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Windows 7: Bad Ads on Yahoo Infected Thousands of Users With Malware

05 Jan 2014   #1

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Bad Ads on Yahoo Infected Thousands of Users With Malware

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Thousands of users who visited Yahoo's Web site over the past week were infected with malware, researchers have found. The malware was delivered via malicious advertisements that appeared on the site.

Yahoo confirmed the infection, but said it has already been removed. "At Yahoo, we take the safety and privacy of our users seriously. On Friday, January 3 on our European sites, we served some advertisements that did not meet our editorial guidelines, specifically they spread malware. We promptly removed these advertisements. Users in North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America were not served these advertisements and were not affected. Additionally, users using Macs and mobile devices were not affected," the company said in an email.
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05 Jan 2014   #2

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Why didn't Yahoo check those advertisement before they allowed them on there Website?
Looks like one of those day late and dollar short methods.
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05 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Yahoo has always been lax in there ad space security. Most of the time it's just a link to the buyer's site so it could contain anything. That's why I don't Yahoo anything and haven't for years. It's blocked in my hosts file. Google is the same way. I can do a search but most everything for them is blocked too. I don't allow domain changes off a site so that helps too.
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05 Jan 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

It is inevitable that this will keep occurring.

The idiots keep modified their website (adding more scripts to their site).
The majority of these scripts seem to be only required to load more scripts.

IMO, it is a scumbag attempt to try to force users to disable script blockers.
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05 Jan 2014   #5

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Yeah, that's the thing. A lot of sites don't work for me but I could care less. If it doesn't work, I go somewhere else. I was looking for a router table the other day. A lot of sites I went to seemed bogus or didn't work. I ended up running down to Home Depot to get one. CCleaner is your friend after a few hours of searching.

The Gig-o-bites, err....ah.... Gigabytes site is one that must be full of scripts. I can never navigate around that site except from the header. No matter, I would never buy from them anyway.
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05 Jan 2014   #6

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

This is why I like to go on ad free websites if possible....
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07 Jan 2014   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Yikes. I know they've removed the bad ads since then, but I think I'll avoid visiting Yahoo pages in the future. I only tended to look at some of their answer pages, anyway.
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08 Jan 2014   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. (On both machines)
 
 

This happens with Yahoo every so often. A similar thing happened to me years ago, so now whenever I see Yahoo! I say Yahboosuckstoyou! and get the **** outa there. Yahoo's problem is that it was relevant and competitive once, but lost it big time, has been playing catch up ever since, using whatever methods it can..
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08 Jan 2014   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bertison View Post
Yahoo's problem is that it was relevant and competitive once, but lost it big time, has been playing catch up ever since, using whatever methods it can..
The trouble is their chosen method is to constantly change everything!

They regularly modify the email site and every "improvement" makes it harder to use.
Each time they do it, the Calendar breaks (reminders are still listed, but they stop working and have to be recreated).

I suppose they are trying to suck up to phone/tablet users.
God only knows how they are supposed to use it, since it is unnecessarily difficult to use with a desktop PC with a widescreen monitor.

Years ago they changed the email site from standard HTML form elements to JavaScript (or something else).
As a result, the browser form helpers/history hasn't worked since.

The latest version is so bad, the login page can't even display user names in Windows + FF (I never allow Windows to remember my email passwords).
It works ~50% of the time in Linux + FF.
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