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Is anyone else seeing a vertical colum of moving/changing ads on the right side of the Avsim pages called HOT DEALS?  They cover about 1/4 width of the page on the right side.There is an arrow that you can click on and they move off to the right of the page, but then there is a left arrow that will bring them back in view. Each time you go to a different page in the forums, they appear again in full view. You have to click on the right arrow to get rid of them again. Very anoying. Or am I the only one seeing this? So far, I only see them on the Avsim site.


Never mind. I found a little box at the bottom of the colum with the gear sign and I clicked on it to reveal an OPt OUT box. It was then revealed to me that it was labled        " Enhanced Shopping Assistant". I must have picked it up in something I downloaded, but it was strange that it only appeared on the Avsim pages. It is gone now.

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I don't see them and we have no title called Hot Deals.

 

Best regards,

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You really have to be careful about installing software from the web, even from reputable sources.

Never click on the "typical" option,as some software has bundled  other applications inside the typical setup. if a notice about some unwanted software popups up, click "cancel" which should allow you proceed with the desired installation. Be aware there may be more than one unwanted program bundled. I've been caught out a few times and it takes a lot of work to remove some of this rubbish they add nowadays. 

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get "ad bloc"  it's great, free and blocks all ads.  For you to see this and most of us don't....your pc is probably infected with a lot of malware/viruses.

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Depending on your browser, I use three little utilities to keep ads at bay.

 

One is AdBlockPlus, the other is Greasemonkey,and the third is Ghostery. Greasemonkey stops all the Google-saturated ads, Ghostery blocks almost every ad

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Had similar issues with ad-/mal-/bloatware polluting my AVSIM site (and some others). Freeware versions of Malwarebytes, Adwcleaner and Avast! removed them.

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Yeh. Looks like it came with a supposeded update for Adobe Flash Player. I have now gotten rid of it. Strange that the only place I saw the ads was here on Avsim. Thanks for the advice.

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Occasionally those updates will sneak something extra in on you.  I've had some adware junk appear before, but fortunately I use malawarebytes premium along with Microsoft Security Essentials to help nuke it.  A few months ago a popup started appearing at the worst time (I was in mid-flight) and crashing me out of the sim.  After a little sleuthing I gave it the boot for good.

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update for Adobe Flash Player

That's why the latest Firefox blocks it by default and one has to allow permissions for any site with embedded Adobe Flash Player, the bane of the Internet.

 

Oliver

It's a pity I do not have at hand the security software article that reviewed anti-virus and malware tools, because MalwareBytes free version did not come out too well. But your Avast as the best of freeware anti-virus software on test.

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As I said awhile back, for a FS computer the internet is the root of all evil. Every once in awhile on my laptop (not the FS computer) I find some sort of crap like that has found it's way in. I find Win 8.1 to be particularly vulnerable.

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It would be really helpful when someone has a public report like this to make, to provide a screen shot with the initial post. That way, fellow users can confirm immediately whether they  are seeing the same, instead of speculating over the cause and folks scratching their heads over what their systems may have aboard to be concerned about.

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Oliver

It's a pity I do not have at hand the security software article that reviewed anti-virus and malware tools, because MalwareBytes free version did not come out too well. But your Avast as the best of freeware anti-virus software on test.

 

 

Thanks, Rick.

Avast! provides realtime protection even with the freeware version, Malwarebytes does not. So Avast! is my no. 1 24/7 protection right now, with MWB only doing the occasional extra scan.

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Oliver

 

Will PM re:a mutual friend of ours later

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Unfortunately I have also started gettting these "pop up Ads" sometimes with music. It is not only AVSIM but several other places as well.  Some of these suckers are full page with music  It may have piggy backed on a software I didn't read close enough when installing. I use Mozilla Firefox and sometimes IE.  Tried virus scan, some of the free software for removal and checked program removal but no go. I was wondering if I do a windows restore a few days back that would fix it. Or maybe reinstalling Firefox and IE.

 

I do get these random "Ads" on both IE and MF. Because of this mess I may have little or no hairl left if and when I can reslove this.

