No need to pay for the fix.
For Messenger Service ads:
You need to install or enable a firewall:
Disabling Messenger Service can be a good idea, but it does not solve
the real problem.
The ads are not the real problem, the ads are only a symptom.
The real problem is open ports that allow unwanted traffic into the
Disabling Messenger does nothing for the open ports.
The firewall controls the traffic.
This will not work if you have AOL.
AOL is not compatible with Windows XP Internet Connection Firewall
If you have AOL, you should contact AOL and/or get a 3rd party
Disable Messenger Service:
Start/Control Panel, click Administrative Tools, click Services.
Go down to "Messenger".
Right click "Messenger" and select Properties.
Then under Start-up select DISABLE
Click OK and follow prompts
Check this link:
Run Ad-Aware (free version) or Spybot to check for spyware:
For internet pop-ups, try one of these:
Jupiter Jones [MVP]
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> Does anyone know how to end the pop-ups? They freeze the
> computer, disrupt important conversations and bother me
> while working. I found some .exes in Windows/System32 but
> that i have a feeling cause the pop ups but I dont want
> to take a risk. Please someone help.
> Application Names:
> winpup32.exe (opens when comp turns on)
> Thank you