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Ads never appear and tracking links don't work

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#1 KellyCQ


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Posted 13 October 2012 - 03:35 PM

OK - so here is a strange problem. I normally use Chrome with ABP installed and I am used to not seeing any ads when browsing. If the website insists I turn off ABP I will do so if I am interested enough in the content, leave, or use Firefox or IE. Not an issue. But I have one computer in my house that all ads and tracking links are blocked on all the browsers. This is a Windows 7 laptop with MSE for security. Other computers with the same setup (Win7/MSE/Chrome+ABP) in my home do not have this problem.

I'm not concerned about the ads as I am the paid links. For instance, any link I click on from SlickDeals.net, I will get "Oops! Google Chrome could not connect to xxx" or the equivalent page on FireFox or IE.

Can anyone help or at least point me in the right direction? Thanks!

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#2 jhayz


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 07:32 AM

Try using these : AdwCleaner and Free Malwarebytes.


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:49 PM

As I understand your problem, when clicking on a link to go to Slickdeals.net in either Chrome or Firefox,
you get the "cannot connect" message.....right?

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#4 KellyCQ

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 06:53 PM

OK - I figured it out. Some die-hard IE user in my household manipulated the hosts file is an effort to block some ads which in turn screwed a bunch of other stuff up. Thanks for the help!

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