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Old 02/05/13, 07:07 AM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: S-Ctrl MO
Posts: 364
Anyone else getting text advertising on this site?

I'm logged in and getting some words in people's posts that are text advertising links. Do I have a bug or is this something new here on HT? I don't see banners anymore so I'm guessing it's a change in ad format.
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Old 02/05/13, 11:43 AM
Piney Girl
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 984
Yes I am too, if we can eliminate that let us know, thanks.
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Old 02/05/13, 06:38 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 438
Can you post a screen shot please or point me to what post is doing it.
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Old 02/05/13, 09:43 PM
Join Date: May 2004
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I've heard this mentioned on other sites, and it isn't the site that's doing it. It is being done at the user system end of the connection, not at site central. It's add-ons to your browser. They get paid for doing this to you. If you've updated your browser, or any of the add-ons to it, go through one product at a time, un-installing them, until the bad things go away. The last thing you un-installed was the thing doing evil unto you.

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Old 02/07/13, 08:55 PM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: S-Ctrl MO
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I figured it out. In my case it was adware/malware called coupon companion. It's looking like I got it with a small freeware program I downloaded from (download cnet). Used to be a trustworthy place to download from and still hosts a lot of downloads for the big names but I guess you have to watch the small stuff.

It does also attach to add ons as wooglebug said but wasn't the case for me.

I finally ended up doing a restore on my laptop. I'd been wanting to do it anyway. I bought it used and it was a bit slow so it needed to be cleaned up. There's some guys on Malwarebytes that can walk you through fixing it. FYI
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Old 02/11/13, 10:35 PM
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Join Date: May 2003
Location: New York
Posts: 9,894
Im getting it too
Recognize the beauty in things, in creation, even when thats difficult to do.
Be loving, show compassion. Create while we're here.
Enjoy this life, be in this life but not be of it.
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Old 02/12/13, 08:28 PM
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Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: north-central Kansas
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Me too. And I'm too computer illiterate to know what to do about it. It's very annoying. I don't think it's limited to HT though.
* I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one. .*-
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