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By mazelezen ·
How can I stop unwanted ads on my computer. I have a wireless cable internet connection. Running XP. With the computer on and no programs running. An ad will pop up or a voice will say I won an Apple ipod. How do I stop this.
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You're already infected.....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to unwanted ads

... and YES, Norton is not enough. Evidently you've clicked on something somewhere, probably in messenger or on a web site, that said your computer needed fixing which in turn installed a popup server. They run even when nothing else is running. To see for sure, disconnect from the internet for a while and watch it complain about not being able to find its server.

To fix, you can download, install and run ccleaner. This program will clean up unwanted folders/files as well as the registry. But, you need to run it on both the files and registry multiple times, over and over again, until it reports there is nothing to fix. Be sure to save a backup of the registry as it suggests, but you only need to do this the first time it's run.

http://www.ccleaner.com

Good luck.

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