Program that redirects, so that advertising banners don't show up

By RogerRampant ยท 11 replies
May 6, 2007
  1. When I came here a few months back to sort out my "CTRL+ALT+DEL not working" problem, I came across a program that sounded like a good idea. I'm not a techie, but it did something like redirecting various people (such as tradedoubler) to This meant that lots of banner adverts don't appear in your browser, because the link can't be made to their servers

    Now I am in the situation that I am trying to earn lots of cashback through Quidco, but whenever I try to click through on Quidco I receive an error message along the lines of "Unable to connect - Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at"

    I am assuming that the program that I found here that blocks banner adverts is the cause, so I have looked in Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel but can't see anything listed that sounds relevant. Can someone please tell me how to sort this problem out?

    Thanks :)
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    use the following programs for tools:
    crap cleaner
    spybot search and destroy
    and your anti-virus
  3. RogerRampant

    RogerRampant TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    I've run spybot search and destroy, ad-aware and my anti-virus, as you suggested, but this didn't come up with any results. I'm wondering if I haven't explained my problem very well, as I don't see how that would have helped anyway

    I have run a program that I found recommended at this forum. It blocks banner adverts. Now it is blocking Quidco, so I want to uninstall it. It's not listed in add/remove programs

    I want to know:
    1) What that program is called
    2) How I can remove it from my computer

    It's not a spyware or virus, it's a program that I ran to block banner adverts, and I found it in these forums (along with a whole host of recommendations on how to make my PC more secure)
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Post a HJT log as per these instructions and I`ll see if the programme you`re trying to get rid of shows up.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

  6. RogerRampant

    RogerRampant TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Thanks guys :)
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Nothing shows up in your HJT log, though you should have HJT fix the following.

    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {7E853D72-626A-48EC-A868-BA8D5E23E045} - (no file)

    O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {BA52B914-B692-46c4-B683-905236F6F655} - (no file)

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdReg] C:\WINDOWS\UpdReg.EXE

    Is the programme you downloaded a browser plugin? If so, check your browsers addons/plugins.

    Regards Howard :)
  8. RogerRampant

    RogerRampant TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Well, thanks for checking it over, I'll correct those things you've pointed out

    I'll also check through my Firefox extensions
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    There is nothing wrong at all. So he doesn't have anything bad to remove. Everything is behaving as expected.

    Whatever firefox extention (likely Adblock) you have blocking ads just needs you to make an exception for
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I wasn`t looking for anything bad, merely which programme he was talking about. ;) Obviously I didn`t find anything related to popup blockers in his HJT log and that`s when I suggested he check his browser addons.

    Regards Howard :)
  11. RogerRampant

    RogerRampant TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Turned out to be a file called HOSTS which I had downloaded for free from


    Thanks for all the help anyway, guys, it is much appreciated, and I've removed a few things which HJT highlighted as well thanks to you, so that's a bonus :)
  12. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    That`s good news and thanks for letting us know.

    Regards Howard :)
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