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Pop-up messages -- malware problem?

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Beginning yesterday, my laptop seems to have been infected with some sort of Adware that causes pop-ups that try to redirect me to some unrelated page I care nothing about.

I downloaded, installed, and ran "Malwarebytes" (free version), which identified about 30 problems, which I removed. That seemed to fix the problem for a while, but the next time I returned to the CAG forum, I saw the same behavior. But interestingly, I reran the Malwarebytes scan again, and it failed to identify any problems that time.

Just wondering if anyone else has noticed any similar behavior when using the Forum.

I hope not -- I THINK that the problem is still isolated on my own laptop, and tomorrow I will try some other remedies. But these past 2 or 3 days I've visited the Forum quite a bit, so I thought I'd ask, "just in case".

I know that some of these problems (bugs, viruses, trojans, etc.) often get planted on "innocent" websites (I recently read a report that said there is a higher probability of your computer being infected by malware from a church website than from a porn site --- because the latter typically runs better and more efficient (and more costly) security than most church websites).

The reason I'm asking is because -- after I ran the initial cleanup -- everything seemed OK until I went back to the CAG website. That proves nothing, of course, but it's "possible" that someone has hacked us and left behind something that's spreading adware -- or it's even possible that I picked it up somewhere else, and -- depending on our security -- I might have spread it to our site.

If I do find the culprit (and if I can determine that it's local -- just on my laptop) I'll let you know so you won't have to worry.

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I haven't had your particular problem. I had to have a virus removed a couple of months ago. I had been using an online shooting game website and was told that it was probably the avenue that allowed the virus to get into my system. Even though I have an anti-virus program, the techie said that the hackers are making viruses faster than they can identify and prevent.

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Look at your programs and see anything newly installed.

The only programs in the list that were installed in the past 10 days were (the problem I described.1) installed by Windows automatic update, (2) the "malwarebytes" fix I installed yesterday, or else remnants of programs already uninstalled when I ran malwarebytes. I did delete several programs that I don't need that were automatically installed by Windows, and -- at least for now -- I'm not seeing the problem that I described.

Even though it's not misbehaving now, I'm not 100% confident that it's fixed permanently, but the good news is that it doesn't appear to be related to the CAG website.

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Thanks for checking. I'm glad I didn't inadvertently "share" my problems with anyone through the Forum. :unsure:

I run a firewall and anti-virus software, but as John noted earlier, the hackers are making viruses faster than they can identify and prevent.

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The ad you see come up does it have a logo or company name on the ad? Most do , if you can let me know what it says and also what browser you use maybe I can help out. I had this happen before.

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The ad you see come up does it have a logo or company name on the ad? Most do , if you can let me know what it says and also what browser you use maybe I can help out. I had this happen before.

Nope ! And fortunately, it seems to have stopped now. But yesterday, when it was still happening on nearly every mouse click, it would pop up various messages. Most, but not all, of them offered to redirect me to some (un-named) software that would correct generic computer problems, or update my Windows drivers. The fact that I never saw any specific company info was a clue that it probably wasn't legitimate. One of the most frequent ones was a flashing message (with the Windows logo) advising that "Your Windows drivers are out of date". Since I set up my laptop to do automatic (windows) updates, that was suspicious from the very start.

The only way I was able to identify any of the actual urls involved was by right-clicking on the pop-up, then selecting some appropriate option ("save link address", "view page info", or "view page source", for example), which I then viewed by dumping it into a WordPad file. I then did a Google search for parts of the url that looked interesting. A few of my Google searches found reports of related malware of adware, but I never found any easy solutions for cleaning it off. I also didn't see any installed programs that matched or resembled those urls.

By the way, since you asked, I'm using Google Chrome as my default browser. In the past, for me, it's been more reliable than IE.

But thanks for offering to help.

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It is a virus. I had it. It took THREE programs to remove it and then another to check that my system was clean.

Current McAfee and other programs will NOT remove it.

I'll do a bit of browsing and see if i can again find where I got the info to remove it. It wasn't hard, but time consuming to run the programs.

EDIT: follow this link for remove the virus. It's free.

http://malwaretips.com/blogs/nym1-ib-adnxs-com-virus/

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