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It looks like forever i will be a newbie in the world of computers , hence this request for Advice ,as i am too embarrassed to ask the persons concerned .

For the last 2 or 3 months i have had problems with the mouse on the screen freezing suddenly when i am browsing or clicking .

I thought about buying another mouse , but Ms JOJO consulted a Computer pro and he checked it remotely. i wasn't involved in this at all ,as i said it would all sound double dutch to me .

Back came his reply and solution ,which was in the form of a Discreet note ,saying the following .

Do not click on .

(Adware.JS /pornpop.A

I am at a loss here ,as what does this mean ????

If it is a Porn site ,which obviuosly it is , its not a site that i recall browsing or using.

Anyway the problem looks like it has been solved ,but i cannot ask him what does his note mean ,cos he is a family Friend and a good Christian .

I clear the history after browsing our usual suspects after every session.

So it begs the question . Was he able to find out the sites that i have been visting with me clearing the history ????

What is this (Adware JS/pornpop.A) ,is a site by itself , or is it a pop up blocker now uploaded to my computer now ????

The mouse is working perfectly now .

Many thanks in advance ,and my apologies for the newbie language ,but like i said earlier i am too embarrassed to ask the persons concerned .

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It's a piece of malware (like a virus) that sometimes attaches itself to stuff on porn sites or illicit download sites. It can cause unwanted pop-up ads (often for adult services) to appear and can do other damage to your windows installation.

You should ensure you have a decent internet security system running. Also, when you browse your favourite adult sites you should always do it from an InPrivate browser window which doesn't leave any history, cookies or other unwanted footsteps from where you've been.

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It's a piece of malware (like a virus) that sometimes attaches itself to stuff on porn sites or illicit download sites. It can cause unwanted pop-up ads (often for adult services) to appear and can do other damage to your windows installation.

You should ensure you have a decent internet security system running. Also, when you browse your favourite adult sites you should always do it from an InPrivate browser window which doesn't leave any history, cookies or other unwanted footsteps from where you've been.

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Take heed of Hairy Sub's advice about where it could of comefrom. Although it may be porn related (& trying to redirect you to a porn site) you could just have easily picked it up from other darker areas of the web. Dodgy software download sites, mistyping your favourite website in google and ending up somewhere you didn't want to be etc, etc. So there's no reason for people to be super suspicious.

Malwarebytes Anti-malware solution has been a good tool that I've used for removing this stuff. For day to day protection I use Microsoft Security Essentials.

Hairy Sub's right in saying that 'private browsing' is your friend. All the modern major browsers have this feature so best to get acquainted with it.

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Thank You very much Hairy Sub & Zarniwoop for your much needed explanation& advice.

But one more question please..How did our family friend spot that the above site is the

cause of the malware ,virus , did it show up on the remote scan & check for viruses that he did for us ????.

I suspect that the site should read pornhub/A , but like i said ,i dare not ask .

Too embarrassed .

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Thank You very much Hairy Sub & Zarniwoop for your much needed explanation& advice.

But one more question please..How did our family friend spot that the above site is the

cause of the malware ,virus , did it show up on the remote scan & check for viruses that he did for us ????.

I suspect that the site should read pornhub/A , but like i said ,i dare not ask .

Too embarrassed .

Of course i meant to thank Zamiwoop.....

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No problem jojosun.

The good news is that your tech support man didn't make a mistake. He just a found a nasty bit of JavaScript downloaded by your browser that's referred to as ''JS/Pornpop.A". Here's a link to Microsoft's explanation of what it is http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/Threat/Encyclopedia/Entry.aspx?Name=Adware:JS/Pornpop.A

You really could have picked this up from all sorts of places. It's really not incriminating and, depending on your acting skills, feel free to ask him more about it, how to get rid of it, how he thinks it go there etc.

He very probably scanned your PC with whatever his favourite virus tool is and the JavaScript was found in your internet cache.

Then it's just a case of protecting yourself in the future.

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Thank You very much Hairy Sub & Zarniwoop for your much needed explanation& advice.

But one more question please..How did our family friend spot that the above site is the

cause of the malware ,virus , did it show up on the remote scan & check for viruses that he did for us ????.

I suspect that the site should read pornhub/A , but like i said ,i dare not ask .

Too embarrassed .

Just read the thread on Microsoft security ,and the post by Hairy Sub on the advantages of buying Norton security .This answers the above question .OMG .

Adult sites & naughty pictures still lurking on the computer ,when we thought that we deleted and erased them.

