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Tech: Plague of Blue Clickies

eddie1 25 Jan 14 - 05:26 AM
maeve 25 Jan 14 - 05:52 AM
maeve 25 Jan 14 - 06:10 AM
GUEST,Peter 25 Jan 14 - 06:33 AM
maeve 25 Jan 14 - 07:17 AM
eddie1 25 Jan 14 - 10:14 AM
eddie1 26 Jan 14 - 03:07 AM
Leadfingers 26 Jan 14 - 03:51 AM
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Subject: Tech: Plague of Blue Clickies
From: eddie1
Date: 25 Jan 14 - 05:26 AM

Was on Mudcat 30 minutes ago with no problems. Having returned, I find Blue Clickies all over the place, in pretty well every thread, on words which are part of the text!

Hovering over the Clicky reveals a link to a video site which I haven't clicked on.

What the hell has happened?

Eddie


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Subject: RE: Tech: Plague of Blue Clickies
From: maeve
Date: 25 Jan 14 - 05:52 AM

You have malware or similar on your computer. I'll have a look for for the thread where this was discussed months ago.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Plague of Blue Clickies
From: maeve
Date: 25 Jan 14 - 06:10 AM

Eddie, here is one possibility:
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Subject: RE: Mudcat Virus or new feature
From: DMcG - PM
Date: 02 Nov 12 - 09:57 AM

As the opening poster, I can report that there were no viruses as such, but somewhere along the lines I'd picked a 'utility add-in' called something like "Grand Offers" which must have been installed alongside something I actually wanted. Fortunately it seems to be reasonably well-behaved in the sense that disabling it stopped the behaviour and it uninstalled when asked to.
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Time for a scan? Let us know how you do. Good luck!
Maeve


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Subject: RE: Tech: Plague of Blue Clickies
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 25 Jan 14 - 06:33 AM

I saw problem reported by somebody on a tech forum a couple of weeks ago. See the thread here


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Subject: RE: Tech: Plague of Blue Clickies
From: maeve
Date: 25 Jan 14 - 07:17 AM

Guest Peter's link leads to a discussion of an extension called "GreatArcadeHits" which was piggybacked onto something else he had downloaded. Might be the same as the thingie DMcG described in the quoted above. So... a look into your extensions/adware is in order, it seems.
Thanks for weighing in, Guest Peter.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Plague of Blue Clickies
From: eddie1
Date: 25 Jan 14 - 10:14 AM

Thanks for weighing in Folks. I've downloaded Malwarebytes and have a scan running as I post.
Will let you know how it goes

Edddie


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Subject: RE: Tech: Plague of Blue Clickies
From: eddie1
Date: 26 Jan 14 - 03:07 AM

Hi Folks
Looks like a success. Scan threw up about 100 instances of the same malware. I deleted the lot and (touch wood) everything seems back to normal.
Thanks for the help

Eddie


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Subject: RE: Tech: Plague of Blue Clickies
From: Leadfingers
Date: 26 Jan 14 - 03:51 AM

A LOT of 'useful free downloads seem have extra's that need to be deselected before hitting 'Go'


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