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issueid=1008 11-14-2012 02:58 AM
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Annoying popups

So, is this a new O-F thing, or do I need to scan my computer?

Looking at my screenshot, I guess it doesn't clearly show that random words are showing up as links, in this case the word, "Install", but the links are to advertisements.
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11-14-2012 09:41 AM
orb orb is offline
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You need to scan your computer.

Here's how that thread and post looks for me, i.e. no links or pop-ups in there:
11-15-2012 12:10 AM
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Thanks orb!

I guess I need something besides Malwarebytes since scanning with it came up with nothing.

Again, thanks!
11-15-2012 12:21 AM
Addon Developer
Aedar: Could be the work of a browser plug-in. I see that you use Firefox. Try disabling all the plug-ins and then enabling them one-by-one until the problem reappears.
11-15-2012 01:55 AM
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Well, it's definitely something with Firefox. Interestingly, if I disable all the plug-ins by running Firefox in safe mode, the problem goes away. However, if I manually disable all the plug-ins, it seems to have no effect.

So I need to figure out what else safe mode does in addition to disabling the plug-ins.

Thanks DaveS!
11-15-2012 01:22 PM
orb orb is offline
O-F Administrator
Originally Posted by Aeadar
 So I need to figure out what else safe mode does in addition to disabling the plug-ins.
Safe Mode is a debugging startup mode available in Firefox, Thunderbird, and SeaMonkey 2, where all added extensions are disabled, the default theme is used, and default localstore settings (toolbar settings and controls) are used. Safe Mode also disables hardware acceleration, the Just-in-time (JIT) JavaScript compiler, and any changes made via userContent.css and userChrome.css. Any changes made to preference settings remain in effect in Safe Mode, however, and all available plugins are used.

Safe Mode in Firefox and SeaMonkey 2 also includes a number of troubleshooting options that allow you to make changes upon browser restart, such as disabling all add-ons or resetting preferences.
11-15-2012 05:54 PM
Hi Aeadar,
by looking at the screenshot you've posted I would say that one of your many tool-bars is giving you the advertisments...
Many toolbars are advertisment-financed, so I would guess it's one of those.
11-16-2012 12:58 AM
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Ok. It seems to have something to do with the Shockwave Flash 11.4.402.287 plug-in.

And also apparently Shockwave Flash 11.5.502.110 as well.
11-16-2012 03:59 AM
Tex Tex is offline
O-F Administrator
I can't remember if it was flash or java, but anytime it updates, I have to look and make sure the option to install some crap toolbar is not checked. They usually check it by default and they often do come with adverts.
11-16-2012 05:12 PM
I think Shockwave asks to install a toolbar. Here's a fairly old-looking version of the installer:

With "pop-up blocker"... Hmmm...

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