Windows 10: Sick of ads

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  1. Barman58's Avatar
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       29 Dec 2017 #11

    What security do you have on this system? The ad you show looks like it may not be anything to do with Windows or Microsoft.

    A lot of companies on the internet are not averse to loading "extras" onto your system when you download that "Must Have" tool or other program. Many of these will tie into the operating system and feed you ads that you do not need or want

    a scan with something like Adaware might find and remove the infection I think you may have
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  2. essenbe's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider
       29 Dec 2017 #12

    That AD looks like something from Softronic. Most likely something you downloaded from there.
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  3.    29 Dec 2017 #13

    Exactly. I've pretty much quit using Softronic because of the pop ups and misdirection there. Really went downhill imho. Agree with Barman58 about the Adaware. It should help. No offense, but be more careful when at Softronic these days.
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    Ubuntu 18.04, win 8.1 pro
       29 Dec 2017 #14

    xpac5896 said: View Post
    I've already turned off Cortana but haven't restarted the puter yet, will do so after posting.
    Of course you should restart, it does not seems like a typical cortana add though.
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  5. Layback Bear's Avatar
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    Windows 7/64 Professional
       29 Dec 2017 #15

    Some suggestions.

    Stop using Softronic.

    Four programs I use with success. These programs should remove your 'ad' garbage.

    1. AdwCleaner by Malwarebytes.
    2. Malwarebytes anti malware.
    3. Eset free Online scanner.
    4. Super Anti Spyware.

    Malwarebytes | AdwCleaner

    Malwarebytes | Free Anti-Malware & Malware Removal

    Free Virus Scan | Online Virus Scan from ESET ESET

    SUPERAntiSpyware Download

    Back when dinosaurs were wearing short pants 'Cnet' was a good place to get downloads and then they went to hell in a hand basket.
    I don't know what they are like now for downloads because I haven't used them in years.

    Last edited by Layback Bear; 29 Dec 2017 at 14:01.
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  6. Ztruker's Avatar
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       29 Dec 2017 #16

    CNET is still the king of bundled software, avoid at all costs.
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  7. Barman58's Avatar
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       29 Dec 2017 #17

    Where possible only get software from the manufacturer's site, these days even this can result in issues with unwanted software, so you should check everything
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  8.    29 Dec 2017 #18

    The screen shot looks like a Chrome or Firefox push notification.
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  9. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       29 Dec 2017 #19

    Edwin said: View Post
    The screen shot looks like a Chrome or Firefox push notification.
    Yes it does, Edwin. Pop-ups of permitted notifications.
    @xpac5896, at the upper left of the address bar in your browser, click the information icon and see if you have any specific granted permissions for sites that are causing issues, and turn them off.

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    Also, in Firefox options (Don't know the equivalent in Chrome/Edge or others), check in the Options/Privacy and Security to see if any domains have blanket permission to push notifications out to you. Adjust as needed.

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  10.    29 Dec 2017 #20

    Ztruker said: View Post
    CNET is still the king of bundled software, avoid at all costs.
    I agree. I wanted to download IranView but there stupid site kept linking me to Cnet download for the 64-bit version. I then found it on

    Welcome IrfanView (64-bit) users
    No thanks.

    Download IrfanView 64 Bit - MajorGeeks
    No crapware.
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