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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Ad website forwarding?

Hello, whenever I use Hobbytalk, when I click on a thread, Malwarebytes informs me that it just blocked an ad website (www.liveadexchanger.com) from opening. This happens no where else, just on this site. Anyone else having this problem?

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I asked vs-adm for a review. HobbyTalk does have ad windows, but they are noticable absent today?!?
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Hey,

Was that the full URL that came up for the redirecting ad?

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That was what Malwarebytes said it was being redirected to. I was going to copy the actual url, but suddenly, as of clicking on this thread, it stopped. Not sure why. I will keep you apprised.
David

Edit: it only stopped while the quick reply window was open. I had opened a second instance of Hobbytalk and had no issues. Once the quick reply was submitted, it all started up again. The url's are not consistent, this most recent one went to "digitalprivacyalert.org". I am suspecting that it is Chrome that is infected. I will see if there is any way to remove the virus short of wiping the drive and re-installing windows.

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Try deleting chrome first and then downloading it again first. You will need to - of course - open microsoft explorer to access chrome - tomporarily.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-19-2017, 04:58 PM
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It sounds like a browser redirect malware. If Malwarebytes didn't find an infection, try ADWCleaner: https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewd.../1-adwcleaner/
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I will. I may have to delete my bookmarks. I am coming to believe the bookmarks and cookies that are backed up into the cloud have been infected. Hence, when "synced" with the new chrome installation, the infection returns.
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I will. I may have to delete my bookmarks. I am coming to believe the bookmarks and cookies that are backed up into the cloud have been infected. Hence, when "synced" with the new chrome installation, the infection returns.
Yes that is very likely.

Bookmarks, maybe safe, I'm not sure but cookies, yes that can be a problem, as well as the browser cache.

You'll have to wipe out EVERY BIT of your Chrome software.

Otherwise consider a different browser. Firefox has been very good for me. (Mac user)

Be aware that it's completely possible you may have to completely wipe and re-install everything on your computer in order to rid yourself of the malware. It's extreme but the only way to be sure. (yes, it's a super king pain to do that. I'm sorry.)

Well, there's one more. Maybe you can hook up a fresh hard drive, do a clean install of your OS and browser, carefully port all your other programs over one at a time, switch the new HD to be your main startup drive (is that still called the C drive? ) THEN wipe your original drive. It would be a lot of work, doing the research to see where all the bits and pieces necessary to run things are but it's faster than an overall fresh install.

The good thing is, a multi-Tbyte drive is dirt cheap nowadays. Good lord it's scary how cheap they are!

That's about all I can think of, I had a friend I could go to for this sort of thing but he died (far, far too early) so, good luck.

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Actually, I already did a re-format of the drive and a re-install of Windows and Chrome. But the virus returned in a day. So, used military rewrite 3 times on the disk before re-installing. Next time, I will have to do that again, then image the disk with a fresh install on it, without internet access ruining stuff. At least, a step will be saved that way.
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