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script/fake alert caused by an ad

Post  goinpostal on July 18th 2016, 2:38 pm

One (or more, not sure) of the cycling ads on here is a fake alert that tells you that you have a virus and to call a specified number for assistance. The only way I could close it was to disconnect from the internet and ctrl-alt-del to use task manager to close the browser. I hadn't installed an ad blocker on this browser yet, and doing so has stopped the alert from happening again. I don't know how many others have seen this, but I figured I'd point it out so an admin could look into it.
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Re: script/fake alert caused by an ad

Post  jeffgfg on July 18th 2016, 4:39 pm

Yep I got that same thing what a pain!!!!

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Re: script/fake alert caused by an ad

Post  DILLIGASDAVE on July 18th 2016, 7:00 pm

Same here, but it only happens if I use the IE browser. Doesn't seem to happen (so far) when I use either the FireFox or Iron browsers.

It's the same scam as the old "Windows/Microsoft reports your PC has a virus" telephone scam where they take your PC hostage if you don't pay them to remove the so called "virus". Only this method is started with a script vs calling you on the phone to get the scam rolling.

Until the script gets removed from the site I guess the best idea is to delete all temp internet files and then avoid using IE.
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Re: script/fake alert caused by an ad

Post  John Myrick on July 18th 2016, 9:10 pm

It's getting me on Safari also sometimes
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Re: script/fake alert caused by an ad

Post  DILLIGASDAVE on July 18th 2016, 11:24 pm

Just realized that along with the main Avira antivirus I have on this PC both the Firefox & Iron browsers also had an extra Avira browser safety add-on. But for some reason the IE browser didn't have this extra add-on (guess I forgot).

Now that I just installed the Avira browser add-on in IE the fake scam/alert pop-ups have stopped showing up in IE on this site.

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