Pop-up screen problem in Internet Explorer

By Harold_11936
Dec 6, 2003
  1. Hi,
    recently I noticed, with no reason whatsoever, that on my laptop with XP home and Explorer 6.0 pop-up screens are blank.

    I don't have any pop-up screen killers installed (at least that I know of) and the Zone Alarm is shut down.

    I additionaly instaled Netscape and it doesn't have any problems with pop-ups.

    Unfortunatelly, I have to use Explorer so I tried with usual stuff - enabling scripts, Java permissions-low safety, etc.

    Any ideas?
  2. NoisySilence

    NoisySilence TS Rookie Posts: 98

    It could be that your HOSTS file has been tampered with.
  3. Crazy

    Crazy TS Rookie Posts: 139

    Try reloading the IExplorer defaults, that most off the time doest the trick with me. If that doesnt do the trick it"s probebly something else but IE.

    Try scanning your pc for spyware, it might be the problem.

    Greets Crazy,
  4. Krugger

    Krugger TS Rookie Posts: 173

    from my other post:
    there are 2 great programs (free too) to help get rid of unwanted popups.
    first go to and download the free version of Ad-aware (highly rated software) and install it. upgrade to the latest definitions and perform a scan. it'll scan your drive, much like an anti virus program, and when it's done you can select all the things that shouldnt be there.
    the other is called spybot search and destroy... use that if adaware cant get rid of something. the site seems to be down at the moment, you can probably find it elsewhere on line though.
  5. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    You might need to run this is safe mode, as sometimes the files are in use and cannot be deleted. But if you run it in windows normally, it will say cannot delete the files, if it does this just boot into safe mode and run it again and it will take care of it.

    But it could be that it isn't a spyware problem and it might be something wrong with IE itself. So give that a quick look over again and make sure the basic things are still correct. Then take a look at the HOSTS file as Noisy mentioned.
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    A work-around, but not a solution, would be do download the google toolbar. It prevents popups from happening, and if there are some sites where you need popups, you can set it to allow them on that site very easily.
  7. DarkSoul

    DarkSoul TS Rookie

    Spyware, maybe?

    Some computers at my school (XP) were infected with about 151 spyware/adware programs, including Gator, Bargain Buddy and more. Opening internet explorer opened up to 82 internet explorer windows, which would attempt to download some kind of advertising (gullibles at school accepted, increasing the spyware). Use spybot s & d,it is the best. I found it to be better than Ad-Aware.
  8. RH1Thz

    RH1Thz TS Rookie


    I to, am having the same sort of issue and it just happened one day as well!

    If you have found a solution please let me know.
    This is a very unusual and a major pain.

    In addition to the blank window(without content),
    The address line is empty no http address is passed to the popup.
    However, if an address is typed into the popup address line, it will browse just fine.

    In order to browse without the problem, I've installed Mozilla's Firebird browser.

    Let me know what you hear.

  9. RepairTech

    RepairTech TS Rookie

    Wish I were able to give the link, but try to find a program called "Shootthemessenger" seemed to work on mine, maybe this will help?
  10. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Have you installed Kazaa Lite by any chance? It kindly offers to edit your hosts file to block known ad servers. Look in the file \Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts. It should have only a couple of addresses defined in it ( localhost for example).
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