> I usually access this group through google. Lately on my machine using
> IE this has become pop-up hell, even after installing the google pop-up
> blocker. I notice that when I use IE on my wife's machine I don't have
> the same problem. I'm pretty sure she hasn't installed any pop-up
> blocking software.
> I installed netscape 7.1, and it has eliminated the pop-ups, but it also
> seems slower (just my unscientific perception).
> Has some kind of pop-up virus infected IE on my machine? Are there
> cheap (free?) programs to clean this problem up?
You definitely have some sort of spyware on your computer. Generally when
I de-hose a windows machine I download the latest version of ad-aware
(www.lavasoft.de/support/download) and spybot search & destroy
(security.kolla.de) and run them both, deleting all the stuff it suggests.
Note that this will probably disable the program(s) that the spyware
piggy-backed in on. I run ad-aware first, because spybot will often ask to
reboot and run again on startup so it can nuke all the auto-run stuff.
My take on netscape being slower than internet explorer: Microsoft
preloads IE - it only seems to load fast because it's running all the
time. Mozilla has a quickstart option that'll make it run all the time as
well, so I imagine netscape has it as well. However, mozilla/netscape is a
large integrated browser suite, and if you're after speed and don't need
an email client, firebird (www.mozilla.org/products/firebird/) is what you
want. I use a p233 at work and it's fine even on that. It's stable, fast
and it offers better protection than IE: blocks pop-ups, selectively
blocks cookies, stops gifs from animating, etc. Plus it has tabbed
browsing, which I find I can't (won't) do without.
Another program I use on windows machines is the proximitron
(www.pluto.dti.ne.jp/~tengu/proxomitron/download.html). It's a web proxy
that strips all the ads and spother garbage, and between it and firebird
the web can be downright pleasant. Quite a change from the constant
bombardment you're subjected to with IE.
Just to be on the safe side, you'll want to run a virus scanner. You can
get AVG (www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php) free for personal use, and
it's good enough. You'll also need a firewall if you're not using one. I
prefer kerio (www.kerio.com/kpf_download.html), but lots of folks like
Zone Alarm too.
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