pop up porn virus?

I am talking to my cousin, and she says she opened an email, and all of the sudden there are all these porn pop ups that won’t stop coming. Is there some porn virus going around? Or something like that? Sounds like a virus to me, but I suppose it could be anything.

Sounds more like a Javascript embedded in an email which is activated when the email is opened in Outlook.
Simple solution: don’t use Outlook.

That’s not going to help her situation at all. That email apparently contained something that planted some adware on her PC. The easiest way to clear it off is to get AdAware and/or Spybot, run them, and let them clear away the garbage.

This kind of “stop using Windows, stop using Outlook, stop using Internet Explorer” advice is getting very, very tiresome. For the average home PC user, switching to a relatively uncommon piece of software simply magnifies their problems. When they call their ISP or their slightly more computer-savvy friends for help, the answer then becomes something along the lines of “Well, since you’re using Linux/Eudora/Mozilla/whatever, about which I know little,” (or, in the case of an ISP, “…which we don’t support”), “I really can’t help you.”

The way to protect a PC from viruses, trojans, adware, spyware, etc., is to get a decent firewall (ZoneAlarm will do just fine), get decent anti-virus software (Norton or McAfee), and keep them up-to-date, get something like AdAware or Spybot to take care of the adware and spyware, and be careful about opening emails from strangers. In other words, stop being sloppy. Switching to other software, but continuing to be sloppy, is sort of like driving drunk, but doing it in a Humvee, so you’re less likely to be injured in the resulting crash. Bad advice.

Excellent point, Early Out. You can get this sort of issue from any mail client, so dropping Outlook is not a realistic solution.

Early out,you are right on the point.I’m running Windows XP,and has an ADSL-connection to the internet;I use Norton Personal Firewall and Norton Anti-Virus.The other tools I use is Spy-Bot and Tune-Up.