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When did we get advertising?
October 26, 2012 | Me

Posted on 10/25/2012 10:05:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

I was gone most of the day running errands, then tonight when I post threads and comments, there are certain words highlighted which, when you rollover the cursor contain an advertisement. Has anyone else noticed this? When did this happen? Just curious...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: freerepublic; malware; spyware

1 posted on 10/25/2012 10:05:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Check your browser plug-ins and extensions. You may have downloaded something that installed this utility thanks to some fine-print somewhere above a “Yes” button.


2 posted on 10/25/2012 10:07:27 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is on your machine. It is some spyware thing.


3 posted on 10/25/2012 10:08:07 PM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: mvpel

Why would it happen **just like that** as I haven’t been to a site I haven’t been to before?


4 posted on 10/25/2012 10:13:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FR is not running ads.


5 posted on 10/25/2012 10:14:09 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: DYngbld

I just ran Norton and now it doesn’t happen anymore...
As Emily Littela would say....


6 posted on 10/25/2012 10:17:12 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: DYngbld

Now it’s back. Any techie who can help?


7 posted on 10/25/2012 10:22:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Note what the ad says and Google it. Chances are someone has dealt with it before.


8 posted on 10/25/2012 10:25:38 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I find that the Spybot Search & Destroy software is pretty effective, or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - both have free versions. Spybot has an "immunize" function that lays out a bunch of data to make thousands of types of malware think that they've already been installed, thus blocking them from your computer. That sounds like what you need given that it came back again.
9 posted on 10/25/2012 10:30:20 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Assuming you’re running Firefox, hit the menu and look at the Add-ons (Control-Shift-A). Then look at the Plugins. If there’s something you DON’T recognize, that’s probably it.

Play it safe, go to your Control Panel, Programs, Add/Remove Programs, and remove the plugin. . . .


10 posted on 10/25/2012 10:30:55 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Wanna buy a Slap Chop?

11 posted on 10/25/2012 10:31:55 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: TigersEye

LOLOL!!


12 posted on 10/25/2012 10:34:14 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Download "Spybot" I have used it before on my windows machines.

http://download.cnet.com/Spybot-Search-Destroy/3000-8022_4-10122137.html

It works well. Should find and fix it. No promises but that is what I would do first.

13 posted on 10/25/2012 10:35:24 PM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

14 posted on 10/25/2012 10:37:45 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Malwarebytes, Spybot and perhaps Kaspersky's TDSSKiller if Malwarebytes and Spybot don't get it.
All free, BTW.
15 posted on 10/25/2012 10:39:35 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sounds like TextEnhance or Google AdWords

http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/887190 for Firefox

http://forums.serif.com/showthread.php?t=115603 for Chrome


16 posted on 10/25/2012 10:39:47 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sounds like addware. Maybe FaceTheme?

Check add/remove programs for anything you don’t recognize.
also check for browser help objects

run HiJack-this


17 posted on 10/25/2012 10:40:29 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: DYngbld

Agreed, this isn’t happening on my computer.


18 posted on 10/25/2012 10:43:48 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Malwarebytes.org free 14 day trial to clean it up


19 posted on 10/25/2012 10:46:02 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: The Cajun

I was sorely tempted to get one myself tonight. LOL


20 posted on 10/25/2012 10:55:31 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: TigersEye
That weasel just creeps me out when he comes on.
As Mrs. Cajun says, "There's got to be something wrong with that boy".
21 posted on 10/25/2012 11:02:27 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One of those browser things, I don’t know why they get turned on and off.


22 posted on 10/25/2012 11:10:06 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: The Cajun
I can't argue with that but he cracks me up.

It's the Graty that's got me though.

fettucine, linguine, zucchini, martini, bikini

23 posted on 10/25/2012 11:11:03 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: smokingfrog

HijackThis ain’t going to do him any good, if he can’t figure out he’s been infected without posting a FR thread. He’s not going to have a clue what to do after it gets done scanning.


24 posted on 10/25/2012 11:20:30 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Check out this link, I have a feeling this is what you are suffering from:

http://botcrawl.com/how-to-remove-text-enhance/

Note though, that those instructions may stop this adware from functioning, but you are still probably infected with other viruses/malware that were used to install the adware. That is why, after you managed to get rid of the ads the first time, they came back. So, you should still run multiple scans to get rid of any viruses or rootkits.

I’d suggest downloading MalwareBytes Anti-Malware, like others said, but also get TDSSKiller from Kapersky Labs and a utility called RKill, available at bleepingcomputer.com.

Restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking Support. Then, run RKill first to stop any malware processes that still manage to run in safe mode. Next, run TDSSKiller to remove any rootkits. Then, run a full MalwareBytes scan and remove anything that it finds. Unless you’ve got a particularly bad virus, that should get the job done.


25 posted on 10/25/2012 11:37:50 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
CCleaner by Piriform (Free) is useful in getting rid of/ disabling auto startup unwanted startup programs, and uninstalling unwanted software.

In case you have to reboot a bunch of times this can save you a lot of time.


MalwareBytes is an essential running program. It has saved my computer quite a few times now.

26 posted on 10/26/2012 12:56:53 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I was gone most of the day running errands, then tonight when I post threads and comments, there are certain words highlighted which, when you rollover the cursor contain an advertisement. Has anyone else noticed this? When did this happen? Just curious...

Who had access to your machine while you were gone?

The only way this could happen would be, malware has been installed into your browser.

27 posted on 10/26/2012 1:08:27 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

No one was home. It has me baffled.


28 posted on 10/26/2012 1:10:57 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There are a bunch of different ad companies that work in the way you describe. Typically, the links are double-underscored. If you are seeing that in normal web content, it's not a big deal. It's just the webmaster of the site in question maximizing revenue vs obnoxiousness.

But, if you are seeing it in actual FR content, you've been hacked at a different level.

29 posted on 10/26/2012 1:16:23 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Boogieman; 2ndDivisionVet

On top of all of Boogieman’s excellent suggestions, try running mrt.exe (Microsoft’s malicious software removal tool) from the run prompt. Also download Avast. Once Avast (free) is downloaded, run a boot scan. Avast’s boot scan often picks up things others miss. Do all of these processes in “Safe with Networking” mode. You may want to disable Norton, as it may interfere with Avast.


30 posted on 10/26/2012 3:28:03 AM PDT by Third Person (I'm in my prime.)
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sfl


31 posted on 10/26/2012 4:52:45 AM PDT by phockthis (http://www.supremelaw.org/fedzone11/index.htm ...)
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To: cynwoody

This appears to be the culprit on my PC
“Infolinks” http://www.ghostery.com/apps/infolinks

When I have time I’ll figure out how to use ghostery to block it.


32 posted on 10/26/2012 9:11:59 AM PDT by 1066AD
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