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How do I stop unwanted (ads) pages from opening in a new window?

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I’ve run AVG–Malwarebytes–SuperAntiSpyware–CCleaner–in normal AND safe mode with networking. I’ve even run the antispyware with the ad page still open! Nothing! Pop-up blocker is on and my homepage is set to Yahoo. I got rid of Yahoo toolbar and am using firefox’ latest update.
Am running adblock plus–it’s useless.

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  1. Hasnain Gulzar on May 14, 2012 reply

    What internet explorer are you using if it is google chrome i am sure there is a free plugin called adbloack which you can use

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  2. bryond on May 14, 2012 reply

    ok, i understand what you mean. i get the same thing!!!! but the thing is, its because those are just regular programs that companies are throwing out there. as long as u dont click on them, and hit the x at the top right, or left–depends–then u should be fine. lol, i also run the same programs you have

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  3. L S on May 14, 2012 reply

    Are you running the AdBlock Plus add-on? If not, I strongly advise it:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

    Very, very, very occasionally it will interfere with a website you’re on. I’ve had to unblock for sites about 3 or 4 times in all the time I’ve been using it and that’s a few years now. In one case, it was simply a slip-up on their part that they blocked the wrong thing for a site.

    Also, you might like to try NoScript – takes some getting used to but it’s REALLY worth it. I’ve stupidly clicked the link to go to a dangerous site one night when I was sleepy and doing a google search but between WOT, AdBlock Plus and NoScript, nothing happened. Info on all of those here:
    http://freewebs.com/yahooqs/fgl.html#firefox

    If you think it’s malware, scroll up at that Freewebs page and you’ll find information about dealing with malware in the section above.

    EDIT:
    Just seen your additional information. AdBlock Plus is far from useless so I think you need to look elsewhere for the cause of this. Malware is definitely the next most likely problem.

    I run Firefox with NoScript, WOT and AdBlock Plus and the Windows firewall and my computer is behind a hardware firewall from our router and I have no trouble with any malware even though I don’t use any other active software for protection, only on-demand scanners which never find anything more exciting than cookies if I forget to flush them before running the scans. AdBlock Plus is part of my security strategy and is one of the first things added to Firefox every time I set up a new installation for me or anyone else. Adverts these days can give you malware, making AdBlock Plus an effective part of your plan.

    P.S.
    Just thought I’d throw in a P.S. to say that I DON’T visit places like Facebook and My Space and I don’t do quizzes or follow any advertising links without checking them out carefully first. I also don’t recommend people not having active security software on their computer unless they are WELL versed in computers and what processes should be running so you’ll recognise a new one instantly. If I did visit Facebook and similar places, I would use active software at all times.

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  4. Rainman on May 14, 2012 reply

    Try Do not track + an Extension for Firefox, IE and Chrome. I use it and do not get any ads or pop ups, it just might work.

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  5. Sly_Old_Mole on May 14, 2012 reply

    If you get two pages opening when you open your browser – right click browser>properties>check home page.

    then check add-ons or run you browser without add-ons & see if it still happens.

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  6. DunbarPappy®ϟϟ on May 15, 2012 reply

    Try “MalwareBytes” to start cleaning up your system:
    http://www.malwarebytes.org/
    (free version has no “real-time” shield)

    The following mods help, but methods (“vectors”) are dynamic, and users must stay abreast of daily threats.
    FIREFOX: Tools> Options> Privacy> top drop menu set to “Firefox will use custom settings…”> Check ‘Accept Cookies from sites’
    ►Un-Check ‘Accept 3rd Party cookies’.
    And tick the very top box regarding “Do Not Track”.

    A good collection of effective add-on’s (Official Mozilla) is here:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/collections/dunbar-pappy/dunbarpappy/
    AdBlock Plus (with ‘subscription’ added) & “Better Privacy” also helps defray rubbish.
    ►► At minimum, get the #1 item for malware prevention: “NoScript”, which constrains automagically fetching & deployment of potentially tainted assets.
    [Bookmark and refer to this page for how it works, and how to use it…very straight forward; http://noscript.net/features#contentblocking

    Note that ABP needs a ‘subscription’ for your particular country.
    To maximize the blocking function of ABP:
    On the ABP ‘Stop Sign’ drop arrow> Preferences> Filters> Add filter subscription: from the list of those available, tick whatever filter fits your Firefox settings have as ‘home’ country (US is > Easy List); tick ‘Subscribe’> OK.
    (This list removes the huge top banner ad on these Yahoo pages)

    “Easy List” is one good subscription, and others can be obtained for your particular countries servers (and a few extras for US; EasyPrivacy+EasyList, Malware Domains; AdblockRules.org; Fanboy’s List):
    In ABP > Preferences> Filters> Add filter subscription> “View All Subscriptions” link @ top of window> on the new Firefox window, select those which you’d like to add (on the right) “Subscribe”> check both boxes> OK out.

    The list is long…look for any that will help your browse sessions be ‘cleaner’.

    When fresh ads appear, it means a new way to get around your current ‘blocking’ subscriptions. The inconsiderate bastards who intrude onto your system are constantly advancing their delivery methods, and you must constantly counter-measure those efforts.
    To remedy; right click the offending rubbish> look for the Adblock Plus ‘block’ line, then ‘add’ the “filter rule”> Add filter.
    Periodically “Update subscriptions” ABP from Preferences.

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