Re: [NTO] A new kind of pop up??
> John Zeman wrote:John,
> Hi all,
> However, in just the past couple of weeks I've noticed a random pop
> up message box that is totally unlike any other I've seen.. It
> doesn't open a new browser window, instead it seems to be a
> message is always the same, something about calling a phone number to
> get a high school diploma.. It can come at any time, on any web
> site.. It's happened while I've been on this site looking at the
> messages here.. It's happened at other sites that I know do not use
> pop ups...
This sounds very much like a new popup strategy used by direct
marketers. Just this morning I read something from C|Net about it.
This is the the text from the bulletin.
Forgive me, but this week I'm ranting. Imagine you're on your home
computer, typing an e-mail to a friend, when a window pops up on your
desktop offering you the secret to making 10 grand a month. Your browser
isn't open, or maybe you use a pop-up killer, so how did this
advertisement get to you?
The latest technique in direct marketing exploits a system messaging
capability of Windows which was intended for system administrators to
communicate with users on their networks. This capability is turned on
by default in Windows. Fortunately, it's easy to take care of the
problem by either using firewall software or turning off the messenger
service. (But don't try this on your work computer; let your system
administrator handle it.)
Now, while I try to be fair and respect legitimate business interests,
direct marketers sending Internet spam or cramming my mailbox with
useless offal are the lowest of the low. Used car salesmen and lawyers
have nothing on these direct marketers. If I want to buy something, I'm
smart enough to find it myself, thank you.
This is a link to instructions for turning off your messenger service.
Hope it helps.