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#1 Feb 11 2013 at 8:22 PM Rating: Decent
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As it says I noticed today that random words in posts are "blue" such as a link would be. Sure enough they're ad's.

This something new Alla has started ?
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#2 Feb 11 2013 at 8:31 PM Rating: Excellent
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No, that's something on your computer. Download the free version of Malwarebytes and do a scan.
#3 Feb 11 2013 at 9:26 PM Rating: Excellent
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As it says I noticed today that random words in posts are "blue" such as a link would be. Sure enough they're ad's.

This something new Alla has started ?


Can you give me links to specific posts where people are making the advertisements? It's always been possible for you to have the link show up as words, as Tikka showed. However, you should be apprehensive about clicking links from random, low post users, since those tend to be advertising bots and should be reported.
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#4 Feb 11 2013 at 10:40 PM Rating: Good
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One of them was in your post Vlor in the PUP forums maybe on my end though it should not be. The ads are for Dell computers and other techie things.

Yea not clicking but I get a preview hovering. there are links here on words like download and dell computers.

Running scans to see if it's me went to a few other forums and wasnt happening there. Seems to just be Alla is why I asked


Edited, Feb 11th 2013 10:46pm by Dalans
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#5 Feb 11 2013 at 10:49 PM Rating: Excellent
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Ok weird I clicked the rate up button for Tikka and they went away on "download"

Also my PC is clean ran a couple different scans.

Edited, Feb 11th 2013 10:54pm by Dalans
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#6 Feb 12 2013 at 12:35 AM Rating: Excellent
We don't imbed links to ads or anything like that unless it was intended to do so (like with Tikka linking to MalewareBytes). If you're seeing situations like that, then it is something on your end and not something we run on here.
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#7 Feb 12 2013 at 12:42 AM Rating: Default
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Let me guess... Internet Explorer?
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Let me guess... Internet Explorer?


Happens on Firefox and Chrome as well, more commonly actually since more people are using them over IE. Usually happens if you don't keep certain add-ons up to date.

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Theonehio wrote:
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Let me guess... Internet Explorer?


Happens on Firefox and Chrome as well, more commonly actually since more people are using them over IE. Usually happens if you don't keep certain add-ons up to date.



What is this Explorer you speak of?

As it turns out it was a Script that got allowed though as I said it was only affecting the FFXI forums here. Though for some odd reason clicking the rating arrows would clear it. Had a look in FFXIV and ooT and didn't notice any links that weren't supposed to be there.

Either way was on my end denied script permissions and problem solved.



Forgot to give the name of the culprit : akamaihd.net



Edited, Feb 12th 2013 11:17pm by Dalans
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#10 Feb 20 2013 at 3:11 PM Rating: Excellent
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Some weird coincidence maybe but I picked up the same thing. It looks like this. Noscript has it as akamaihd.net, but its still something on our end. I've had it before & I'm pretty sure Malwarebytes removed it last time. Dunno why it didn't for you.

Edited, Feb 20th 2013 5:34pm by TikkaofLakshmi
#11 Feb 20 2013 at 4:13 PM Rating: Good
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Akamai is a content delivery system used by several major sites, including Facebook. I suspect it's a middleman rather than a culprit.
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#12 Feb 20 2013 at 8:14 PM Rating: Excellent
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After a few hours of scans I couldn't get it to go away then my husband spent not 2 minutes and found it was caused by some extension in firefox.
#13 Feb 20 2013 at 9:56 PM Rating: Good
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Some malware presents itself as browser extensions. Proxy redirection and toolbar hijacking are pretty common.
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#14 Feb 21 2013 at 8:22 AM Rating: Good
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It happened to me a couple of years ago when I downloaded Skype. I use Firefox with adblock/noscript and all that. Turns out Skype installed an addon without my permission that caused random words to turn into hyperlinks. I asked the exact same question when it happened. x.x
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