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Solved Possibly hacked banner commercials on forum

Post by paf on April 19th 2011, 2:59 pm

I mentioned this is another thread dealing with a different topic, so I thought it best to address this separately (hoping it doesn't violate any forum rules).

The banner commercials shown on the forum changes for moments into different "banner commercials" with hugely marked words such as "PLAY" or "DOWNLOAD". My virus protection blocks the sites that these links to, advising that they contain malware, trojans, etc.

Has my forum been hacked?

The fake banner commercials do not appear at all times. When it does, one of them looks like this:



and the url that this "banner commercial" leads to is partially shown here:



(apologies for the low quality of the images)

Is this a normal banner commercial and the url is that a normal url from a banner commercial? If not, is there a possibility of my forum being hacked?

Fact is that my antivirus program disallows access to that url, but the antivirus does not prevent access to those urls of normal banner commercials.

Please do look into this. Thank you.

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Solved Re: Possibly hacked banner commercials on forum

Post by Base on April 19th 2011, 3:08 pm

Hi, your forum has not been hacked. Instead, those are advertisements and you need to purchase credits in order to remove them. Wink

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Solved Re: Possibly hacked banner commercials on forum

Post by HaXBoX7 on April 19th 2011, 3:12 pm

@Base wrote:Hi, your forum has not been hacked. Instead, those are advertisements and you need to purchase credits in order to remove them. Wink

Meh,

Reccomend all your users to install the adblock plus application, Available for chrome, firefox and opera. For each ads they see, Right click and block any ads they see. So this will be concerned as spam eventually.

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Problem, Google Ads?

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Solved Re: Possibly hacked banner commercials on forum

Post by Base on April 19th 2011, 3:14 pm

I have removed your image as it was unnecessary large and was not necessary to be posted. Avoid doing so again.

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Solved Re: Possibly hacked banner commercials on forum

Post by paf on April 19th 2011, 5:28 pm

@Base wrote:Hi, your forum has not been hacked. Instead, those are advertisements and you need to purchase credits in order to remove them. Wink

Thanks, Base, I'm aware of the puchase of credits to avoid commercials Wink I have done so thus far so it's the first time I really pay attention to them being there.

However, I noticed the url being "ad.z5x.net", googled it, and saw some rather suspicious articles, so I figured I would ask. Also, as shown in the image above, it's a "custom banner" incorporated in phpBB, not a "real" banner commercial as such, so I figured it originated from forumotion but was doubting whether it was indeed forumotions intention to show banners from ad.z5x.net.

@HaXBoX7 wrote:
Reccomend all your users to install the adblock plus application, Available for chrome, firefox and opera. For each ads they see, Right click and block any ads they see. So this will be concerned as spam eventually.

HaxBoX7, thanks for the useful answer Smile I will look into this an advise users of the forum.

Thank you for helping me solve this one.


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Solved Re: Possibly hacked banner commercials on forum

Post by Base on April 19th 2011, 5:29 pm

Okay, so is this problem completely solved?

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Solved Re: Possibly hacked banner commercials on forum

Post by paf on April 19th 2011, 5:30 pm

Yes

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Solved Re: Possibly hacked banner commercials on forum

Post by Base on April 19th 2011, 5:33 pm

Feel free to open up a new topic if you need any more help. Wink

>> Locked and marked as solved.

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