Photos file infected with Unity ads. Help!


  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #1

    Photos file infected with Unity ads. Help!


    Have just started using 'photos' on new computer. There are bunches of those little unity ad videos in every monthly folder. Not sure how to eliminate them. I took my samsung galaxy 3 tablet off line, as that's the only place I've seen them. Afraid they got into my desktop from there.
    Can't seem to find anything about cleaning this up on a general net search.
    Thanks Folks, Kathy in Maine
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 24,167
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 2004
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    Hi Kathy. Welcome to the TenForums @sadiehorse

    I assume Photos is the Windows 10 app or is Google Photos

    How did you pictures get from your Samsung to your computer. Did you manual copy pictures off, did a mass import, came with Google Photos?

    Do you see these files if you browse your Picture library on your HDD/SSD?

    Do they have a specific file extension that could be searched for mass deletion?


    Ken
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hi C.K.! - Yes, using Windows 10 photos. I assume these came from the old Galaxy 3 that I play solitaire on. It's the only place I've seen them, so they must have somehow wifi'd over my home system. I was so dismayed by this that I banished the samsung from going online. It also seemed prone to download apps from Google that I had no interest in.
    I don't know what HDD/SSD is. Will google it! Can't remember a specific extension, but did go into the pictures file and selected those ads one by one & deleted them all. They were all recent, since I got this computer. The photos I downloaded by USB stick from the old Mac are not corrupted except the dates are all mixed up and not all the ones I selected got imported. Kinda disappointed in this move to Windows. All kinds of games came with it that I can't seem to get rid of. Just not navigating very well yet, I guess. K
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  4. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 24,167
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 2004
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    Watch the date field in Windows on File explorer. There is Date, Date Created, Date Modified all being different. Right right on a heading and you can see all the choices.

    Ads don't generally move by Wifi, not that I have seen. Some sort of Sync must have move them.

    HDD / SDD - Hard Drive Disk or Solid State Disk - sounds like you already erased them so you must have found them.

    I don't use the import functions, very old school, I copy photos into folders of my choice. Very strange that import would not import. I guess you copied in manually.
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  5. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS Catalina
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    You have the Unity Web Player installed. Run through these steps to clean your computer. Read Run Me First Malware Removal Guide (incl. Spyware, Virus, Trojan, Hijacker) | MajorGeeks.Com Support Forums
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  6. Penny K's Avatar
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    W10 1809
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    "prone to download apps from Google that I had no interest in"
    You tablet is infected, you are best to do a fresh reinstall of the operating system.
    You are however, on a system that goes back to a release date of May 2012, and an OS of Android 4.2
    This old OS is vulnerable to attacks and should be used without going onto the internet or installing cracked apps.
    You can run Avast! Android to help mitigate the risk of being online. Free Android Antivirus App | Avast Mobile Security

    Factory data reset: Reset settings to the factory default values and delete all data (DO NOT BACKUP YOUR DATA, DO NOT AUTOMATIC RESTORE, IT MAY REINSTALL YOUR PROBLEM).
    http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/co...1.2_130723.pdf

    Tablet or phone, same process.
    Samsung Galaxy S3 - How to perform a factory data reset : all 3 methods - YouTube

    If you transfer the photo folder back to the tablet you may reinstall the problem again.
    Transfer individual pictures only, and no other extensions or apps that may be in the folder.


    What is Unity Web Player?

    Unity Web Player is a free application developed by Unity Technologies ApS company that claims that this tool “enables you to view blazing 3D content created with Unity directly in your browser, and autoupdates as necessary. Unity allows you to build rich 3D games with animated characters, sizzling graphics, immersive physics. Then you can deliver the games to the web or as standalone players.” Unfortunately, but the fact that Unity Web Player is ad-supported and can make people torture inconvenient browsing once it is installed is glossed over.

    In reality, it may inject a plug-in on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and install itself on Windows startup (for automatic log on). Since it’s a genuine adware, right after that it may fill websites that you visit with commercial advertisements (banners, in-text links, pop-ups, etc.) that offer you to visit various third-party websites for deals, discounts, and similar things. Unfortunate, but Unity Web Player ads are not reliable and should not be clicked on due to a high-risk of exposing your computer to unreliable or even unsafe third-party websites.
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