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#1 Budapest

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:17 AM

Readers who are seeing ads on Wikipedia articles are likely to be using a web browser that is infected with malware, the Wikimedia Foundation has warned.

The warning points to an apparent resurgence in adware and spyware delivered via cleverly disguised browser extensions designed to run across multiple web browsers and operating systems. Adware and spyware are software programs distributed and installed on people's computer's to track their surfing habits. In the case of keyloggers, a type of spyware, it is used to record sensitive information such as login and passwords.

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#2 lti

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:52 PM

For some reason, I only see a screenshot of a Wikipedia page with an ad on it when I click on that link.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 05:10 AM

Works fine here though, it wants Java but I ran it even without!

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 04:31 PM

It works today. I wonder what happened.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 08:04 AM

Worked fine for me (using FF)...Budapest, thanks for the info / link.


lti - were you using IE9? Apparently there were some issues that were fixed.


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Posted 28 May 2012 - 09:04 PM

I was using IE8.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 04:58 AM

Hmm, perhaps it was just IE then, regardless of the version.

thanks for letting me know.

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