - not .Net Messenger ).
To get rid of it,turn off the messaging service.
Windows 2000 and XP:- Go Start > Run > type in services.msc.Double-click on Messenger and in the Messenger Properties window, select Stop, then choose Disable as the Startup Type.Click OK.
Windows 95, 98, and ME:- Go to Control Panel and Add/Remove.Select Windows Setup.Select System Tools.Click Details.Uncheck WinPopUp.Click OK.

  [DELETED] 13:36 13 Aug 2003

Well... that was EASY!!

Cheers guys.. You sure know your stuff!

I can't believe I went so long with putting up with them! Tnaks a bunch folks!


From one happy chappy

  [DELETED] 13:52 13 Aug 2003

i too suffer from these annoying pop ups and have just followed your advice am waiting to see if it's done the trick i'm hopefull you are a smart lot!!

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