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Windows 7: Annoying pop up ad

22 May 2019   #1
yankleber

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Annoying pop up ad

Since a couple days ago this annoying popup ad started to slide in from bottom right of my screen.
I am using Google Chrome browser.

I then did the usual:

1) Checked for some strange extension installed and found nothing;
2) Checked to see if ad-blocker was active and it is;
3) Ran Spybot to check if there was some adware and found nothing.

I use Avast and ZoneAlarm and both are up to date.

Any idea?


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22 May 2019   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Does it only show from a browser it can be something running at start of a schedule task
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22 May 2019   #3
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

two ideas:

1
within chrome, go to this address in the address bar:
chrome://settings/cleanup
press enter
click find

2
do start button > run > appwiz.cpl > press enter
click on "installed date" to sort by date
see if there are any programs recently installed that might be causing this, and uninstall them
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22 May 2019   #4
yankleber

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
Does it only show from a browser it can be something running at start of a schedule task
A couple minutes ago I was in Photoshop editing a photo and suddenly the pop-up slide into it, so I am not sure that it is a browser thing anymore. