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#1 bobspicks

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 02:35 PM

I recently purchased a PC with Windows 10 installed.  This wasn't my favourite option because I had previously updated another PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10, but reverted back to Windows 10.  I didn't like what I was seeing in Edge, specifically because of the pop-ups that frequently occur.  The pop-ups causing the most headaches were those where I was told I had a virus and to call a phone number to have it fixed (I immediately killed the task to get around these events).  Since at least 1993 I was able to prevent these in Internet Explorer (IE) by disabling Active scripting.  However, Edge doesn't appear to have this setting.  Thankfully, I noticed I can still disable Active scripting in IE11.  Is there a way to disable Active scripting in Edge?  How about Chrome, where I also notice these pop-ups occur.

 

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 02:52 PM

Install an ad blocker in your browsers. Use Firefox and NoScript to control scripts. Block Third Party cookies from installing. Run scans

to find and remove malware and adware.

 

You can block third party cookies from installing. Those are the ad/ tracking cookies. Once you have blocked them from

installing, use CCleaner to remove the existing ones.

How to disable third-party cookies in all major web browsers

 

Use CCleaner to remove Temporary files, program caches, cookies, logs, etc. Use the Default settings. No need to use the

Registry Cleaning Tool...risky. Pay close attention while installing and UNcheck offers of toolbars....especially Google.

After install, open CCleaner and run by clicking on the Run Cleaner button in the bottom right corner.

CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

 

If you don't have an ad blocker installed I suggest using Adblock Plus. Once installed click on the ABP icon at the top of your

browsers and choose Filter Preferences. Then UNcheck the box next to Allow some non-intrusive advertisements.

Adblock Plus - Chrome Web Store   Adblock Plus :: Add-ons for Firefox   Adblock Plus for Edge browser   Adblock Plus for IE

 

For Firefox users I also recommend learning to use NoScript which is an excellent ad blocker and excellent security.

It will block web beacons and all of those malware scripts that attempt to install adware and malware on your computer by just visiting a compromised or

a criminal's website. NoScript Security Suite :: Add-ons for Firefox

 

From the Web:

A Web beacon is an often-transparent graphic image, usually no larger than 1 pixel x 1 pixel, that is placed on a Web site or in an email that is used to monitor the behavior of the user visiting the Web site or sending the email. It is often used in combination with cookies.

 

Scan for adware and malware using these programs:

Malwarebytes   AdwCleaner   Junkware Removal Tool


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#3 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 04:52 PM

 

The pop-ups causing the most headaches were those where I was told I had a virus and to call a phone number to have it fixed

 

This sort of pop-up is usually caused by malware, even if relatively benign malware. Run a scan with Malwarebytes and if it comes up with anything it cannot fix itself start a topic iin the 'Am I infected?' section of BC.

 

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 06:20 PM

 

 

The pop-ups causing the most headaches were those where I was told I had a virus and to call a phone number to have it fixed

 

This sort of pop-up is usually caused by malware, even if relatively benign malware. Run a scan with Malwarebytes and if it comes up with anything it cannot fix itself start a topic iin the 'Am I infected?' section of BC.

 

Chris Cosgrove

 

 

Seconded.  I have never seen pop-up messages of that nature that did not have a malware/virus infection as their root cause.


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Posted 07 August 2017 - 02:49 PM

Malwarebytes 3.1.2 found one threat (PUP.Optional/MediaGet) that it quarantined.

I'll advise if I see the pop-ups again.

Thanks.

Bob




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