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I have Kontera (maybe a few other things); would like some assistance


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#1 Hunting.Targ

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:58 PM

Well after getting all cleaned up from a rootkit infection (a long and nasty process), I finally turned my attention to the absurd double-underlined hyperlinks showing up in forum text.  Turns out I have Kontera, a piece of adware.  I have no idea where or how I got it, so I may have some other adware or spyware lurking about as well.  Assistance would be appreciated.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:11 AM

Are the double-underlined words that you are referring to like the example provided by the OP in this topic (Post #1)?

If so, this is called in-text advertising and it is very common. Kontera and Vibrant are two of the more popular advertising networks that provide in-text advertising and information services.

The double-underlined word is actually a keyword within a paragraph on a web page. The keyword is intended to provide consumers with information that is related to what they are reading. When hovering your mouse over this keyword, a pop up ad is displayed. Sometimes the words may appear in various colors such as blue or green with only a single underline. This process works by allowing webmasters to insert JavaScript code into webpages that displays relevant advertisements from an inventory of advertisers. This script then finds keywords on the page and double-underlines them.

In-text advertising is a form of contextual advertising commonly used to promote business and generate revenue to offset the cost of maintaining a web site each time a website visitor clicks on an in-text ad. Advertisements from in-text ads also help to generate targeted traffic to a website and improve their natural search engine ranking.
 

Delivering ads to users based on their preferences. Adware programs analyze a user's Web surfing habits to determine the type of merchandise they are likely to purchase. As a result of the analysis, "contextual ads" are made to pop up periodically. Contextual marketing is widely implemented by search engines. They display ads on the results pages based on the key words users enter for a search. In addition, contextual marketing is available for Web sites in general. The service offers to place ads on pages that are geared to the audience likely to visit the site.

Definition of: contextual marketing

Text-Enhance is a premium service offered to you by our publishers. We work with various websites as well as software products to help them provide value to their users. Please remember that if you are seeing Text-Enhance links, this does not mean you are "infected" or are having issues with your computer. It also does not mean websites you view have been "hacked". If you are seeing these links, it means that the website you are on or a piece of software on your computer has decided to offer you this service...If you would like to disable these links from showing up, you can opt-out here.

What is Text-Enhance?Most companies which utilize In-Text Ads have an Opt-Out procedure listed in their privacy statements or learn more about pages.

Example 1:

Prefer to not see In-Text Ads on this site? Click here to opt-out

Learn more about Infolinks <-scroll down to

Example 2:

5. Controlling the Use of Your Information and Opting-Out

Vibrant Privacy Statement
Vibrant Opt-Out Procedure

Example 3:

If you prefer that Kontera not collect any information about your website visits for the purpose of delivering targeted advertising, you may opt out by clicking here.

Kontera Privacy Statement


Do you want to disable Kontera ads?
To disable, click the link below and then refresh your internet page. If you delete or refresh your cookies, Kontera's ads will be re-activated automatically. Click here to disable.

Kontera Ad Choices
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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:16 AM

Forgot to mention...since these advertising websites use Cookies, opting-out is much easier than having to delete cookies or run a series of anti-spyware scans. In some cases you can disable In-Text Ads by hovering over one of the double-underlined words with your mouse and clicking the small "?" (question mark) at the top or bottom of the popup box. This will take you to a page that explains the ads and allow you to disable them (opt-out) using another cookie. In other cases, if you click on the Advertiser's name - i.e. AdChoices - you are taken to a page which contains opt-out information. If you just delete or refresh your cookies, the in-text advertising will be re-activated and the ads will reappear. You can also add these advertising companies to Internet Explorer's Restricted sites or disable them in Firefox with third party tools so the sites cannot be accessed.
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Posted 11 July 2013 - 10:14 PM

Thx, quietman7.  I visited Kontera's site but did not see right away where to go.  Your information was very helpful.

I did a blanket opt-out at some earlier point, but if those choices were stored as cookies, some may have been removed in a recent system disinfection.  The opt-out function worked fine - the 'disable Kontera ads' link did not appear to work at all.  I posted mainly because when reading forum threads the recurring, usually distracting or irrelevant pop-up links are "bleeping annoying."

Thx again.


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 05:15 AM

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