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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Site Feedback
Not sure if correct area but why are some words in posts being "infiltrated" by making them into adverts?

Take this thread in the OP, 3 words have been converted to red with a double underline and when hovered over they are adverts, the words in the post are: -
boiler in the second paragraph, advert for boiler quotes.
job in the fifth paragraph, advert for online workers
deeds in the last paragraph, advert for debt counselling.

Or is it just my computer? As if I quote the post, the words appear normal, but looking at the post they are as I state above.
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  • vuvuzelavuvuzela Forumite
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    Fine on my PC. I'd get onto the techie board and find out about doing a spyware check asap.
  • Hi derrick,

    It may be that your computer and/or your web browser has picked up a plugin and/or virus to convert words on websites to advertisement links.

    If you don't have an Anti-virus, see our Free Anti-virus guide here on how to protect yourself. http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping/free-anti-virus-software

    If you do have an Anti-virus software, a basic precaution would be to run an update on the software and perform a full system scan.

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  • MobeerMobeer Forumite
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    Is this related to Skimwords? The forum already uses Skim links to re-write links, but is not supposed to be using Skimwords to re-write the non-link text?
  • Mobeer wrote: »
    Is this related to Skimwords? The forum already uses Skim links to re-write links, but is not supposed to be using Skimwords to re-write the non-link text?

    Just to confirm, we only use skimlinks. I've asked a few MSE staff to click the link derrick has posted and we can't replicate the problem here. It sounds very much like this is something on derrick's machine, as MSE Joe alludes to.

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  • derrickderrick Forumite
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    Just to confirm, we only use skimlinks. I've asked a few MSE staff to click the link derrick has posted and we can't replicate the problem here. It sounds very much like this is something on derrick's machine, as MSE Joe alludes to.


    It is not on that post now, it seems to keep changing, it is showing one on the forums main page under Matched Betting title the word "gamble"

    I have anti virus and will check updates and run it.

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  • derrickderrick Forumite
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    i am running AVG 9.0 at the moment, this was up to date and is run regularly,(and i think runs in the background),

    I have also Malwarebytes and Spybot S&D this is run in the background.

    Some of the words have appeared again in the same thread as I mentioned in my OP, and can be seen on this image,(for those who do not believe:D), the words are, plumber, gas safe and gas supply.

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  • vuvuzelavuvuzela Forumite
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    I don't think anyone disbelieved you :)
    I would definitely run a thorough spyware check - try superantispyware too, this is something on your machine and not the forum. What exactly are the links pointing to when you hover over (or click) them ?
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    vuvuzela wrote: »
    I don't think anyone disbelieved you :)
    I would definitely run a thorough spyware check - try superantispyware too, this is something on your machine and not the forum. What exactly are the links pointing to when you hover over (or click) them ?


    See OP for examples when hovering.

    I have just run AVG 9.0, nothing found, and am running Malwarebytes at the moment.
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  • fermifermi Forumite
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    Never had any such thing on these forums.

    I concur that it is something on your computer.

    What browser are you using? Maybe try another and/or disable all addons?
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  • vuvuzelavuvuzela Forumite
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    derrick wrote: »
    See OP for examples when hovering.

    I have just run AVG 9.0, nothing found, and am running Malwarebytes at the moment.
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    But where exactly do the adverts lead you to ? Is there nothing on the popup box that appears that tells you who is running the advert service ? As I said yesterday, I am pretty convinced it's something on your PC, definitely not the forum. Do try the free version of http://www.superantispyware.com/ which is one of the anti-spyware tools I use at work.
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