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Solved: Internet Spyware Question

Discussion in 'General Security' started by sleisysoft, Jan 18, 2010.

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  1. sleisysoft

    sleisysoft Thread Starter

    Jan 18, 2010
    Firstly, I apologize if this is the wrong place to ask. My question is about something that causes me panic every time. Some websites have it and some don't, and it's more common to be found on forums like this, and sometimes even blogs. Surely you have all seen certain words and phrases on a website get turned into clickable links and when you hover the mouse over them, a box pops up as an advertisement.

    Everytime I get a new computer and I always see these things right away and begin to panic thinking I just somehow infected my computer with spyware, even though running Ad-aware, Spybot S&D, Norton, AntiVir Avira, and CCleaner detects no threats, but we all know how there are many situations where things hide themselves and can't be found by even the best.

    Computer security is actually one of my weak areas, so this has always had me wondering in panic, is this actually caused by spyware or is it built into the websites that it is found on?

    As an example, here is a screenshot:

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  3. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

    Jan 29, 2006
    I'm pretty sure they are just links to adverts / other sites. Personally I never click on them though!

    Do you use WOT (website of trust) which shows how reliable a multitude of other users consider the site 'hosting' those ads / links.


  4. bp936


    Oct 13, 2003
    Welcome to TSG
    You seem to have enough protection. Never click on anything you didn't asked for, Close it with the X or ignore it.
    On the other hand, many sites use Advertisement to make money for their servers.

    I just don't click on pop-ups.
  5. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

    Mar 9, 2009
    You can also use link scanners like Dr.Web LinkChecker. It will give you an option to scan links from a right-click context menu in Internet Explorer, Firefox or Opera.
  6. sleisysoft

    sleisysoft Thread Starter

    Jan 18, 2010
    Thanks for the information folks. No, I don't ever click on them and I just ignore them. I was just wanting to get the answer to my long time curiosity. I kind of figured they were just part of the website advertisement system, but I just wasn't 100% sure and seeing them more and more than I'd used to, it had started worrying me that maybe it's spyware or something hijacking my browsing. But thank you for assuring me that it's not.
  7. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

    Aug 27, 2003
    Those are ads that are used here at TSG when hovering over certain words but you only see them when you're not logged in. :)
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