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Old 01-21-2010, 10:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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anti virus/spyware?

Fake anti virus, scamware prompts are running rampant in the internet. Recently, just before the holidays the NY Times was hit with this ad via a third party advertisers.

So I was wondering if any of you are experierencing this here and only here?

We have two staff members and myself that have had the problem for over a month now.

Tech came on here last week for 2.5 hrs and the ad, if it is indeed here, never got to them. So, that tells them, and me that the odds of the ad being here is slim, although, it doesnt mean it's not here either.

One thing that has me leaning towards the ad not being here is we have not seen threads from posters, the posters that are here often telling us they are getting this ad. So that is the main reason for this thread, to see if any of you are having problems here.

For those that dont know what I am talking about, the ad loads up in the window you are in at MMA forum and gives the user the impression that their system has a ton of trojans and viruses and spyware and they want you to download their software. DO NOT DO THAT! THEY GAIN CONTROL OF YOUR COMPUTER.

Anyway the ad is no intrusive that it wont let you backs, in fact, the only options it gives you is to either download the software or close the browser window.

Anyway we need to know if you are getting his here? Also is it only here? For those of you that go to other forums in the sports network, do you experience it in any of those forums?

What tech needs from you is the following when reporting this to us:

1. Screenshots whenever possible
2. Current page URL
3. Browser version
4. OS version
5. Any other pertinent information
6. geographical location.

Also we encourage you to do what you can with your system first.

In my case I went from trend micro to bit defender in anti virus. The software found a lot of problems, that in itself surprised me because trend micro is a top knotch company. I changed spyware software from windows defender to malwarebytes and super anti spyware, both are free, both are very good. Both found some spyware on the very first scan, but not the fake exe.
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i got yesterday for the first time and it happened again later last night. ill post every thing to night.
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Fake anti virus, scamware prompts are running rampant in the internet. Recently, just before the holidays the NY Times was hit with this ad via a third party advertisers.

So I was wondering if any of you are experierencing this here and only here?

We have two staff members and myself that have had the problem for over a month now.

Tech came on here last week for 2.5 hrs and the ad, if it is indeed here, never got to them. So, that tells them, and me that the odds of the ad being here is slim, although, it doesnt mean it's not here either.

One thing that has me leaning towards the ad not being here is we have not seen threads from posters, the posters that are here often telling us they are getting this ad. So that is the main reason for this thread, to see if any of you are having problems here.

For those that dont know what I am talking about, the ad loads up in the window you are in at MMA forum and gives the user the impression that their system has a ton of trojans and viruses and spyware and they want you to download their software. DO NOT DO THAT! THEY GAIN CONTROL OF YOUR COMPUTER.

Anyway the ad is no intrusive that it wont let you backs, in fact, the only options it gives you is to either download the software or close the browser window.

Anyway we need to know if you are getting his here? Also is it only here? For those of you that go to other forums in the sports network, do you experience it in any of those forums?

What tech needs from you is the following when reporting this to us:

1. Screenshots whenever possible
2. Current page URL
3. Browser version
4. OS version
5. Any other pertinent information
6. geographical location.

Also we encourage you to do what you can with your system first.

In my case I went from trend micro to bit defender in anti virus. The software found a lot of problems, that in itself surprised me because trend micro is a top knotch company. I changed spyware software from windows defender to malwarebytes and super anti spyware, both are free, both are very good. Both found some spyware on the very first scan, but not the fake exe.

YES...thank god...you posted this, i have had it several times where i will Be opening a PM or a link from an email notification and once the page starts to open a box appears telling me my computer is at risk. It also starts to try to run some type of scan but i close it and stop it. What can we do??? I have McAfee on my computer and its updated and fine and this computer is like 7 moths old so its basically brand new....

I used to have trend micro....what exactly do we or should we try instead T.B???

And thank you...
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i get it about twice a day on here, I try to close it out and it still tries to download the fake virus scanner i finnally figured out if i click certain things in a particular order i can actually get back to the forum but its allot easier just to restart the browser
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I am not sure what to do next, we need to make sure, its not in our system. At Tennis forum one person suggested:

1. But whatever program you use, you need to run the scan with your computer in "safe mode" Some of the ick-ware will start up with your computer, and can look like a normal process which makes it difficult for anti-virus or anti-malware programs to catch and clean it. "Safe mode" means your computer has only the bare minimum processes running in the background.

Depending on your computer, you will either have "restart in safe mode" as an option in the shutdown/restart menu, or will need to hit one of the "F" keys during start-up (search for "start in safe mode" in your help section to find which one).

Once you do the scan and delete any problems you find, restart your computer normally.

2. And one should not only regularly clear their cache of "regular" cookies, but also clear cookies from the separate cache of Flash Player.

I am talking to all of posters in all of the forums, I want to see how wide spread this is and see if there may be some clues to help me piece this together.

And..if you get it here again, please give me the 6 suggestions I posted in my last post.
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never got it, I use Google Chrome though if that means anything.
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I use Firefox and have never seen it since I don't see ads. I suggest everyone who may have come in conatact with this use malwarebytes
anti malware prgram and get rid of any bugs you amy have picked up. I usually have good luck with he free version and Trojan Remover which I use in combo to remove crap from customer's computers.
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Old 01-22-2010, 03:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:45 AM   #9 (permalink)
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For what its worth, last night, I finally found the rouge program in my computer after days of exausted effort to find it.

Later on today I will post the urls showing you what I did to find it. It will take a little time, but is well worth it.

Now, if the pop up shows up again, I will scream! lol
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Another thing I've recently started noticing, is sometimes I'm directed to another site and it won't let me go back...I'd have to close the page.
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