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Unwanted pop-ups and downloads Answered

Last December 24, 2009, I clicked a link in the Instructables newletter.  An alert message box popped up that my computer had malware on it and needed an immediate check for viruses.  It offered a free scan of my computer.  I clicked OK, the scan detected trojans, and offered to sell me trojan removal software, which I declined to purchase.   I spent a lot of time and effort running scans downloading malware removal programs, uninstalling/reinstalling my security program and finally got the trojans removed.  I also learned about pop-ups that install the malware on pc's when the pop-up is clicked on.

I decided to unsubscibe from the Instructables newsletter, but later relented unwilling to put the blame for the trojans on Instructables.

Two days ago, I was copying a recipe from Instructables website.  When I clicked on Step 7, a pop-up message from the website appeared that my computer had signs of malware and offered to do a free scan.  Being now cautious,  I ran a scan from my securtiy that dectected no malware.  I clicked "Cancel" on the pop-up to get rid of the message, then did another scan with Malwarebytes.  Bam! Infected!  I got the security disablers off my computer and then unsubscribed from Instructables newsletter.

During the time I was on Instructables website, websites came up without me clicking (while I was trying to copy the recipe.  Maybe my cursor randomly passed over an ad, then it came up.  I'm thinking the pop-up message came up the same way.  I read on McAfee SiteAdvisor comments that this happened to others:  a malicious download.

Instructables could examine the ads submitted and the instructions submitted for malware.  Why aren't they doing that?  Why is Instructables website dangerous for malicious downloads?

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Jayefuu

9 years ago

Try switching to Firefox? I've never had any issues with instructables whilst using Firefox on XP or 7.

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lemonieJayefuu

Reply 9 years ago

You're Pro - you only see a fraction of the ads that this person does.

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crapflinger

9 years ago

i don't have the link handy but this is a known issue with the ad server...it's been reported A LOT...it's not an issue with instructables itself (per se) but with the ads that are being served to you, which the ibles team has no direct control over