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December 10, 2009

Bad Ad? What Ad Are You Guys Having Problems With?
Virus Warning (and How to Avoid)

Update: Okay, it appears there is a bad script in some ad that is in the rotation here (or was), and has appeared on other sites.

I can't confirm all this at the moment, but it seems legit.

One commenter writes:

Hasn't happened to me, but it sounds like one of those ads selling security or scanning software that pop up and do a fake scan of your machine and then tell you that they found a virus, but it's bullshit, there's no virus or trojan, they're just trying to get you to but their secrity/scanning crap. And it usually looks like like Microsoft stuff even though it's not.

Brother Bewapitis says do not just click the "X" to close the pop-up; it wants you to do that. He says:

use Task Manager, go to Applications, select all of the internet explorer applications and hit End Task for each one.

You may or may not have it at that point. You'll know because it'll bombard you with popups, block your real antivirus program from working, block antivirus update websites, and tell you that if you pay for the full version of their "program" you will be able to use the uninstall feature.

It will also try to launch your webbrowser and log onto porn and other sites that will further damage your computer so you can unplug your internet connection too till you know whats going on.

erik writes:

It's a pain to get rid of - and it starts opening random sites as well. When booting into windows, ctrl-alt-delete right when you login (before the spyware has a chance to load). Go to processes and kill it (it won't allow you to install spyware killers while it's running). Then install spybot search and destroy. Ace - I don't know which ad it is, but it's in the rotation. I got it over at HA.

Okay, the big thing here is that it's going to keep telling you you have a virus and asking you if you want to fix it.

At this point, do not interact with the program. Go into Task Manager, kill it, and shut down the computer, but be prepared to interrupt the startup and start in safe mode. Then, I guess (see, I don't know how this works) you have to load up Search and Destroy anti-spyware stuff.

Actually, can someone like really take me step by step through this and explain exactly what to do? I am guessing here. I want to post exactly what to do to defeat this.


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Not sure but it seems to be targeting IE? Maybe that's why I've never seen it (I use Chrome).

Really sorry about this. I have contacted my ad people and told them there is a bad ad in the rotation.

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Before I went to sleep the other night, or night before that, I saw someone in the comments saying that some ad they thought was on this site was doing bad things.

I was just going to bed, and just put a mental pin in that. But now I'm trying to find the comment and don't know where it is.

Can anyone who has experienced this problem tell me more about it, and tell me your guess as to which ad it might be?





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