Deleted sites can still be recovered ????

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Just read the thread on Microsoft security ,and the post by Hairy Sub on the advantages of buying Norton security .This answers the above question .OMG .

Adult sites & naughty pictures still lurking on the computer ,when we thought that we deleted and erased them.

Deleted sites can still be recovered ????

He may not have gone through any of your internet trail but simply searched for and found the malware's signature. As we have said, it is possible to have picked up such malware without visiting porn sites. It could have been done by injudiciously clicking on an attachment to a spam email.

When you surf the internet your computer creates loads of files on history (details of sites visited), cookies (tracking your movement) and temporary internet files (e.g. pictures viewed). When you delete these files they stil remain on the computer but are deleted from all directory indexes etc. They only really get deleted if you start running out of disc space and they get over written.

If you take an analogy of a library where removing a book doesn't actually mean it gets destroyed it it is left on the shelves but all entries are removed from catalogues so the casual browser would not find it (you would have to scour all the shelves to find it). In this analogy, it would only get removed when space is needed to put in a new book.

What Norton Utilities can do is overwrite all deleted files so that they really are destroyed and cannot be accessed again. You would not really need to do this unless you had been looking at illegal stuff or there was a danger that somebody with good IT knowledge could get hold of your PC and do a deep scan. Having said that, it is good practice to use an overwrite utility to clean a hard disc before you dispose of a computer to make sure that nobody can ever access your passwords, banking details or any other confidential stuff (removing the hard disc and taking a hammer to it is an alternative).

You should get Norton Antivirus or something similar installed and make sure you only use IE INPrivate mode for browsing naughty sites. Not using these precautions is the computer equivalent of doing bareback with some of the more dubious ladies on 'the other site'.

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No problem jojosun.

The good news is that your tech support man didn't make a mistake. He just a found a nasty bit of JavaScript downloaded by your browser that's referred to as ''JS/Pornpop.A". Here's a link to Microsoft's explanation of what it is http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/Threat/Encyclopedia/Entry.aspx?Name=Adware:JS/Pornpop.A

You really could have picked this up from all sorts of places. It's really not incriminating and, depending on your acting skills, feel free to ask him more about it, how to get rid of it, how he thinks it go there etc.

He very probably scanned your PC with whatever his favourite virus tool is and the JavaScript was found in your internet cache.

Then it's just a case of protecting yourself in the future.

Zarniwoop. Thank you very much for the brilliant link above .

Your user name gave me double vision .my apologies for the mix up above .

I wasn't so much worried about the Pornpop....,since it's part of everyday life . i was more embarrased by the Dot.A/url .

I thought it was pornpop.Anal/url ,and our friend was too polite or even more emarrassed himself to give the full link .

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He may not have gone through any of your internet trail but simply searched for and found the malware's signature. As we have said, it is possible to have picked up such malware without visiting porn sites. It could have been done by injudiciously clicking on an attachment to a spam email.

When you surf the internet your computer creates loads of files on history (details of sites visited), cookies (tracking your movement) and temporary internet files (e.g. pictures viewed). When you delete these files they stil remain on the computer but are deleted from all directory indexes etc. They only really get deleted if you start running out of disc space and they get over written.

If you take an analogy of a library where removing a book doesn't actually mean it gets destroyed it it is left on the shelves but all entries are removed from catalogues so the casual browser would not find it (you would have to scour all the shelves to find it). In this analogy, it would only get removed when space is needed to put in a new book.

What Norton Utilities can do is overwrite all deleted files so that they really are destroyed and cannot be accessed again. You would not really need to do this unless you had been looking at illegal stuff or there was a danger that somebody with good IT knowledge could get hold of your PC and do a deep scan. Having said that, it is good practice to use an overwrite utility to clean a hard disc before you dispose of a computer to make sure that nobody can ever access your passwords, banking details or any other confidential stuff (removing the hard disc and taking a hammer to it is an alternative).

You should get Norton Antivirus or something similar installed and make sure you only use IE INPrivate mode for browsing naughty sites. Not using these precautions is the computer equivalent of doing bareback with some of the more dubious ladies on 'the other site'.

Thank you very much, one more time for your time and the detailed reply.

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Thank you very much Hairy sub & Zarniwoop .

Thought i wait few months before i post again .

Changed the the mouse & using Inprivate browsing .No problems so far .

Touch wood its working like a breeze .

Now i use Inprivate & incognito on google chrome for all my browsing sessions .

Cheers .

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