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Buntu Bunny
July 7th, 2014, 07:58 PM
I just had to boot up to Windows to deal with my telephone tech support. While on hold, I came on over to the Ubuntu Forums to pass the time. A number of words (like "support") were hotlinked to who in the world knows what. Couldn't hover because of popups. Of course, I never use IE so I haven't added any ad blockers or anything. Still, hotlinking annoys me.

There, just a gripe. I couldn't reboot to Xubuntu fast enough.

kurt18947
July 7th, 2014, 08:53 PM
There was a thread on another non-linux non-IT related forum about this. There seem to be a couple entities that are annoying a great many people with this crapware. It's apparently not all that easy to get of.

bapoumba
July 7th, 2014, 09:09 PM
Do you mean here ?

QIII
July 7th, 2014, 09:32 PM
I just checked. I'm not seeing anything like that on UF.

kurt18947
July 7th, 2014, 11:22 PM
Do you mean here ?

If you're referring to my post, no it was a laser & engraving forum. As far as the source of the malware, I have no idea and that was not discussed.

Irihapeti
July 7th, 2014, 11:27 PM
On another forum where I moderate, we were accused of using an advertising service that did this kind of thing. It turned out to be a browser addon that was the culprit.

It was a couple of years ago and I don't recall the details, unfortunately.

Buntu Bunny
July 8th, 2014, 01:09 AM
... It turned out to be a browser addon that was the culprit.

Must have been my IE then. One of my issues with Windows was that it basically did it's own thing and maintained itself. I, the user, seemed like an inconvenience and afterthought. So who knows what MS or IE has added. I don't have the problem with either Iron or Firefox. I am sooo glad to not be enslaved to that mess any more. Thankfully I need Windows very rarely.

pqwoerituytrueiwoq
July 8th, 2014, 04:29 AM
i have seen stuff like that, my mom installed some firefox addon (trying to get free coupons) that injected a advert onto google result pages a couple seconds after it load so exactly when you go to click the 1st link the ad is injected and you click that

Frogs Hair
July 8th, 2014, 09:32 PM
I use this on the windows side and it basically wipes out anything not part of the web page. http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

bashiergui
July 8th, 2014, 10:19 PM
i have seen stuff like that, my mom installed some firefox addon (trying to get free coupons) that injected a advert onto google result pages a couple seconds after it load so exactly when you go to click the 1st link the ad is injected and you click that
That's brilliant. Hijack the links people want and redirect them to your own site. And I'm betting your mom liked the add on, too.

Buntu Bunny
July 9th, 2014, 12:41 AM
I use this on the windows side and it basically wipes out anything not part of the web page. http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

Thanks! Looks very useful (even though I rarely use Windows). Still good resources are invaluable.

redbikemaster
July 18th, 2014, 09:50 AM
...it was a laser & engraving forum...
Off-topic, but where do you go? I've got an Epilogue engraver and have a couple questions.

pretty_whistle
July 18th, 2014, 03:48 PM
IE. A Microsoft product. All this talk makes me glad I have Linux. Time to kiss my Ubuntu again......... :D

ubudog
July 18th, 2014, 05:24 PM
IE. A Microsoft product. All this talk makes me glad I have Linux. Time to kiss my Ubuntu again......... :D

+1 to that.

kurt18947
July 19th, 2014, 03:04 PM
Off-topic, but where do you go? I've got an Epilogue engraver and have a couple questions.

http://www.sawmillcreek.org/forumdisplay.php?8-Engravers-Forum

If you want to post, you have to register and they require real names. The people that own and operate the forum seem pretty savvy and I haven't heard of anyone getting any nasties there. It's moderated and is civil like here.

Buntu Bunny
July 21st, 2014, 10:59 AM
IE. A Microsoft product. All this talk makes me glad I have Linux. Time to kiss my Ubuntu again......... :D


+1 to that.

Yeah, it's the pits that I have to keep Windows on my machine. Maybe in my next life I can be a super Linux geek and not need it when I have to talk to hardware tech support.

edeneen
July 21st, 2014, 12:16 PM
using IE today is like walking around with a "kick me" sign taped on your back

mastablasta
July 21st, 2014, 02:52 PM
malware obviously...

pretty_whistle
July 21st, 2014, 06:13 PM
using ie today is like walking around with a "kick me" sign taped on your back

+1

:)

Mike_McHrl
July 23rd, 2014, 08:29 PM
The amount of malware on the internet these days is crazy. It seems like every 5th programmer has their own version of adware these days.

WinEunuchs2Unix
July 24th, 2014, 02:36 AM
Yeah I ran into this in May which was one of the reasons I jumped on the Ubuntu train. I was able to remove it quite easily unlike the instructions below which require downloading programs to remove the unwanted downloaded programs. I don't remember the exact steps I did in May so I'll just throw these steps out as something to consider.

STEP 1: Uninstall Advertising-Support program from your computer (http://malwaretips.com/blogs/advertising-support-removal/#uninstall)
STEP 2: Remove Advertising-Support Ads from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner (http://malwaretips.com/blogs/advertising-support-removal/#adwcleaner)
STEP 3: Remove Go.webfind.pw adware with Junkware Removal Tool (http://malwaretips.com/blogs/advertising-support-removal/#junkware)
STEP 4: Remove Advertising-Support virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free (http://malwaretips.com/blogs/advertising-support-removal/#malwarebytes)
STEP 5: Double-check for the Advertising-Support adware infection with HitmanPro (http://malwaretips.com/blogs/advertising-support-removal/#hitmanpro)
(OPTIONAL) STEP 6: Remove the browser extension responsible for Advertising-Support Ads from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome (http://malwaretips.com/blogs/advertising-support-removal/#browser)

full instructions available at: http://malwaretips.com/blogs/advertising-support-removal/