Solved Strange Pop-up ads on web pages with highlighted words

July 8, 2013 at 13:22:06
Specs: xp pro, amd 64 2.2ghz 2gigram
Recently I've noticed hi-lighted underlined words that pop up suggested sites when I place the mouse over them at every site I visit. It didn't bother me too much at first but it is becoming quite annoying. How can I get rid of these "suggestion boxes".

in fact there's one at the bottom of this page

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July 8, 2013 at 15:25:19
Depending on the website, that's perfectly normal. Disabling pop-ups should take care of that.

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July 8, 2013 at 15:34:19
There are filters which should sort it if it still happens with pop-up blocker running.
Would need to know what browser you are using (IE, Firefox etc)?

See my #4

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July 8, 2013 at 15:39:28
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Are you referring to in-text advertising? Some websites do this annoying trick and some forms of malware do it too.

First thing's first, since you mentioned this site specifically, go to your account settings and disable them. It's the last checkbox on the list

Secondly, are you seeing them on all sorts of websites now? If so, could you give us a few examples so we can see if it's the site itself or if it may be malware? Whenever the thought of possible malware comes up, it's a good idea to do system scans for it. In addition to your real-time anti-malware program, I suggest installing both Malwarebytes Free and SuperAntispyware Free then update and run full system scans (not at the same time). Keep these programs on your computer for a multi-layered security approach and do at least Quick Scans weekly. They're on-demand scanners, which means that they only update and scan for malware when you tell them to.

When you hover over these advert text links, it likely gives you a website/search provider's name. Which does it display?

Lastly, I strongly suggest installing a good advert blocking plugin to your web browser like Adblock Plus, which is only available now on Firefox-based, Chrome-based, Opera, and Android web browsers. Once installed, subscribe to the 'EasyList" and let it update the list automatically. On the bottom of the Filter Subscribtions tab, un-check the box that would ordinarily allow some "non-intrusive" advertisements to display. If you're using another web browser, either let us know which one so we can help find alternatives, or consider switching.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.

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July 8, 2013 at 16:14:34
Further to my #2.

The filters I had in mind for Internet Explorer are from Easy List, which is the source for Firefox Adblock. However, I've checked and they are for IE9 and IE10 which will not run on XP.

There are convoluted ways to fix this using Hosts files etc but I agree with the advice given by others that an alternative browser is the simplest way forward. This is particulary important for XP because next April there will no longer be security updates for IE. The safest way would be to get used to another browser with adblock right now.

Here are two links to some information on making XP secure for the future:

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