Why am I getting ads?

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  1. DoctorBackhand

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    For the last few days, I have been getting annoying ads every time I log into the forums. Usually it is one of those "you"re our ten thousandth customer you get a prize" or "please take this quick survey with your credit card info". I was just wondering if anyone else experienced this and if it is my computer or the site at fault.
     
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  2. scotus

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    You've got malware. I had it happened on one of my computers, too.

    Get a Java blocker and start blocking some sites that show up on the list when you come on TTW.

    Also, run your malware software and clean up your computer.
     
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  3. DoctorBackhand

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    Thanks a ton!
     
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  4. scotus

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  5. diredesire

    diredesire Super Moderator

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    My quick thoughts:

    Get MalwareBytes anti-malware (MBAM) and use adblocker plus. That'll solve most all problems straight up!

    Edit: MBAM Pro is also frequently on sale for ~$13 or so (check slickdeals). This is one of the very few software packages I will pay money for. It enables real-time scanning, rather than having to run MBAM after the fact.
     
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  6. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    In the future, do your web browsing (in Windows) under a Standard User Account. This level user is not allowed by Windows to install most software.
     
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  7. cluckcluck

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    Or stop using Internet Explorer.
     
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  8. diredesire

    diredesire Super Moderator

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    This is such a painful solution, I get the idea of standard accounts, but I hate fixes that make my life harder in other ways.

    Haven't you heard of that old saying "when you assume..." ;)
     
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  9. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    It is not ideal that is for sure. I had to lock my in-laws out of their computer after I had to a full reinstall of Windows after they got a bunch of malware. No problems since then.
     
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  10. diredesire

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    I've gotten into the habit of installing adblock plus on all my relatives' computers without even asking. It saves everyone a lot of trouble, and when things are not there to click on -- malware as a problem generally goes away.

    Microsoft's "anti malware/security" tool 'Microsoft Security Essentials' is actually very good, too. I use MSE + MBAM + Adblock as my entire security solution. I used to use Avira/AVG as anti-virus, but MSE is actually less intrusive, lightweight, and better integrated than the other popular/good free tools.
     
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  11. mikeler

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    I just hate having all that stuff running in the background hogging resources I could be using to access TTW!
     
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  12. diredesire

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    MBAM (basic) only runs when you run it. MSE is very lightweight, not at all intrusive like many, MANY other anti-virus/malware tools.

    Adblocker should actually make your web browsing experience faster, as it will simply not load any blacklisted content. Give it a shot -- you probably won't even see a difference (until you go back and try to browse without it). It's been very seamless/low impact on productivity for me. My relatives really don't know I did anything -- which is best.
     
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  13. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    I actually use a hosts file to block ads (in Windows). It helps quite a bit:

    http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm
     
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