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Re: Woodworking Customer Humor

#266372 by RFGuy » Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:54 am

dusty wrote:
RFGuy wrote:Dusty,

I don't see that all. It was a straight up YouTube link that I posted. There is nothing when I hover over it on the forum or when viewed on YouTube. Perhaps you can post a pic of what you are seeing. I would be happy to take down the link in my original post if it is a problem. The last thing I want to do is to post dangerous or mildly dangerous links that point somewhere else on the forum. We have enough spammers doing that for us.


Taking the link down is probably something you cannot do because you did not put it there. This same link to 16,000 wood working plans occurs many times and I am sure not just to you.

Ok. Thanks. Sorry, I misunderstood you and apologize for overreacting. Is it a function of what device you view the forum with? Just wondering if perhaps some malware is involved.

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Re: Woodworking Customer Humor

#266374 by dickg1 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:13 am

Dusty,
I have hovered over the words in the original post that you have indicated. They are NOT underlined or refer to some link. I am using the same Firefox browser that you are. The version of mine is 72.0.1 (64 bit) which I understand is the most current.
Dick

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Re: Woodworking Customer Humor

#266379 by dusty » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:28 am

Maybe this points to some manifestation in my computer. In this very post from you the word link is in blue underlined and it redirects me to a site the provides for document conversion to PDF.

But then again it may be something similar to what is explained in this article. Except that the hyperlink that I experience is NOT when I type the words. The words are in someone else's post and I see them as hypertext.

http://wordfaqs.ssbarnhill.com/HyperlinkProbs.htm

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Re: Woodworking Customer Humor

#266380 by Ed in Tampa » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:52 am

dusty wrote:Maybe this points to some manifestation in my computer. In this very post from you the word link is in blue underlined and it redirects me to a site the provides for document conversion to PDF.

But then again it may be something similar to what is explained in this article. Except that the hyperlink that I experience is NOT when I type the words. The words are in someone else's post and I see them as hypertext.

http://wordfaqs.ssbarnhill.com/HyperlinkProbs.htm



Dusty you have a virus!

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Re: Woodworking Customer Humor

#266382 by dusty » Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:11 am

Ed in Tampa wrote:
dusty wrote:Maybe this points to some manifestation in my computer. In this very post from you the word link is in blue underlined and it redirects me to a site the provides for document conversion to PDF.

But then again it may be something similar to what is explained in this article. Except that the hyperlink that I experience is NOT when I type the words. The words are in someone else's post and I see them as hypertext.

http://wordfaqs.ssbarnhill.com/HyperlinkProbs.htm



Dusty you have a virus!


Because of the tools that I run I doubt that Ed. I also doubt it because this occurs on my tablet as well. I do suspect though that it may be a bi-product of how I configure my computers (autotype, autocorrect, etc) or how I have my browser configured.

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Re: Woodworking Customer Humor

#266390 by reible » Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:15 pm

Sorry to say but this sounds just like the Blue Underline Links adware situation.

Look it up and then figure out which program is the one that installed it and get rid of it. More then likely something you installed on both of your computers. You may have to do some other steps to rid the computers of the issue.

Ed

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Re: Woodworking Customer Humor

#266392 by dusty » Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:28 pm

What scares me Ed is that I have done an awful lot of web browsing over the last two or three months - looking for vintage trailer parts. I could very easily gotten into something I will regret.

So far this has been nothing but a test of patience; an irritating nuisance. Hope it doesn't develop into something else.

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Re: Woodworking Customer Humor

#266394 by reible » Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:55 pm

Adware is designed to present ad's and as such they don't want to harm your computer. It is unlikely that it came from visiting a site but more likely to be added when you install something. The program may even tell you that it is adding something that sounds harmless and it is harmless but more of a pain in the you know where.

I noticed a few names of possible sources:

PDFPoof, BatBitRst, MessengerNow, SearchAd, MyPrintableCoupons, Reading Cursors, ProMediaConverter, PDFOnline-express, See Scenic Elf, Clickware, Easy Speedtest, or WebDiscover.

I'm sure there are more but I would start by looking for installed programs with these names or some other names that might not be something you remember installing.

It will also be something on both computers. And uninstalling might not be enough. Since it is not a virus per-say and often something you actually installed your protection software may not find it.

Ed

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Re: Woodworking Customer Humor

#266396 by dusty » Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:30 pm

reible wrote:Adware is designed to present ad's and as such they don't want to harm your computer. It is unlikely that it came from visiting a site but more likely to be added when you install something. The program may even tell you that it is adding something that sounds harmless and it is harmless but more of a pain in the you know where.

I noticed a few names of possible sources:

PDFPoof, BatBitRst, MessengerNow, SearchAd, MyPrintableCoupons, Reading Cursors, ProMediaConverter, PDFOnline-express, See Scenic Elf, Clickware, Easy Speedtest, or WebDiscover.

I'm sure there are more but I would start by looking for installed programs with these names or some other names that might not be something you remember installing.

It will also be something on both computers. And uninstalling might not be enough. Since it is not a virus per-say and often something you actually installed your protection software may not find it.

Ed


I just finished running all of my protection software with NO revealing results. As you surmised, all of the offending popups are some sort of adware presentation.

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Re: Woodworking Customer Humor

#266400 by RFGuy » Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:53 pm

reible wrote:Sorry to say but this sounds just like the Blue Underline Links adware situation.

Look it up and then figure out which program is the one that installed it and get rid of it. More then likely something you installed on both of your computers. You may have to do some other steps to rid the computers of the issue.

Ed

Dusty,

I never heard of this because I haven't seen it first hand. However, I did a quick Google search based on Ed's suggestion here. "Blue Underline Links adware" is also called "in-text advertising". I found some suggestions at the link below. When you hover over one of those places where you see one of those ads, is there a little "?" symbol? If so, it should be possible to opt out of these annoying ads. I am including a pic below of the description for how to remove them. I hope this helps.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/510043/chrome-has-double-underlined-words-which-links-to-monstermarketplacecom-etc/

in_text_ads.jpg
in_text_ads.jpg (94.54 KiB) Viewed 1477 times

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