PCmag.com is one of the web sites that adds the unwanted pop-up “Recommended for you”, which sprung up vertically on the bottom right hand side of the screen as you scroll down the web page, only while browsing, so it could very well be malware. If I hovered over it, it displayed the web site it would redirect to me. Upon closing PCmag.com, the pop-up would go, but the moment I returned to PCmag, it would reappear.
Upon revisiting pcmag.com, I now get a prompt “IceDragon prevented this page from automatically reloading”, as if NoScript is still running, while disabled
While using NoScript, I found that “Recommended for you” stopped, so it must be a Script malware of some kind. Not only this, I reset the Hosts file to block malware that’s affected it. Now, when I disable NoScript (unlike yesterday), the Recommendations no longer appear on PCmag, so this and other undetected malware, if any of the latter, may now all be gone, but certainly the reset has reduced problems.
Also in NoScript, I encountered this earlier while visiting a web site, “A user name and password are being requested by https://gj37765.googlecode.com. The site says: “Google Code Subversion Repository”.
As spywareblockers411.com is listed as safe by Website Malware Scanner | Online Website Virus and Malware Scanner, AVG must have given a false positive, as it detected it as malware. It can get very confusing when scans differ on if a site is safe or dangerous to visit, so on that basis, for the time being, I’ll avoid the two Webuda pages (others safe) that Web Inspector regards safe to visit and AVG doesn’t.
What I have noticed is that, when I visit some web pages, About:Blank appears in the address bar prior to loading the web site links, while on most occasions, Comodo Ice Dragon or nothing at all appears prior to loading the links.
For some reason, this site is completely blank when I try to visit this page: http://blog.anvisoft.com/tag/recommended-for-you-popup-block/
I’ve tried Adblock Plus, but even they haven’t blocked out the Recommendations intrusion.
I don’t know how to find the list of installations that run at Startup to research them, but the only program I can think of, recollecting what I’ve installed to date, that had a bundle, including a Security Search toolbar was AVG. Some sites say this toolbar increases security while others say it can easily be removed without reducing protection alongside the remaining Linkscanner. I don’t think any of these installed programs push ads to the user.
I’ve tried a few anti-viruses and “all clear”, so this intrusion is not being detected by anti-virus or anti-malware software. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Spyware Blaster are the only programs I’ve had to date which have never detected any unwanted programs and the success of the other programs has been very variable.
I will be very happy to post a log generated by HijackThis here (thanks for the link), but as I’ve never done this before and am a novice user, can you and/or others please give me a link or step-by-step instructions on how I go about this and which section of Comodo’s forum I should list the contents of HijackThis’s scan? If, as I believe, I would need to manually remove some malware from my computer, I want to be extra careful, as I prefer to avoid the registry as a general rule, but on rare occasions, with careful and successfully safe operations, I’ve had to manually delete some stubborn malware that was detected but wasn’t removed, due to lingering around in the memory.
Hopefully, with the aid of Comodo Internet Suite, further malware can be blocked out before it arrives, which i believe CIS can do, which has a quirky Sandbox facility, which I like the sound of for automatically quarantining potential malware. As I’m in the UK, I can’t make use of GeekBuddy, but as I’ve never needed technical assistance from AVG since subscribing to their fee based version of anti-virus, I should be fine with Comodo’s equivalent, but with the addition of the anti-malware incorporated in it. Anything to guarantee or at least considerably increase the chances of detecting and blocking out malware and viruses, etc so my computer is clean to the optimum.
At present, I have a few different programs to block adware, spyware, malware and viruses, but am reviewing this so I can cut down over the next month to save having too many programs and to free up resources. Among them, SuperAntiSpyware is quite good, but it tends to hog up resources while in real time (I have a Free Trial) and on one occasion, it said it had found and quarantined automatically two pieces of malware. When I checked Quarantine, no sign of the malware and no removal of it, upon checking where it was located. Later that day, one of the two pieces of malware was found again, but this time it did go to Quarantine and I successfully removed it.
I don’t know if Blitzableiter or the add-on FlashGot would help, but for the time being, I’ll hold back on these.