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WTF popups

Discussion in 'Site Feedback' started by Sharpei_Diem, Sep 2, 2003.

  1. Sharpei_Diem Liturgist

    Sharpei_Diem
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    You guys have any control over the pop ups? Normally they're just a small annoyance, but today's full screen virus crap, that couldn't be closed from the toolbar line, was a little over the top.

    Before anyone goes on about Opera and such, I know already....but I tend to do alot of viewing here from work and installing Opera there isn't an option.
     
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  2. Saint_Proverbius Administrator Patron

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    Nope, pop ups are controlled entirely by our hosts. Can you tell me what the pop up was, though? Or a link to it?
     
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  3. chiefnewo Liturgist

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    Are you able to install the Google toolbar? It does a pretty good job of stopping popups.
     
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  4. Sharpei_Diem Liturgist

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    Saint: If I see it again, I'll pay more attention. It was blue, with a bit about your pc has a virus, press enter to continue. It's pretty damn obnoxious, I couldn't alt-tab out, I couldn't right click it to close it, and it's popup window didn't even have a close box. The only way to get rid of it was to C-A-D and shut down IE.

    chief: hmmm...isn't that the one with the spyware though?
     
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  5. Crazy Tuvok Liturgist

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    Use Opera (www.opera.com) as your browser - it has a setting to turn off all pop-ups. You might want to wait until v8 is released. The current iteration (7.11) is a little more unstable than previous ones, tho not so much that I would use anything else. It is my favorite browser and it is wicked fast.
     
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  6. chiefnewo Liturgist

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    Don't know, Adaware didn't find anything the last time I ran it over my system. They have their page ranking thing which you can turn off, but otherwise I haven't heard about any spyware in it.
     
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  7. Voss Erudite

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    I came across that one too. It also trys to pop your cd-drives open, to prove that you're vulnerable to viruses. Highly annoying
     
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  8. Psilon Erudite

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    Actually, Sharpei, why not take a cue from your sig? Convince the IT Powers That Be to block popuptraffic.com and all should be well.
     
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  9. Jed Cipher

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    My favorite pop-up concerns the upcoming California recall: it has photos of Arnold, Davis, Coleman, and teh bestest one: a creepy glamour shot of Larry Flynt.
     
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  10. headache Novice

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    I have some details. It was fullscreen with a message in red: "Press enter key to continue" with an image of an enter key. It played an "uh-oh" sound I recogized from Worms World Party, and it even made my CD-Rom eject. When I C-A-D'd and shut down the IE window labeled "V I R U S A L E R T !" it went away. Yuck. But I bet it's already gone if your host is on top of things at all.
     
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  11. Sharpei_Diem Liturgist

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    lol. No, i'd rather avoid any kind of communication which might draw attention to my 'work' traffic ;)
     
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  12. Zetor Arcane

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    If you have permission to edit windows files (which is a big 'if' in itself), find the hosts file:
    - in 95/98 it's "hosts.sam" and is in windows/system I think
    - in nt/2k/xp it's "hosts" (has no extension) and is in windows/system32/drivers/etc
    It should have a ton of comments in it and a single line:
    so add this line:
    and presto! :P
    Failing that, you can disable javascript by adding rpgcodex.com to the "restricted sites" list (tools-options-security) and disabling scripting altogether for those. Since the popups are javascript-powered, they won't bother you when javascript's disabled... and this way you can still navigate other pages that use javascript. (personal note: I hate flash, java (unless it's absolutely necessary) and javascript, but it's just me ;))

    -- Z.
    not a network engineer
     
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  13. POOPERSCOOPER Prophet

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    on my PC i get no pop ups when going here, but when I use a mac from school I get a couple of popups when I come here. It's wierd.
     
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