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Getting flooded with popup ads?

Discussion in 'Ask the Meister' started by mary, Jan 27, 2003.

    Jan 27, 2003
  1. mary

    mary Dormant account

    Your computer is most likely infected with "spyware"--marketing software that you unknowingly downloaded and installed, piggy backing on something else.

    Here's one of the current culprits:

    Programs: Ads Nauseam from America Online, GAIN
    Sun Jan 26, 3:26 PM ET Add Technology - Reuters to My Yahoo!

    By Gene Emery

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Reuters) - It's time for another edition of Amazingly Annoying Software. Today's contestants are the latest update of AOL Instant Messenger and GAIN -- a mini-program that floods your computer with pop-up ads.
    [AIM diatribe deleted.]
    But AOL is just a minor annoyance compared with GAIN, which stands for Gator Advertising & Information Network.

    If you get an incredibly large number of pop-up advertisements when you surf the Internet, you may have GAIN or GAIN-type software on your computer.

    And, in many cases, you may not realize it.

    It showed up on my PC after my son downloaded free video compression software. The GAIN mini-program was flooding our computer with ads, and it took some effort to figure it out.

    GAIN promised that when the video compression software is removed, the ads would disappear as well. It didn't happen.

    The company's Web site had no directions for removing the program manually, so I had to e-mail Gator for instructions. (The company, to its credit, responded promptly.)

    The real problem is that the request to download GAIN sometimes pops up when you're loading a Web site, making it appear that it's a mini-program like Flash, Adobe Acrobat or RealOne Player that must be installed to view the Web page properly. In fact, it's just a request, couched as an offer to give you some free software, to swamp you with ads.

    Not only that, GAIN tracks your movements as you surf the Web.

    Gator isn't the only offender here. Xupiter has a similar system and reserves the right to show you as many ads as it wants and requires that you give up control of which Web page you visit when you log on to the Internet.

    (If you want to sue them, by the way, Xupiter says its agreement users governed by the laws of Hungary.)

    Folks who read the fine print will learn what they're getting into. But few are likely to do that. (Gator's agreement is over 5,500 words.)

    Let me save you some trouble.

    Unless you love advertisements, any pop-up message that mentions The Gator Corporation or Xupiter should be declined.

    Otherwise, you risk ending up in Advertisement Hell.
    Mary again:

    Ad-Aware will get rid of GATOR and similar programs. Or, if you are running Zone Alarm as your firewall, be a nice user and pay them some $$$. In return, you'll get an upgraded version of Zone Alarm and Pest Patrol, Zone Lab's Spyware sniffer and deleter.

    Welcome to the 21st century. Keep your patches up to date, run a firewall, run anti-virus software, screen for cookies, and run anti-Spyware.
  2. Jan 27, 2003
  3. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

    Just a note from me: If you receive ANY casino popup ads at Casinomeister, you have been infected. There are NO popup ads used here except one used by me to convince you to subscribe to my newsletter. That's it. No exit ads either.

  4. Jan 29, 2003
  5. spinoza

    spinoza Dormant account

    I see toptext links on the forum, not on the main site though.
  6. Aug 20, 2003
  7. bewitch

    bewitch Dormant account

    Home, sweet home
    Thank you, Mary. Wish I saw this earlier.

    My computer was fill up with all the pop up all suddenly start at July. I don't even know how, why and who. Worest part is there are a lot of adult only pop up.I tried SpyDot and didn't work too good. I finally bought Norton Internet Security system. It work but my computer didn't work as good as before and freeze or shut down several times.

    I check my cookies and found Gator, advertising and some other website. I email them and compliant, but can't stop it even after I uninstall whatever they said.) I am going to ask Santa send me a new computer this Xmas. LOL

    Glad to hear your computer is fine now. Good luck!
  8. Aug 28, 2003
  9. cipher

    cipher Banned member - being a jerk

    Bewitched, I've had excellent results with a program called Ad-aware from Lava Soft. The dowmload number is aaw6181. Just go to:

    You must register/login in order to see the link.

    and download the 6.0 version. Have a good one.

  10. Aug 29, 2003
  11. bewitch

    bewitch Dormant account

    Home, sweet home
    Thank you!
    Will give a try this weekend!
    Have a good one!

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