Laptop suffers death by pop-ups

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  1. Dyno

    Dyno

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    This is my brothers one year old Gateway laptop with a celeron and 256m ram and 40gig hdd .
    The pop-ups got so bad that he could not even use his then six mo old machine. At this point I would like to say that I know absolutely nothing about computers, however with the help of the very good sticky at the top of the Tech Talk forum and reading the great posts from GT’ers that are good enough to take time to help folks like me here at Tech Talk I was able to get him going again.

    I reinstalled his win XP/sp#1 using his Gateway reinstall disc and did not select to reinstall NAV 2003 OEM so he could choose a new product for himself. I installed his new ISP software using his Walmartconnect disc and we went on-line to get M$ updates . Well at this point we started to get hit again with pop-ups but not so bad that I could not install the new M$ beta av software, things started to get better right away as soon as the new anti-virus software went to work. Later we downloaded a few M$ updates and quit for the night.

    OK , this is a low powered laptop and I need help choosing what to put on it so I will not slow it down to a crawl. I was thinking Mcafee virus-scan oem, sp#2 and possibly something like adaware but I have read so much that I don’t really understand being a total noob I’m not sure what to do next.

    Any help with setting up security on this low powered laptop will be greatly appreciated .

    Many thanks to all who help here on Tech Talk as I’ve learned a lot just from reading your posts.

    Best , Dyno
     
  2. David_G17

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    if i were you, i'd put what you listed above on it, and install spybot search and destroy.

    make sure he keeps a/v and spyware programs updated often.

    also, don't download things like kazaa.
     

  3. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    What really slows down underpowered XP machines are un-needed processes running in the background. Anything with a Icon in the System Tray (near the clock) is unnecessarily taking up resources, and Screen Savers can hog quite a bit, too.

    Most of these are seen in the Startup area of msconfig - uncheck everything that does not relate to an AV app (or on some systems, nVidia/ATI video drivers) so they will not start up with Windows at boot time.

    I would also recommend he use something like Avast! since it has a far smaller footprint than Norton or McAfee, while being more likely to find and fix virii...

    Under no circumstances should he use any sort of file-swapping app nor should he install any free software whatsoever; these things can be just riddled with spyware. Spyware doesn't need any help!

    If/when it starts slowing down, update and run the various AV, spyware and ad-ware scanners, then defrag it.
     
  4. MB-G26

    MB-G26 Canceled Lifetime Member

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    An immediate band-aide measure is to DISable all java aspects of the browser, especially for the "Internet" zone and all other zones except for "trusted". Only allow java there, and add to that zone the sites you need/trust java to run at.

    You might want to pursue the above quoted excellent advice and use the following sites as guides for what to DISable:

    http://www.sanx.org/tipShow.asp?articleRef=65

    http://www.sanx.org/tipShow.asp?articleRef=186

    Windows processes listings/catalogs/explanations:
    http://www.liutilities.com/products/wintaskspro/processlibrary/
    http://www.liutilities.com/products/wintaskspro/processlibrary/security/
    http://www.windowsstartup.com/wso/search.php (name lookup field)


    http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm
    http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/strangeservice.htm

    http://www.opusaudioprojects.net/WinXp.htm

    http://www.techspot.com/tweaks/winxp_services/index.shtml

    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,550842,00.asp

    http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/

    http://computercops.biz/sl-1000.html

    http://www.updatexp.com/dns-windows-xp.html

    Also re startup programs:
    http://www.rockymountain.com/ref_startup.htm
    http://members.shaw.ca/austin.powers/
    http://www.lafn.org/webconnect/mentor/startup/index.html
    http://www.tsfclan.be/startups_all.htm
    http://www.mlin.net/StartupMonitor.shtml

    Otherwise useful:
    http://www.updatexp.com/windows-xp-tips.html
    http://www.updatexp.com/windows-xp-tweaks.html

    m
     
  5. Dyno

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    David_G17,fastvfr,MB-G26

    Thank you so much for the detailed help and a mountain of resources .

    Bset , Dyno
     
  6. MrsKitty

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    Stop using IE. Lots of people like Mozilla Firefox. I am a fan of Opera. Either are good, faster than IE, fewer pop-ups (if any!) and more secure than IE. Both are free downloads too.

    www.opera.com
    http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox

    Micro$oft's new antispyware program is pretty good too. It is still in the beta stage, and is still free. I have heard quite a few people say it caught things that Spybot and AdAware missed. Download and run all three.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...a2-6a57-4c57-a8bd-dbf62eda9671&displaylang=en

    Also, I had XP SP2 to slow my system down enough that I uninstalled it. You may not have a problem with it, but if you notice a drop in speed that may be the culprit.
     
  7. Dyno

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    misskitty5077 ,

    Very good advice on the Firefox and Opera products,I'll prolly be trying Firefox soon on my pc and then on the laptop .

    We are using the M$ antispyware program now and it is working very well. The laptop has sp#1 and I am not going to jump and install sp#2 for now until I understand more about what it does.

    Update - The laptop is now running alot better, my brother and I are very happy thanks to the good folks here on Tech Talk.

    Thanks for the good advice.

    Best , Dyno