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Strange Pop-up ads on web pages with highlighted words


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#1 Hal06

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:37 PM

I've noticed within the past few days that reading all sorts of web pages certain words will be underlined and highlighted and will produce a small pop-up ad for all sorts of unrelated things. Is this a new form of ad or have I just been lucky so far? Is there any way to prevent this?

 

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:57 PM

Hal,

 

It is an advertising extension that was probably bundled with something else you might have installed.

 

More than likely it is an addon in your browser.

 

What browser are you using? Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc..



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 01:18 PM

I actually use all three at different times.



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 07:02 PM

It is also an advertising strategy. Some websites will sell enhanced links that links keywords to a product or service that is supposed to interest the user when you hover over it with your mouse. Unless you see it on all websites, it's not on your computer. It's on the website. It's a good way for websites trying to generate revenue to circumvent ad blockers.



#5 Hal06

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 06:53 AM

I do not see it on all websites, but it appears to be appearing on most I visit including some of the major news websites where I don't recall seeing them before. Nothing to do then but ignore it?



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 10:34 AM

I dunno. I would need to see a specific website. BTW, are you using an ad blocker?



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:13 PM

No. What adblocker would you recommend? would they prevent this?

 

Okay, I installed adaware. It's in "second" position since I have Norton Internet Security running. Why didn't Norton stop these ads?


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Posted 24 March 2013 - 05:21 PM

Do the screen shots in this thread at bit-tech forums illustrate the symptoms you describe?

If so, then it is probably something like an intellitxt.com script being used on those pages you visit.

If that's the case then a script blocker like NoScript for Firefox should solve the problem.
As for an ad-blocker, Adblock Plus for Firefox works well.
Along with Adblock Plus you might want to look at Adblock Plus Pop- Addon. I haven't tried it so can't comment.

In Opera for Script blockers either one of these two work:

NotScripts my preference, or
scriptweeder.
Just use one or the other not both.

For ad blocking these work:

Adblock Plus for Opera or
AdBlock for Opera.
One or other, not both.

Can't recommend anything for Internet Explorer or Chrome as I use neither. Hopefully, someone will show up soon that knows what you can use for them.
The only other thing I can suggest for them is, using your favorite search engine(google, DuckDuckGo, etc...) and search for comparable add-ons.



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 06:06 PM

Here's the Chrome extension for Ad Block.

 

 

 

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom?hl=en



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 06:37 PM

Thanks. I added adblock to Firefox, but it does not seem to help. I added the adblock to Chrome and so far all is okay. Any ideas on how to purge Firefox of this advertising? Thanks.



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:03 PM

For Firefox, use the NoScript extension.  I don't even bother with AdBlock.

 

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:37 AM

I apologize if I'm being too much trouble.

 

I installed noscript but it prevented Facebook from working properly even though I added Facebook to my whitelist in noscript so noscript should allow Facebook. Any thoughts on why noscript would prevent Facebook from working properly?

 

Thanks.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:09 AM

I just experimented.  You also need to allow akamaihd.net for Facebook to work completely.  At least that is what I have determined without actually creating an account on Facebook.

 

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