Parasite Invasion & System Hostage counter measures.
There is, unfortunately, no "1 step, 10 second-fix" everyone would love.
Try malwarebytes to clean up your system:
Tsunami's of money hungry advertising schemes are engulfing the entire internet.
Don't let the battalions of external parasites into your system in the first place by taking an defensive posture to stop these guys on your threshold and keep 'em out. These steps will help, but methods (vectors) constantly change.*
INTERNET EXPLORER: Tools> Internet Options> Privacy> Advanced:
here check 'Override automatic....'; 'Allow session cookies'; 'Allow 1st party cookies' & 'Block 3rd Party Cookies'.
FIREFOX: Tools> Options> Privacy: Check 'Accept Cookies from sites'
& Un-Check 'Accept 3rd Party cookies'
Adblock Plus works pretty good too: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865 (make sure to utilize the 'Subscriptions' from ABP 'Preferences' tab)
*NEW: "Super Cookie" threat; https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6623
>> "NoScript" for Firefox will stop a lot of this adware/spyware & hijackers; and is the single most important thing you can do to prevent most script based malware <<
With NS running, down on the far right corner is a blue 'S' with a red line through it: right click that> tick 'forbid -------' &/or mark as 'untrusted'.
(Ticking all may reduce interactive behavior; enable just enough to get what's necessary to view the page, on a 'temporarily allow' basis)
Rouge malware and escalating server based spyware are becoming indistinguishable & may cause misbehavior on your system.
Beyond simple ad serving, this spy/adware, records your clickstream & builds a profile of you with advertising conglomerate jackals & requires "Opt Out" on EVERY browser on EVERY machine.
Google here: http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html
Yahoo here: http://info.yahoo.com/relevantads/
When installing ANY new application, check the EULA or TOS for 'Toolbars' and/or other crud they try to slip past ya'.
Old threat you didn't even know about: MS Windows default configuration has LAN Messenger enabled, which is being used to distribute spam ads NOT controlled by normal (described above) methods. See GRC's "Shoot the Messenger"
page for how it works and what to do about it.
Good luck. :)
· 1 decade ago