Chrome and Chromium Play Unwanted Audio Ads

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Dec 23, 2012
Hi, I saw a closed thread that never got to the bottom of this. Its really getting on my nerves. I have been using Chrome for quite a long time. About 2 months ago, I converted from Windows to Linux Mint KDE. I am currently running a Toshiba Satellite C655 and an Acer One D255E with Synergy connecting the two. I recently started an iMarketing business focusing on mobile smartphone apps but I also handle all other types of internet marketing for local businesses in my state. I use many Google services and Chrome is what I would prefer to use since it integrates so well with it all. About a week ago I started hearing what sounded like an infomercial playing some story about ADHD. I pretty quickly figured out that it was happening when I used Chrome. Even before that, I have been having to use Firefox because Chrome kept running ridiculously slow and causing my whole system to run slow. Even though I am now using Linux which isn't teaming with viruses and malware like Windows, I figured maybe I installed something I shouldn't have somewhere along the line. Well I just converted the Acer from Win 7 to Mint 14 yesterday, went to install Chrome but found out that the software repository has Chromium not Chrome. The C655 has regular Chrome which I just remembered I downloaded from Google. When I installed Chromium, I was hoping it didn't act stupid like Chrome does and slowpoke my computer. Seemed like it was doing ok until I just started getting the audio commercials. So, now that we have gone through my recent history...while googling a solution for this problem which eventually led me to you...I found out that it is or has to do with the Adobe Flash plug-in. This is how it goes: I start Chrome...after anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds it starts playing an infomercial, I kill the plugin with chrome task starts back up. I disabled the plugin. It starts back up even though plugin is labeled "disabled" Other people are having this problem all over. Could this be some hidden program that is activating flash and doing this? It is doing it on both laptops, one has a fresh install of Linux Mint 14 KDE...from yesterday, and its doing it. Could Adobe be partnering with spammers? Whats the deal here? The funny thing is, the ads I heard aren't trying to get me to buy anything, don't tell me to go to a website, the just tell some stupid story like its a news brief on NPR. After seeing your extensive knowledge, I figure if anyone can get to the bottom of this it would be you. I didn't run the SysInfo thing, I will if you need it but it seems to be initiated by something from the outside. PLEASE find out the deal with this, I really need this to work right, I am in a serious situation financially right now, I ran all the way out of money starting this business. Got my first client the day after. I don't have time to be reorganizing all the things that were already set up and working for me.



Retired Moderator Retired Malware Specialist
Dec 14, 2002
we can't help with any malware related things on Linux, in this forum
all of our tools etc are geared to windows.

All I can suggest in uninstall chrome and use an alternative browser, or at least check which extensions chrome has installed and disable them.

Moving this to Linux forum where somebody more experienced with Linux might have some ideas.

I can tell you that windows users also suffer from hidden extensions in chrome that are almost impossible to find & remove

The only likely cure is going to be uninstall chrome, make sure you take the option to remove all user data.
first make sure that you are not set up to sync chrome with your google account, if you are, set it to stop sync first ( otherwise the backups on your google account will reinstall the malware).
Then reboot & reinstall chrome

I have not previously heard of any Linux based MBR rootkits, that will affect you in the same way that windows is infected by them, but that is a possibility

I don't know how to replace MBR in Linux, but no doubt somebody does
Jan 17, 2007
Try adding these Chrome/Chromium extensions from the Chrome/Chromium shop
1) Adblock
2) Adblock Plus
3) Better Pop Up Blocker

Watch the Icon for Better Pop Up Blocker. Sometimes you need to Allow a particular site (left click and you will see options) when it flashes.
Apr 23, 2004
Ditto what arochester days... I use Adblock Plus for Firefox and Chrome, and rarely see ads. If I do, I just tell AB+ to block them.
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