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Old 06-15-2013, 12:45 PM
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Default strange occurrances on site this morning

for about the past hour, when solving puzzles, the system won't let me change letters by just clicking on the box (space) and entering the new letter over the existing one---i now have to double-click to highlight the letter in the box, delete to clear the box, then enter the new letter. i have to go through the same process of highlighting in order to clear a box, too.

then, on my most recent puzzle solution page, in the space where the completed quote is shown under the stats, a couple of the words in the quote were in in blue with double underlines. hover your cursor over the blue, underlined words, and an ad pops up. now that's weird!

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Old 06-15-2013, 03:29 PM
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It sounds like your browser has had some sort of adware/malware installed on top of it which is surreptitiously inserting links in any content you view. I'd highly recommend you run some sort of antivirus program as soon as possible to get it removed.

I usually recommend http://www.malwarebytes.org/ - it's free and it's cleaned up my system on several occasions where Norton and others have failed.

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Old 06-15-2013, 03:43 PM
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I think I agree with Admin, wvwoman. I do not seem to be having any trouble with the site today.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:37 PM
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Default argh!

i am still trying to rid my computer of whatever malware is plaguing it/me---i have run two long, slow scans by my antivirus program to start, and have run malwarebytes, spybot and another whose name i can't recall at this moment, all to no avail.

i'm now advised to run a rootkit program---but that i have to be careful when removing things that are found, as they are not all bad things. well, how the he** am i supposed to know?!! i'm not a computer expert.

strangely, after each try at getting rid of it, everything seems good...i see no evidence of it anywhere (the words in blue with double underlines that show ads when cursor hovers over them) until i come back to this sight and solve one puzzle---then there they are!

before i start a "how did this happen--i'm so cautious" rant, if you have any advice, sock it to me. i'm mightily frustrated, and wonder what this malware is doing to my 'baby' (computer, lifeline, etc.).

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Old 06-18-2013, 10:44 PM
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Sorry to hear you're still having trouble!

What browser are you using? What I would do at this point would be to go into my browser settings and disable all plugins/add-ons (even the ones you think you can trust) to see if that has any effect. If it does, then re-enable all plugins/add-ons and disable them again one-by-one until you can pinpoint which one is causing the links to appear. That will be your culprit, and hopefully you can then remove/uninstall it manually.

Sometimes a "legitimate" add-on or plugin for your browser will sneakily start adding these links under the radar so that they don't trigger anti-virus programs right away.

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Old 06-18-2013, 11:44 PM
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i use firefox.
does it mean anything that all the ads say "tuvaro" at the top?
oh, now there are some that aren't tuvaro ads--they just say "post 5574."
this is so weird.
what kind of damage can this sucker do?
ok, i'm off to try what you have suggested.
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