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  • HELP!!! Flashing ads...anyone else suffering?

    Suddenly today I have started to get small ad boxes in the top left of my screen that flash and flicker...IT began in Yahoo mail and was restricted to Yahoo...until I came in here this evening and I find it is happening here too now.

    I have pop up blocker on max settings and still these things appear...they are not just annoying they make me feel quite ill and If I can't find a solution I wiull have no choice but to avoid the sites where they appear....major inconvenience with my webabsed mail being at yahoo Grrr!

    I've got good security protection and I have run a full computer scan today just in case...all came up with nothing. I restarted my pc but that had no effect at all...

    I had someone else look at it but we can't figure it out...can anyone else see these ads/is anyone else hvaing similar problems...more importantly does anyone know how to get rid of them HELP PLEASE...

  • #2
    I don't have any flashing ads on my screen. A lot of ads nowadays are the clever sort that are tailored towards what you've recently searched on google or the types of websites you've visited recently (I know when we were looking to get a shed last year I was then confronted with loads of shed adverts everywhere I went!) so that particular flashing ad might be following you around because of your search history.

    That's my very un-technical explanation and the only solution I know is to spend some time searching for something else and it'll probably get replaced with an ad for that. Someone else might have a proper solution however where it can actually be blocked
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    • #3
      You can get programmes that block all adverts, but you might have to pay. I think one of them is called adblocker, or something like that.
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      • #4
        I'm not in the least bothered by normal ads - I can ignore those...but these flashing things are intrusive, overlay the screen, have no means of closing them or evenm moving them out of the way...but it is the flickering and flashing that gets to me.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Christa View Post
          I'm not in the least bothered by normal ads - I can ignore those...but these flashing things are intrusive, overlay the screen, have no means of closing them or evenm moving them out of the way...but it is the flickering and flashing that gets to me.
          Definitely sounds like there's something on your PC that shouldn't be there. The husband suggests running either Spybot Search and Destroy or Ad-Aware that you can find and download from here http://download****et.com/windows/spyware-removers/ he says these have a good blocking and innoculation system against this kind of thing.

          Edit - sorry link doesn't work, if you google for them you should find them easily enough.

          Edit again - direct link here http://www.safer-networking.org/en/spybotsd/index.html DH has used it on a number of PC's and says it's very effective.
          Last edited by nattynetty; 21-05-2011, 11:33 AM.
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          • #6
            But, if it's part of the CF page you get when you log in, maybe it can't be removed by regular kinds of ad removal software...because the CF ''configuration'' allows ads based on what the user uses...so it may be a Catch 22 sort of thing, unless Mr. Media can restrict it to not allow flashers...heh...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by cosmic grammie View Post
              But, if it's part of the CF page you get when you log in, maybe it can't be removed by regular kinds of ad removal software...because the CF ''configuration'' allows ads based on what the user uses...so it may be a Catch 22 sort of thing, unless Mr. Media can restrict it to not allow flashers...heh...
              If it's over laying on the screen it doesn't sound like one Mr M would allow so my feeling is it's something not related to the forum...although he'd be the one to confirm this.

              We had those types of ads appearing on the PC at my old work place but they were ads for x-rated websites - not ideal when your job involved using the PC to do job searches with teenagers
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              • #8
                I see them on sites I go to, and they generally say

                "YOU HAVE WON!! You have won a chance to win a car!"

                Or something stupid like that. I guess there are plenty of people who fall for it.

                I would never buy anything from any place that has flashing ads. How obnoxious.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the replies... I think it may be an IE thing because when I switched to Google chrome there are no probs and no flashers. I had accidentally upgraded the IE and had experienced a few glitches after that... I am sick of IE glitchiness and will stick with Chrome for now and see if that is better.

                  The ads I was seeing were for a well known brands such as a national chemists named after a type of footwear...no porn or suspect services... and I definitely hadn't won anything I had entered

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                  • #10
                    Yeah .. everyone has these problems.. but i use escan ,, and my mozilla pop up blocker.. blocks it!!

                    Lollzzz i loved the ...YOU WON A CAR!! Offer.... hahah rofl!!
                    There are some dumb people who really go for it!!

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                    • #11
                      Yep we have no ads top left other than a static banner so no flashing and no overlay...

                      Its sounds like some nasty program on your pc... Firefox or chrome is far better than IE ... Both have ad bocker too
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                      • #12
                        My pc is a few months old and since I got it I have pretty decent and totally up to date anti everything protection and run regular scans. Since this happened I have run several additional total system scans/ spybot etc and nothing was detected. All my security & pop up blocker settings are pretty tight and seemingly working well. It was restricted to one or two sites and only when I was using the updated version of IE...since switching to Chrome the problem has disappeared.

                        I can't think of anything else I can do...especially without any evidence my pc has a nasty infection ...so I have simply quit IE.

                        Thanks for all the input

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