Solved What causes unexpected sound bytes?

January 11, 2018 at 07:47:23
Specs: Windows 10, 8 GB
I land on a web page such as my Yahoo Mail account. Suddenly I hear a sound byte. I check to see whether another Internet window might have opened. There is none.
Or, while my laptop is idling with its screen turned off, I hear a sound snippet.
What causes this, and is it possible to stop (other than to mute the speakers)?
Thanks

howagood


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January 12, 2018 at 09:17:56
FWIW, I'd throw Adblock Plus in with the Chrome browser and start blocking stuff:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."



#1
January 11, 2018 at 09:14:22
What are the sound snippets or bites you are hearing? It could come from one of a million different programs or websites, or even event sounds from the Windows OS.

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January 11, 2018 at 10:22:34
Hey THX 1138! I believe the sound bytes I'm experiencing are audio tracks of advertisements. But they never play to completion, nor do they seem to be synced to any ads I see on the screen. Guess I'll take the easy way out and just mute to volume.

howagood


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January 11, 2018 at 12:55:21
Don't give up yet, try some troubleshooting steps first.

Do you have any browsers open when it happens? You might also scan for virii and malware.
Go to Malwarebye's website and download their software. Run it and see if it finds anything. Download the free version.

https://www.malwarebytes.com/


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#4
January 11, 2018 at 13:10:54
I scanned with MalwareBytes Free. Zero threats found. Not surprised. Maybe this is some new tactic to force audio ads onto those whose systems are vulnerable? You don't need to be looking at the screen to hear these ads. Who in their right mind would purchase anything from an ad that was forced into their laptop/PC/tablet?
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howagood


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January 11, 2018 at 14:06:03
Do you have any browsers or programs open when you hear the ads?

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January 11, 2018 at 14:27:00
Yes. I am certain these sound snippets are coming through my browser (Chrome).

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January 12, 2018 at 08:52:33
It's probably a site you are visiting. Try this. launch Chrome but stay on Google's home page or a page where you know there is no audio. Stay there for a while and see if you hear anything.

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January 12, 2018 at 09:17:56
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FWIW, I'd throw Adblock Plus in with the Chrome browser and start blocking stuff:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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January 18, 2018 at 14:54:57
Thanks, T-R-A. I'll try that tomorrow. In the meantime, with several windows of Chrome Browser open, including Yahoo Mail, I distinctly heard, "With Direct TV you..." <cuts off>. Incidentally, I also receive unsolicited phone calls from Direct TV. Fortunately, with NoMoRobo my phone only rings once, then disconnects the caller because it is a robo-dialer.

howagood


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January 18, 2018 at 15:59:58
Okay, T-R-A. Adblock has been installed for over an hour now, and no sound snippets have been heard since. I know Adblock is working because I am no longer seeing the text ads along the right edge of the Yahoo Mail screen.
Many thanks.

howagood


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January 18, 2018 at 17:57:23
You're welcome. When you get used to it, there's an entire list of things you may want to block---just remember that some sites are watching for adblocking software, and want you to "whitelist" them. Remember that decision is up to you...not them...

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