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Malicious adware

Post by jezport on November 16th 2011, 7:29 pm

When I click on a users name to bring their profile up I get an ad underneath their Avatar My Norton AV software warns me that it is a malicious site.

Can anyone help me here as it tempts the viewer to click on it and upload a missing component.
This is the information about where clicking the ad takes you.

http://safeweb.norton.com/report/show?url=http:%2F%2Forigin-ics.fivemillionfriends.com%2FIC%2FGPLAppBundler52%2F27520%2F0%2Fef442503-34a7-4f99-afaa-4b42bdfccd2b%2FXvidSetup.exe

Update: It seems to be a few dodgy adverts, now who checks the advertisers which use the forums?
Can we stop adult themed adverts? as I am considering making a forum for a scout group and cannot have any adult adverts.



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Re: Malicious adware

Post by SLGray on November 16th 2011, 8:10 pm

The only way to remove ads is by buying credits and spending credits.

Administration Panel>>Misc>>Credit Management


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Re: Malicious adware

Post by jezport on November 16th 2011, 8:14 pm

slg wrote:The only way to remove ads is by buying credits and spending credits.

Administration Panel>>Misc>>Credit Management

Is this not a malicious site that is advertising on the forums?

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Re: Malicious adware

Post by SLGray on November 16th 2011, 8:19 pm

It could be a false alert by your anti-virus program.


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Re: Malicious adware

Post by jezport on November 16th 2011, 8:24 pm

slg wrote:It could be a false alert by your anti-virus program.

If you look at my norton link it convinces me that the treat is real. Also if you click the X in the corner of the window it also tries to take you to the linked site. Which is not what an X should do if the ad is legitimate.

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Re: Malicious adware

Post by kirk on November 16th 2011, 8:37 pm

there are no adult ads on forumotion,
If there is then you get a screen shot of the ad, and link to where it leads.
But i have Google ad's my self and you can choose to filter whatever kinds of ad's you wish not to allow, and forumotion would never allow any adult ad's.

It would be like breaking their own TOS.. lol


It's possible it could be a false positive, i really do not know, but be sure to quarantine anything that ever comes up.
With that being said all i see is the the risk factor is at low, so thats a plus.

But if these are corrupt ad's or lead to pages with corruptions/ad-ware on them. Then you will have to report it to Google so Google can take care of the problem and remove them themselves, or contact the company responsible for them to fix.

All forumotion or anyone else can do that has Google adsense is filter the types of ad's you wish not to have on your site, as far as anything being corrupt, we have no way of knowing what Google has lined up day to day and is Google's responsibility not to allow any such ad's.

So if and when you come across more of these, you have to get screen shots of the ad on the page, and the link it leads to so it can be reported to Google, Or if there is a way for it to be filter by whoever has the account from which the page the ad's reside on.

I had a little problem last night, i kept getting dating ad's for single women in china, and although the ad's where not pornographic in anyway, nor was the site it lead to, i did not want them there, so i was able to filter it out, But once again we can only filter ad's of the categories Google has in place, anything that may be corrupt in a ad or site it leads to, is for Google to take responsibility and rid it from their list.

And i mean if they are out on there on one site, then they are out their on many others as well Sad


Oh Who's forum are they on, Is it your forum or you are just a member of the forum it happened on.
It is possible the owners of the forum put a corrupt code on their page? knowingly or not knowingly?

do you have the link, i can see if anything comes up for me Smile

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Re: Malicious adware

Post by jezport on November 16th 2011, 8:46 pm

Thanks Kirk. I have altered the profile to a different setting and that has stopped that particular ad window being there.

Now if you can sort my backup issue that would make me very happy.

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Re: Malicious adware

Post by kirk on November 16th 2011, 8:52 pm

wheres the link to your backup problem?

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Re: Malicious adware

Post by jezport on November 16th 2011, 9:01 pm


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