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    I'm getting grey Windows that pop up on my desktop filled with advertising. My webbrowser isn't even opened when this happens although I do have an open connection to the net via cable ISP. How are these adds getting to me? I've never seen this happen before until recently.

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    it's a built in network messaging service, and now you're getting spam through it

    first off all I'd recomend downloading and running adaware or spybot s&d

    if that doesn't help you can disable the messenger service if you are logged in under an admin account

    you can find services in Control Panel/Admin. Tools/Services/
    in there, each services has a descpition, so just find the right one and disable it.

    EDIT: that^ was if you are using winXP...what winOS are you using?
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by minibubba
    it's a built in network messaging service, and now you're getting spam through it

    first off all I'd recomend downloading and running adaware or spybot s&d

    if that doesn't help you can disable the messenger service if you are logged in under an admin account

    you can find services in Control Panel/Admin. Tools/Services/
    in there, each services has a descpition, so just find the right one and disable it.

    EDIT: that^ was if you are using winXP...what winOS are you using?

    Yes, its WinXP pro.

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    Yes, that is a very good suggestion :) After you disable the built-in messaging service I recommend Ad-Aware 6. Even though I hear Spy-Bot: Search and Destroy is more thorough, most people just use Ad-Aware as sometimes Spy-Bot is too thorough. Good Luck!
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    With Adware and Spybot S&D, what one doesn't pick up the other does, and vice-versa.
    I can run one and then run the other straight after and they still pick up different things. Doesn't matter in which order you do it.
    *I like to be certain that I get rid of all the crap!*

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    I agree with having wiggo's sister, having both installed is your safest bet to catch everything, and they aren't very large d/l's so its worth the time to install and run both regularly :thumb:

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    The absolute best program for getting rid of adds is FDISK. Once you've run it, all the adds wil be totally gone








    NOTE: DO NOT DO THIS - IT WILL ERASE YOUR HD

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