Adware

  • Nayro

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    Oct 13, 2014 7:09 AM GMT
    Hi all, I know this is a topic thats supposed to be in another section but I figured more people would read it here.

    I know there's quite some guys on here that know a lot about computers and stuff so I would like to ask a favor. I use google Chrome as a browser and for some reason I have been struggling with a lot of adware. I randomly click on a page and a new tab opens and theres popups opening every so many seconds. Also it turns some words on the sites in links that aren't supposed to be links It's very freaking annoying and I was hoping one of you guys knows an easy way to get rid of it. Would be much appreciated (I'm not very technical so easy exlanation is even more appreciated haha icon_smile.gif)

    Also for the gaymers amongst us, my LoL keeps on crashing after champ select, I tried almost every solution I could find on the internet but nothing helps, if anyone knows a solution to that too you'd make my day!

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    adding that to add some gay value to this topic ;)
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    Oct 13, 2014 12:07 PM GMT
    I don't use Chrome, but check to see if there's a version of AdBlockPlus for it. It does a pretty good job of blocking picture and video ads. You can whitelist (allow) ads to run on specific sites temporarily or permanently in case they don't render properly.
  • Nayro

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    Oct 13, 2014 12:32 PM GMT
    I have that one, thanks for the suggestion. It does block a lot of crap, but some how this got through it. I think I may have fixed it by downloading some free adware cleaner though. Happy days! Now to get LoL to work... ;)
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Oct 13, 2014 3:24 PM GMT
    Mac or Windows?
    If you have Windows then go to uninstall a program and you might see a program that should not be there. Or you might find an extension on your browser that isn't supposed to be there.
    For Mac do the same for the browser but idk how macs work.
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    Oct 13, 2014 4:10 PM GMT
    sounds like you've got a worm/virus/whatever the kids are calling it these days
  • OutdoorAdvent...

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    Oct 14, 2014 12:21 AM GMT
    Sounds like your computer's been infected with either a virus or malware/spyware, or both. I suggest:

    1. Make sure your virus and malware/spyware protection is operating. Some viruses and malware/spyware can disable it, which happened to me. I use Avast. It's a free download and auto-updates every day. Its icon should always be visible at the very top of the screen (where you can check that it's up and running);

    2. Reset each web browser you use to its default settings... the settings with which the browser was downloaded. Each browser is reset differently. A software tech helped me reset each with a few clicks.

    This stuff can be really pernicious, yet I purged it from my computer by doing the above.

    Good luck.
  • buddycat

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    Oct 14, 2014 12:40 AM GMT
    Sounds like it could have been a trojan. I know in Firefox, you click tools>add-ons and check for unusual add-ons or extensions. If it is on your machine, it can hide really well. You can go to http://superantispyware.com/ and download the free version and do a scan that may get it. If that doesn't work re-installing your operating system maybe necessary if it is buried deep. Hopefully it is just a browser add-on.
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    Oct 14, 2014 12:57 AM GMT
    I used Windows OS and Chrome browser.

    For protection, I use AVG antivirus free edition, Windows Firewall, and good old Windows Defender and it detects viruses and trojans when I download stuff.
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    Oct 14, 2014 1:06 AM GMT
    Get Lavasoft AdAware and AVG. Together they'll get rid of most, if not all, malware and viruses.

    If you're tech savvy, get HijackThis. That'll get rid of everything AdAware doesn't get.
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    Oct 14, 2014 1:14 AM GMT
    One of the best programs for Spyware is MalwareBytes.

    But the reason why your adblocker is not working is probably because you clicked on something you shouldn't have and it installed an extension or program. Make sure your adblocking subscriptions are updated and selected.
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    Oct 14, 2014 1:30 AM GMT
    I use NoScript for my Mozilla Firefox. It requires a bit of time to tune up for your tastes, but it worth the time.

    Apparently there is a similar app called "ScriptSafe" for google chrome, but I cannot give a review since I don't use Chrome.
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    Oct 14, 2014 1:32 AM GMT
    I forgot to mention that those two apps (NoScript and ScriptSafe) are in-browser built add-ons, which is very convenient.
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    Oct 14, 2014 1:47 AM GMT
    ccleaner
  • Nayro

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    Oct 16, 2014 9:30 AM GMT
    thanks for the suggestions everyone, Thatswimmerguy helped me fix it!