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#1 seraphin

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 10:17 AM

Does bleeping computer website use sponsor's ads ?? or did the following scenario come from my downloading and installing GIMP and/or colwiz ??

 

It started with my searching for alternatives for photo editing programs and reference manager programs to download. I ended up installing GIMP (downloaded from www.gimp.org) and colwiz (from www.colwiz.com).

 

It appeared that immediately after I finished my installation of both programs, a bleepingcomputer.com link (see below, which I found but had yet clicked on at that point) started showing an ad from bestbuy.com.

 

The ad came thinly veiled so I was not aware of it in the first place. But when I tried to click on the link about is-gimp-safe, I was re-directed to bestbuy.com. I then realized that was the ad with an "X" at the right upper corner.

 

What happened here ? Was it due to GIMP ? colwiz ? or was it just that bleeping computer now uses sponsor's ad on the webpage ?

 

Thanks

 

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/516630/is-gimp-safe/

 

 



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Posted 20 March 2018 - 10:25 AM

Use the programs below to clean, remove adware and remove malware. It does sound like you have picked up some unwanted junk.

 

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 Google Chrome and Avast.

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

 

Malwarebytes - Clean Mode

  • Download and install the free version of Malwarebytes
    Note: If you have Malwarebytes already installed, you don't need to install it again. Simply start from the next bullet point
  • Once Malwarebytes is installed, launch it and let it update its database. You might have to click on the little arrow by Scan Status in the middle right pane for it to do so
  • Once the database update is complete, click on the Scan tab, then select the Threat Scan button and click on Start Scan
  • Let the scan run, the time required to complete the scan depends of your system and computer specs
  • Once the scan is complete, make sure that the first checkbox at the top is checked (which will automatically check every detected item), then click on the Quarantine Selected button
    • If it asks you to restart your computer to complete the removal, do so
  • Click on Export Summary after the deletion (in the bottom-left corner) and select Copy to Clipboard. Paste the content in your next reply

Download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop. (compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10)

  • Close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click on Scan button.
  • When the scan has finished click on Clean button.
  • Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  • Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.
  • You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.

 

Download and run the FREE online scanner from Free Virus Scan | Online Virus Scan from ESET | ESET

  • Place a checkmark in YES, I accept the Terms of Use, then click Start. Wait for ESET Online Scanner to load its components.
  • Select Enable detection of potentially unwanted applications.
  • Click Advanced Settings, then place a checkmark in the following:
    • Remove found threats
    • Scan archives
    • Scan for potentially unsafe applications
    • Enable Anti-Stealth technology
  • Click Start to begin scanning.
  • ESET Online Scanner will start downloading signatures and scan. Please be patient, as this scan can take quite some time.
  • When the scan is done, click List threats (only available if ESET Online Scanner found something).
  • Click Export, then save the file to your desktop.
  • Click Back, then Finish to exit ESET Online Scanner.

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