sorry, this did not answer my question. i followed those steps already to get where i am. my issue now is: instead of getting avira's pop ups and notifications, i get a group policy pop up, saying it blocked the pop up! i need to disallow group policy notifications somehow. ive never seen it done and i cant seem to find it on google, but there HAS to be a way.
so for the record:
1) already disabled aviras pop ups via gpedit
2) cant get gp to quit popping up when it blocks a pop up
@warlock thanks for the shot! i even checked in the tips and warnings but they had no answer. actually, i think thats the page i used to figure this all out. im hoping the kinda change im looking for would be similar enough for me to figure out in xp as 7 cuz ive got both at the studio.
maybe disabling alerts? but id rather know when somethins up... as in, id rather be able to disable specific alerts if possible. i dont care how technical. i work on pc's all the time and im very familiar with working in the registry if it boils down to that.