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New Annoying Vertical Pop-up Ads

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  1. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    Just started seeing this weird vertical pop-up ad on TMC this evening. I'm a paid sponsor so usually never see any ads, which makes this all the more weird.
    Is this something anyone else is seeing, have I picked up malware that's doing it?
     
  2. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    Can you send me a screen shot?
     
  3. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    I'll try later today
     
  4. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    Here's what I'm seeing. Running an anti-malware scan now.
    TMC ad.jpg
     
  5. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    Yeah, that's not from TMC. You likely picked up a browser extension that inserts ads.

    Go into your Chrome settings and then click Extensions. See if there's anything there you don't recognize.
     
  6. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    Yea, that was it...no idea how I picked it up, but it's gone now.

    For future reference and searching...
    This was the Save-N-Share junk file malware.
    As Doug pointed out, in Chrome if you go to settings then extensions you can find and delete it.
    But, you're not done there. Next go to your control panel and uninstall the program from your program list. I suspect it could/would reinstall at some point if you neglect that step.
     
  7. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Here's the part where someone chimes in to say it's somehow the fault of Internet Explorer.
     
  8. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    You have to be really careful when you install programs from the web these days. A lot of times they try to opt you in to these sort of browser extensions. The issue is not unique to any particular browser. Just that I could see you were using Chrome from the screen shot.
     
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    dirkhh Middle-aged Member

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    Much more scary was that the screenshot showed he's using AOL mail...

    *runs*and*hides*
     
  10. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    Some things are better left unsaid...
     
  11. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    yea yea...I've been using AOL since 1997, EVERYONE has that address and despite some clunkiness over the years, they've sustained and it's still pretty reliable. I have a gmail account, and a Yahoo!, and a handful of others that get used for various purposes (ie. work), but this still works as my social/general use email address. I do have backup plans however.
     
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    dirkhh Middle-aged Member

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    I used to have a Compu$erve address :)
    But I moved to my own domains for family stuff and gmail for where that's useful a LONG time ago.
     
  13. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    My thoughts exactly.
     

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