 

Thanks for any hlep.

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Just a follow up I think I have found the culprit causing all these" pop ups.  Three folders that were put in my program data folder this morning were the following new folders: SaVeerPro, savereon, and saveRon.  I noticed the ads have savepro associated with them.  Deleting thses folder did not fix the problem so I guess saveerPro is in the registry somewhere.  I am nervous with messing with thre registry since the last time I tried to change the registry I corrupted the OS and had to do a complete reinstall. 

I am assuming this is the problem.

Any comments are appreciated.  As you can tell I am not a computer guru

 

 

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Any comments are appreciated. As you can tell I am not a computer guru

 

I am not a Guru either Carl.  I did a search of the Internet for those three new folders and there is a way to disable those program - https://www.google.com/search?q=SaVeerPro%2C+savereon%2C+and+saveRon&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 .

 

I think all of the Browsers developers are finding more and more ways to get advertisers so they can all be multiZillionaires and play in the Bahamas during the winter.  I find them all quite offensive and looking for more and more ways to figure out how to get rid of them on the websites I visit.  I use Firefox mostly and they do have an options page where you can look at their addons but it appears they do not like you messing with any adaware stuff.

 

Still, I would definitely stay away from the Registry as that won't help.  You can delete an item now (if you were a computer guru) and 30 seconds later the makers of the adaware programs would sniff you out and reinstall the offending stuff.  You see, you cannot defeat any of the advertisers.  They survive by our stupidity and for being naive.  If you can identify the exact name of the program that is advertising on your computer without your permission, try running a search on Google or Bing with a statement like "how do I get rid of adaware" or "how do i stop advertisers from placing ads in my browser!!!"  (The three exclamation points are important and shows you mean business...).  Good luck!

 

Best regards,


I just did what I recommended above and here's one suggestion - http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Pop-Ups.

 

Best regards,

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Hi Jim, thanks for the info.

 

I think I got it fixed using Firefox.  I went to Firefox Menu button. 2. Help Menu (?).  3. From the help menu choose Toubleshooting Information. 3. In Trouble shooting page click "Reset Firefox". 4. Click on the "Reset Firefox" button in the new confirmation window that opens. Fireforx will then revert back to default settings.  So far so good at AVSIM.  Will see if resetting IE will also do the trick.

 

I hope I learned my lesson the last time I tried to mess with the registry.  It took several days to get windows 7 reinstalled and all the FSX.  In fact I decided to go with steam fsx this time.  Real easy install compared to the FSX disks.

 

 

Regards,

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Carl, you can also try adwcleaner (freeware tool; make sure to download from their official site only). It scans the registry, IE, Firefox, Chrome and some more places.

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Carl,

 

One of the best filters that I have found for Firefox is "Ghostery".  It does a great job of blocking unwanted processes.  It is a free add-on for Firefox and can be found at www.ghostery.com .  You can select which processes you want to stop when you visit a page and the program will remember that process and block it at every site, unless you choose to unblock.

 

It is simple to install and use, and it works great.

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Carl, you can also try adwcleaner (freeware tool; make sure to download from their official site only). It scans the registry, IE, Firefox, Chrome and some more places.

Oliver  This morning I tried other tricks but nothing would get rid of wowCoupons in IE. Then I downloaded adwcleaner it worked perfectely. It cleaned out SaveePro and wowCoupon.  Now IE and Firefox are clear of those ads. 

 

 

Carl,

 

One of the best filters that I have found for Firefox is "Ghostery".  It does a great job of blocking unwanted processes.  It is a free add-on for Firefox and can be found at www.ghostery.com .  You can select which processes you want to stop when you visit a page and the program will remember that process and block it at every site, unless you choose to unblock.

 

It is simple to install and use, and it works great.

Thanks for the heads up.  I will go ahead and download "Ghostey" just to be prepared for the next mistake I might make in downloading free stuff.

 

I gotta say you guys really bailed me out - from going bald.

It is great to know that AVsim has so many folks out there with a lot  of Knowledge and wisdom to hlep others in need.

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