posted on Feb, 12 2003 @ 05:35 AM
you've probably accidentally downloaded and installed one of these plug ins that can basically put pop ups in whenever it sees fit. For example, if
you go to the Microsoft website and update your Windows OS it will ask you to install a program from MS and ask if you want to always trust
information from MS. In the future, if you visit a website and it asks you to download and install a plug-in. If you dont trust the site, then dont
download it. Easiest thing to do would be to if you're using Internet Explorer 6 , you can click on tools...internet options, click on the security
tab. highlight the internet icon and click on custom _ Another window will appear. It will have all of the Active X controls . I have mine
all set to prompt. When I visit a site I know that I can trust I choose to allow it to download the plug in and to have it remembered. The easiest
way to see what Active X you have installed is to browse to the Windows folder of your PC. Once there open up Downloaded Program Files. You'll see
all of the Active X programs that are installed on your PC. If you highlight one and right click on it then click properties you can get an idea of
where it comes from. For example, I only have a shockwave flash plugin and a windows update plugin. Once you have the settings on prompt, everytime
a plug wants to be installed you can normally say no to it and skip it. Keep in mind though that some sites require you to install their plug in.
When this plug-in is installed from what I've found is it is just junkware, and does nothing more than allow popups and ads. As AegisFang said, it
is a good idea to get some type of protection. For ease of use, I recommend two things. Norton System Works, and Zone Alarm firewall. Zone Alarm
allows for advanced browser security so you can block pop ups, as well as act as a firewall. Nortons has a one click scan feature that rocks, with
one click you can check for nasty little plugins and viruses and malicious content all at once. Easy to use and has a free download I believe at
www.norton.com also www.zonelabs.com is the site for ZA.
left out one thing. If you want to see what plugins you have installed the fold is >programfiles>internet explorer>plugins
hope you get it worked out.
[Edited on 12-2-2003 by Grommer]