Surfing, picked up something strange

.adserver.com.

By on June 17, 2012 10:13:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Rainbows44

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I'd appreciate any help I can get with this. 

So..One day I was surfing clothing sites, regular sites like Walmart, Just my size, etc, nothing kinky. I suppose it popped up while I was surfing, but I did not pay attention. Later I noticed it popped up at random several times a day. It opens a new window, and at first it says .adserver.com. (I added the periods to keep it from being a real link) Then it morphs into another site, once it was a search engine. I usually close it when it pops up, so I don't know what other sites it morphs into. What I need to know is, what do I do to block this site? I am a relative beginner when it comes to the inner workings of my pc, so be gentle with me. ( I see no connection with what pages I have open and when it pops up, but I know it does when I use Google search)

Thank you in advance. 

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June 17, 2012 10:28:35 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I am a relative beginner

...define relative.

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June 17, 2012 10:34:59 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I know how to use the keyboard, and open programs and follow directions. I need an expert to walk me thru anything more complicated than that, as I am nervous about messing things up. (Thank God for System Restore!)

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June 17, 2012 10:39:30 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Its a highjack.  You most likely have some type of virus on your pc. 

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June 17, 2012 10:45:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Rainbows44,
I know how to use the keyboard

Priceless.

 

Do you know how to post a screenshot on the forums?

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June 17, 2012 10:49:53 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting BigDogBigFeet,
Its a highjack. You most likely have some type of virus on your pc.

Technically, neither is true.

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June 17, 2012 10:51:13 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I think I know how to post a screen shot. I'll post it when it pops up again.

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June 17, 2012 10:55:19 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Well I'm guessing that's true but what makes me think that it is a virus hijack is that it happens when searching with Google.

But you're right seeing a screenshot would help.

Also, if you are using Internet Explorer a list of addons, toolbars and extensions plus search providers may show something.

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June 17, 2012 10:59:56 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I don't want a shot of the the pop up.

Start/ Run: type msconfig: Start up Panel. Post a screenshot.

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June 17, 2012 11:04:40 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Listen to the duck.  He's good at troubleshooting these sorts of things.

I'm mostly just trouble. lol.

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June 17, 2012 11:08:34 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting BigDogBigFeet,
I'm mostly just trouble

Not true, Honey.

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June 17, 2012 11:12:07 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Ok, I got the screenshot, but don't know how to get it on here.

 

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June 17, 2012 11:22:22 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Upload it to a photo hosting site, I use Photobucket. Get the link. Hit the little tree above where you type your reply, paste the link in. 

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June 17, 2012 11:28:07 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I can get a virus searching on Google?   I did not know that. 

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June 17, 2012 11:39:15 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Rainbows44,
I can get a virus searching on Google?

Computer 101 comes later.....for now, work on posting the screenshot.

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June 17, 2012 11:40:44 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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June 17, 2012 11:45:40 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I have no idea whether that worked or not, as I have a very slow dial up connection here. I'm trying tho!

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June 17, 2012 11:46:40 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Stretch the panel out so I can see all the startups and their full names.

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June 17, 2012 11:56:20 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

The only ones not showing are: GameStop, Microbe Clock, and Picture Mover, none of these is new.

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June 18, 2012 12:09:13 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

You have a lot of crap running you don't need, but nothing that would cause the pop-ups. Is this Vista and are you using IE9? (it's apparent you had/have Chrome installed at some point)

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June 18, 2012 12:11:03 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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June 18, 2012 12:17:24 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

You're consistent , I'll give you that.

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June 18, 2012 12:21:57 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I have Windows 7 and IE8, but I use Chrome for my main browser. I tried IE and it did not pop on there. I think I might try uninstalling Chrome and reinstalling. Do you think that might help?

 

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June 18, 2012 12:25:31 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I think what might help is you un-install Chrome and install IE9 (how the hell did you even manage to get 8 on there?).

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June 18, 2012 12:31:23 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I will definitely do that. Thank you for the help. Also, would you tell me which programs in the start ups I do not need? I don't want to turn off something important! 

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June 18, 2012 12:34:39 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Check your PM. Link me to any screenshots and I'll post. Better yet, just link here?

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