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#1 EdTheN3rd

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 05:23 PM

I love to watch YouTube videos in my spare time.  I noticed that this "Get paid to date" website will pop up only while watching YouTube.  The page pops up without me clicking an ad or even moving my mouse.  The page will get rid of the YouTube page and replace it with the "Get paid to date" page.  I have no viruses, since I run a Norton and Malwarebytes scans every night.  This only happens on my computer, and is this a virus, or some ad that just takes over your screen?



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Posted 04 November 2014 - 06:45 PM

Do you use an ad blocker?



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Posted 04 November 2014 - 07:01 PM

Social networking sites (MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc) can be a significant security risk which could make your computer susceptible to malware infection. Researchers at the Global Security Advisor Research Blog have reported finding pornographic virus variants on Facebook. The Koobface Worm has been found to attack both Facebook and MySpace users. VirusBulletin has reported MySpace attacked by worm, adware and phishing. Some MySpace user pages have been found carrying the dangerous Virut file infection. Even using Instant Messaging clients can present a security risk.

Users visiting social networking sites are exposed to innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans and spyware. Malware has been discovered on YouTube and it continues to have a problem with malware ads. VirusBulletin recently reported Cryptolocker Being Spread On YouTube Ads.

Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. Hackers are also known to exploit Flash vulnerabilities which can lead to malware infection. When visiting a website that hosts an HTML page which requires a Flash script, users may encounter a malicious Flash redirector or malicious script specifically written to exploit a vulnerability in the Flash Interpreter which causes it to execute automatically in order to infect a computer.
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Posted 05 November 2014 - 02:16 AM

I had this problem starting yesterday too. I've had the same provocative ad redirect me twice now on different YouTube videos. Hopefully they get it resolved soon.



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 03:22 AM

If you want to avoid pos from your window then use antivirus software to detect and remove malware from your computer. If you’re using Chrome or Firefox, use browser reset to reset your settings Just follow few steps - Go to the tool options- click startup - reset Firefox setting



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 06:02 AM

Important Fact: No amount of security software is going to defend against today's sophisticated malware writers for those who do not practice safe computing and stay informed. Important Fact: It has been proven time and again that the user is a more substantial factor (weakest link) in security than the architecture of the operating system or installed protection software.


Earlier this year, Bromium published “Endpoint Protection: Attitudes and Opinions,” a statistical analysis of more than 300 information security professionals. The results revealed that endpoints are vulnerable, anti-virus is ineffective and end users are a weak link.

End Users Remain Biggest Security Headache as Compromised Endpoints Increase

...falling victim to data breaches that resulted from attackers exploiting employees or company vendors. Unfortunately, along with exposing millions of identities these attacks also reveal what is often the weakest link in enterprise data security – the human element...

Social Engineering: Attacking the Weakest Link in the Security Chain

Recent surveys confirm that nadve users and risky online behavior make users a significant threat to their own networks...The risk of employees introducing malware to the company network was cited as a major concern by more than half of those surveyed. Nearly three-fourths stated that their network has been penetrated by malware as a result of Web surfing, and almost two-thirds declared that they had been compromised through email, just in the past year...

Studies prove once again that users are the weakest link in the security chain

2013 was a wildly visible year for cyber security and online privacy...And yet for all the visibility, punditry, and drama, new data suggests that internet users are still terrible at choosing a good password...

It’s 2014 And Our Passwords Aren’t Getting Better

Zecurity begins with personal responsibility and following Best Practices for Safe Computing. Knowledge and the ability to use it is the best defensive tool anyone can have.
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Posted 05 November 2014 - 09:00 AM

Users visiting social networking sites are exposed to innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans and spyware. Malware has been discovered on YouTube and it continues to have a problem with malware ads. VirusBulletin recently reported Cryptolocker Being Spread On YouTube Ads.

Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. Hackers are also known to exploit Flash vulnerabilities which can lead to malware infection. When visiting a website that hosts an HTML page which requires a Flash script, users may encounter a malicious Flash redirector or malicious script specifically written to exploit a vulnerability in the Flash Interpreter which causes it to execute automatically in order to infect a computer.

I understand that the user is a substantial factor in preventing infections/malware but in what you wrote above, is there anything in particular the user can do to prevent those Flash vulnerabilities?  The original poster says that he just clicked on YouTube and automatically the page was changed to an ad's page.  The same actually happened to me.  What could be done on the user's part other than to stop visiting YouTube?



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 09:07 AM

By the way, if this happens to anyone (an ad page seems to hijack your browser when viewing YouTube), could you please open your Task Manager, look at the Processes tab, and see if you see an unusual process running?  I saw a process that looks normal but I had never seen it running usually, I ended the process, and after that the YouTube problem seems to have stopped.  I'm not sure if it was me ending that process or was it YouTube discovering the problem and fixing it?  Has anyone come across this YouTube problem again?



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 09:17 AM

I should add, the specific ad page that I was redirected to was called lastminute.us  This happened about 2 days ago.  I immediately did a Google search for "lastminute.us popup" and the search page was full of sites supposedly telling you how to get rid of it.  It was telling you to install their software to get rid of it.  There was bad grammar so it might have come from a non-English speaking part of the world.  Anyway, when I did a Google search for "lastminute.us popup" today, all of those sites were gone.  I'm guessing Google discovered these were not legit sites (instructing people to download malware) and I'm guessing they fixed the problem in YouTube as well.  That's why I'm curious if anyone has still experienced the problem as of late.



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 11:01 AM

....What could be done on the user's part other than to stop visiting YouTube?

Prevention Tips to Avoid 'Malvertising and ads:Resources to help prevent advertisements & block websites:
How To Block advertisements in Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Opera
BlockSite for Firefox
NoScript - NoScript FAQs
NotScripts for Chrome
Karma Blocker for Firefox <- intended for advanced users
Flashblock for Firefox
Block Unwanted Ads with Custom MVPS Hosts File
How to Block a Specific Website Without Software

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- Adblock Plus for Opera
- Adblock Plus FAQs
Element Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus - How to Use the Element Hiding Helper with Adblock Plus

Resources to help protect privacy:
The Best Browser Extensions that Protect Your Privacy
How to Start Your Browser in Private Mode
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DoNotTrackMe <- for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer on both Mac and Windows
Ghostery <- for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer and Opera on both Mac and Windows
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Ghostery is a browser tool for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer, which allows you to block beacons, trackers, advertising, analytics and widgets.
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Posted 05 November 2014 - 08:55 PM

Thanks for the info.  I've just disabled all of the Add-ons in Internet Explorer and most of them in Chrome.  The good thing is, although the Adobe Flash is disabled in both, I can still see YouTube videos.  I guess Flash isn't required to see them. 



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 10:28 PM

You're welcome.


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