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#1 wishmakingfairy

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Posted 01 October 2016 - 01:15 PM

I always help an elderly lady out and I've given her malwarebytes premium out of my own pocket and have done my best, but she keeps landing on weird sites and she says she hasn't been going anywhere outside her normal sites (or so she says). Anyways, she has Yahoo as a homepage and unfortunately refuses to use chrome or firefox w/ an adblocker. To see what she might be clicking on, I used Edge like her and a little weird generic looking ad came up that was clearly garbage. It had a picture of a stop sign. After I clicked it, I watched as it changed from site to site in a matter of seconds until landing on what you see below.

 

I don't mind ads for sites that are small and struggling, but for a company like Yahoo with as much money as they make, shouldn't be resorting to having this kind of garbage. I wanted to post a picture and also mention that this ad came up, i assume it comes through "Adchoices".

 

My computer is fine, I ran malwarebytes and a few other things. It doesn't seem to have affected anything. Even if It would, i like a challenge :P.

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#2 RolandJS

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Posted 01 October 2016 - 01:41 PM

I doubt that's from Yahoo prime.  Have you already run adwcleaner?


Edited by RolandJS, 01 October 2016 - 01:41 PM.

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Posted 01 October 2016 - 01:46 PM

Yep, all is good on mine and her end at this time. But It was just to let others know that I found that sites like yahoo can be an easy place to target the unsuspecting. I have no idea what yahoo prime is either. I just went to https://www.yahoo.com/ . I found it extremely odd since I had never used edge until right now. I had a ninite installer install firefox as soon as I got the computer up. There's probably a more going on that I don't know, but am just distraught that such an ad would come up that could harm those that aren't prepared or have ever dealt with such a site.


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Posted 01 October 2016 - 03:47 PM

By posting Yahoo prime, I was shortcutting, I mean I don't believe that Yahoo itself sends that ad, I believe a 3rd party is using Yahoo as a conduit to send out that ad.


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Posted 10 October 2016 - 08:32 AM

And to top it all off, adding insult to injury, the toll free number is not even currently in service!

 

(How I am I supposed to get help with the pop-up they caused??) :)


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