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13 January 2015

Weird NYtimes links. Why suddenly have ordinary words on this page become highlighted and underscored and link to NYtimes articles? For example, in the first sentence at the top there, "informal," "touch," "base," and "post" have all turned blue and link to stupid things on What gives?
Actually it isn't just nytimes, it's other stupid stuff too.
posted by JanetLand 13 January | 19:30
It's malware, JanetLand. Do you have CCleaner and Malwarebytes installed? If not, download both (free version is fine) and run them. You've got some virus junk on your system that is doing this. Been there, hated that, but it's pretty easy to fix.
posted by Miko 13 January | 21:45
I have now downloaded and run both, but the stupid problem persists. I hate the internet.
posted by JanetLand 13 January | 22:46
Can you take a screenshot? There are different versions of this problem and there's a chance of diagnosing it by the way the underlined words look (color, any arrows, etc)
posted by Miko 14 January | 00:14
I've got one more for you to download and try - Ad-Aware. This one specializes in adware which is what does the underlining.

Even if you get this junk off your computer, it's still a good thing to have these programs as you'd need them in case of a future attack.

Another way you can go about this is to manually uninstall the programs that have auto-installed themselves, usually piggybacking on a download you did want, or hiding in some stupid website you accidentally clicked. The only thing about this method is that sometimes these programs leave traces in other parts of your system that uninstalling can't fully remove. Still it may bring things under control for you. But try Ad-Aware first.

Remove underlined words pop-up ads

Remove Green Double Underlined Links

posted by Miko 14 January | 00:20
It might just be a browser extension gone wild. I would start with disabling all extensions in your browser to see if the problem persists. I have thought malware a ton of times when it was just that some dodgy add-on got installed in Firefox or Chrome.
posted by johnpowell 14 January | 04:12
It is an add-on but it's adware. You can disable your add-ons but then you can't use even the ones you like - so you really have to uninstall the adware, and ideally scrub your registry, etc., to get rid of all of it.
posted by Miko 14 January | 09:05
It's difficult to get rid of. But possible. I've done it but no longer remember what it was that worked. Possibly something from Deezil's profile.
posted by Obscure Reference 14 January | 11:00
My co-worker that that in Chrome and it turned out to be an extension that had gotten installed somehow.
posted by octothorpe 15 January | 20:37
How's it going?
posted by Miko 15 January | 23:56
Not much luck with the malware scrubbing software. I bought a new computer instead.

Okay, not really. I did buy a new computer, but not for that reason. :) But I think I'm gonna go Linux on the new machine.
posted by JanetLand 16 January | 08:27
What OS and what browser are you using?
posted by Senyar 16 January | 16:09
Here's a thread on the issue that might help.
posted by Senyar 16 January | 16:12
I bought a new computer instead.

That'll teach 'em!

I've never run Linux but it seems like it could entail a fair amount of work just raw. What about going right to Ubuntu? Supposed to be pretty friendly. Still looks like Firefox is the browser, so you might get browser hijackers and unwanted add-ons still from time to time. I really don't know.
posted by Miko 16 January | 22:39
I have a Linux guru on call, so I think it'll be okay.

Sometimes it seems to me I don't even need a computer in the house at all. I can check my email on my kindle, and other things like banking and bits of shopping I can do on my lunch hour at work. Interesting thought.
posted by JanetLand 17 January | 09:34
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