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Clean install Windows 7 - Fake Bleepingcomputer.com ???


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#1 nonberry

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 06:01 PM

Installed a brand new hard drive and completed a Windows 7 clean install on a highly infected computer. The install went as expected. 
 
Afterwards, I reset the DSL router according to my ISP's instructions and checked to make sure the firewall and Windows Defender were turned on. 
 
Using Internet Explorer, I went to MalwareBytes and downloaded MalwareBytes free version. I also downloaded CCleaner free version. I typed in Bleeping Computer AdwCleaner download, clicked search and at first it went to a white page. I tried it a couple more times and it finally loaded a page claiming to be Bleepingcomputer.com, however, it did not look like your website. Afraid to use that site, I went to Microsoft Essentials, downloaded Microsoft Essentials and it found nothing. I ran MalwareBytes and found nothing. 
 
Thinking it might be Internet Explorer settings, I attempted to download Opera Stable browser. It went through all the steps of the download and showed it was downloaded to the download folder, but I can't find a trace of it anywhere on the computer. 
 
I can't complete the pre-steps required from Bleeping Computers since I can't access your website. It acts like the browser has been hijacked, but, I'm only guessing at this point. 
 
Aside from the fresh Windows 7 program, there are only 3 programs installed. MalwareBytes, CCleaner and Microsoft Essentials. I'm currently using a different computer and hoping to get some kind of help with it. 
 
 
 
Thanks in advance. 

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 07:07 PM

Some Bleeping Computer pages have been re-designed. The new design for those pages was introduced on Oct. 7, 2015.They look nothing like they did previously. This could be the reason you think it is a fake page.

Downloads section is one which is part of the new look.
More information is here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/592712/bleepingcomputer-is-excited-to-announce-tomorrows-launch-of-our-redesigned-site/

If what you saw look like either of the images below, then you were not on a fake Bleeping Computer page.

Looks like this when signed in
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When not signed in
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Posted 01 November 2015 - 07:35 PM

Thanks Queen-Evie for your quick response. 

 

Unfortunately, that's not the same page. I clicked the more information link you provided and read the post from "Trigger Jinxed", and it reminded me that the Bleepingcomputer.com site flashed briefly, then quickly went to a white page with nothing but a Red Hat logo in the corner. Curious, would a setting on IE cause the logo not to display? 



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Posted 02 November 2015 - 08:20 AM

Can you post an inactive link to the Bleeping Computer website you believe is fake.

For example http://www.bleepingcomputer.com is the legit site.

To make the link inactive (disabled)...just replace the tt in http to xx as follows:
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Posted 03 November 2015 - 12:00 PM

Sorry for the delay.

 

The website url shows it as Bleepingcomputer.com, however, I continued to have white pages with Red Hat ads. After several hours on your site, it finally occurred to me, what I believe, to be happening. 

 

With a couple of adjustments to IE settings, I was able to load Bleeping Computer and download AdwCleaner. What continued to occur was the white pages with Red Hat ads. When I clicked the main tabs, (ex: Downloads, Forum, etc..), to change the page on the site, it would go to the intended page, however, the second I used the scroll bar to scroll the page, the page would immediately go to a white page with a Red Hat ad. After the ad pop-up, then followed by clicking the back button, it would go back to the correct page and I was able to do whatever I needed to do. 

 

It appears to be built into the new Bleeping Computer website to flip the page to an ad page when the person uses the scroll bar, or, it may be a bug in the new design. Bleeping Computer is the only website it seems to happen on. 

 

How do I stop the pages from flipping to Red Hat ads? 



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Posted 03 November 2015 - 05:15 PM

Were you logged in as a registered member?

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Posted 04 November 2015 - 09:43 AM

Thanks for your answer. I wasn't logged in and I shouldn't have to be to avoid ads from popping up,. Have to say it's  pretty sneaky of Bleeping Computer to use the scroll bar to launch ads. I find it disturbing Bleeping Computers didn't find it necessary to post that information on their newly designed website. 

 

I thought the computer was severely infected. Apparently, it's not infected at all. Wasted hours working on it and almost bought a paid version of anti-virus from this site. Good thing I discovered what was really going on. 

 

Thank you for your assistance. 



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Posted 04 November 2015 - 05:24 PM

Grinler, the site owner of BleepingComputer, does not believe in doing anything sneaky. He has been above board in everthing he does for this site which has helped thousands of folks with all sorts of computer issues since day one.

Granted board updates can result in some unfavorable features (or even quirks) a user may not like but they always have the option to voice their opinion/concerns in the BleepingComputer Announcements, Comments, & Suggestions forum.
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