Is it my computer or the forums?

acraftyladyDecember 2, 2012

Ok in the last week or so when I read posts here or any of the gardenwebs forums I see some words underlined in green, not every single post or response. When you hover over the green link it's all the same add. A few days ago it was a different add. Is it supposd to be like this? I scan with malewarebytes regularly and nothing found and my antivirus security package is always up to date and computer is other wise fine. Outside of gardenweb on other forums I don't see this at all. Mary

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Yes, it is advertising and makes you pay attention to where the mouse pointer is. This is not unique to Gardenweb either.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 7:03PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

They have the directions on how to opt out of those on the site just look for it. At the bottom it says click here to learn about in text links.

If you use firefox with ad block plus and easylist subscription You won't see any ads including those.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 7:10PM
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Ok thank you. I was worried because it just started and the only other time I have seen this was on a friends computer infected with spyware on a forum that was not supposed to have underlined adds like this so my first thought was spyware. I admit I hadn't looked on the desktop to see if it was doing the same thing stupid me. Mary

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 7:13PM
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Ok I see this has been around since 2010 but this is the first time I have seen it on my computer. Using windows 7 with IE9 on both computers. Will see how to opt out. I was just worried it was spyware so good to know it's not. Mary

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 7:20PM
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Well I went to the link at the bottom of the page and it says it's disabled but I am still seeing the green links. This just started a few weeks ago that these popped up and I had never been to that site before to enable them or anything so very strange. It's the same on the desktop too and nothing was touched ever concerning disabling or enabling the green links. Mary

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 9:29PM
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Opt out would give you a cookie, so every time you cleared your browser catch..or ran something like ccleaner... that advertising method would return as you have probably deleted the cookie too.

You need an advertising blocker program or modify your host file or perhaps add it to the denied site list in your browser.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 9:54PM
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Ok but what all of a sudden could have caused the green links to start when they were never there before and I didn't mess with anything? In reading I see the advertising links started in 2010 but I never had them until a week or so ago. Am using the same browser I always have IE9 and my browser is set to clear the cache every time I close it, always has been like that. My pop up blocker in IE is turned off too. I am sure I would have noticed the green links way before this so don't think I am going crazy and sure they just appeared but one never knows, he he. Mary

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 10:18PM
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Richard (chuggerguy)

Since you're using IE9 you might try the "EasyPrivacy Tracking Protection List" from here:

It may or may not help with the context advertising, I don't know for sure.

I hadn't seen one in a very long time and suddenly saw one the other day. I suppose somebody changed... something somewhere?

It was here and looked(and still does) like this:

It doesn't "pop-up" though.

And I haven't seen one since, not even the one you see. Strange. :)

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 10:45PM
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Ok the photo you show of computer in green I don't see a pop up when I hover over that in the thread but scroll down the page in that post to the next word highlighted in green and then I see a pop up there and another post down that has green highlighting has a pop up. Mary

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 11:05PM
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Richard (chuggerguy)

Yeah, I see that one when I turn off my Adblocker. Only when I turn it off though.

I'd think the IE tracking protection list would stop it.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 11:14PM
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Ok as long as I am not going crazy, he he. Will try your suggestion and see but have to wonder what suddenly turned this on. I don't care of the site has to have ads, understand that. Just was making sure I didn't have spyware. Mary

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 11:17PM
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