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Adchoices you know you hate it.


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#1 Terrien

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 01:38 AM

I have been looking into the little blue slice of pie known as Adchoices.  Many times it is included with manufacturer software and it seems near impossible to get rid of through normal anti-adware techniques (malware bytes, adwcleaner, jrt, combofix, etc...)  I found information regarding the collective of advertisers (Digital Advertisers Alliance) and they recommend installing more cookies to "opt-out" of their services while still not removing the ads.  I went through my root certificate store and started deleting every root CA that I did not recognize.  This has seemed to work.  I'm not exactly a genius on the computer but I think I am on to something.  Would someone who is better versed in the subject of Root CA's look into this matter for me.  I'm not sure if this is the silver bullet we need to get rid of the damn thing, but I hope my research has helped.  
 
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 https://www.google.com/
hxxttps://aboutads.info
 
If they do issue a root cert,   which one specifically is it and how do we get rid of it / prevent getting it?
 
Thank you.

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 08:52 AM

Hi,

 

Iam shelf life and will try to help you. Iam only online here once per day during the week but more on weekends.

 

I dont think it has anything to do with CA's. You must be reading about Lenovo shipping adware with there machines which included a root CA:

 

http://www.eweek.com/security/lenovo-now-acknowledges-superfish-adware-risks.html

 

Websites can overtime via tracking show ads based on your web browsing history. If the ads seem relevant to you than this is the case.

 

I dont see any ads on my personal machine using Firefox.

 

If you still want to investigate lets get a FRST log as a starting point and make sure your not seeing ads that may be do to malware on your machine.

Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your Desktop.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/farbar-recovery-scan-tool/

Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system, download both of them and try to run them. Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.

    Right-click FRST then click "Run as administrator"
    When the tool opens
    click Yes to disclaimer.
    Press the Scan button.
    When finished, it will produce a log called FRST.txt in the same directory the tool was run from.
    Please copy and paste the log in your next reply.

The first time the tool is run it generates another log (Addition.txt - also located in the same directory the tool was run from). Please also paste that, along with the FRST.txt into your next reply.

 


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Posted 04 May 2015 - 05:13 PM

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