Unwanted web Sites

  rickwoo 21:40 13 Aug 2003

Can someone please help me as this is driving me crazy.

Whilst surfing, a web site suddenly comes up without prompting. I have never searched for this site, but it has obviously found me somehow. I assume it knows how to get to me?

I have changed providers since, but it is still happening. I have deleted my history, cache, cookie files etc, but to no avail.

Your help is gratefully appreciated.

  VoG II 21:42 13 Aug 2003

Try Ad-Aware click here and Spybot click here

  Chris the Ancient 21:44 13 Aug 2003

Usually caused by the site you're browsing popping up a related (albeit loosely) site. They earn money doing that.

You need a good pop up stopper.

I use Pop-Up Stopper from

click here

But if you do a search on this forum, you'll see it is a common thread.


  Chris the Ancient 21:46 13 Aug 2003

Twice today you've stolen my thunder.

Get off on holiday and give others a chance to be quicker.



  VoG II 21:50 13 Aug 2003


One more day and you will be free of the VoG.

But I will be back, so make the most of it!

  Chris the Ancient 21:51 13 Aug 2003

Have a good one - and have a drink for me M8


  rawprawn 22:39 13 Aug 2003

Download Start Page Guard, I'm sorry I can't give you the address, but just do a search in google I'm sure you will find it & it's free.

  rickwoo 17:31 14 Aug 2003

Can someone tell me whether a site can store details on your hardrive, other than in the cache, history etc (which i have cleared)so that the next time you're online they can call out and automatically send you web pages. Bsically what i'm saying is can i clear my computer so this does not happen.

I'm not convinced that this is a po up as the site i was originally accessing is completely different to the 'invader', and not sure they would want to be linked to it.

Forgive my non tech language, but this is a maze i'm trying to work my way out of.

Thanks for your time

  VoG II 17:34 14 Aug 2003

click here will do a thorough cleanout.

  Chris the Ancient 17:37 14 Aug 2003

A site can leave a 'cookie' on your machine to know who you are if you connect to them. Very unlikely to work the other way round though - they'd have to be checking millions of pcs all the time.

If you haven't, you really should install and run Ad-Aware as VoG suggested. It is the best free program for trying to spot this sort of thing.

Have you done that?


  rickwoo 19:39 03 Sep 2003

I have now installed Adaware. Thought i had cracked it. Performed a deep scan, it found all sorts of tracking cookies. However when i was surfing a few days later the same adverts came up. I've never been to them. Is there some other place these are hiding?

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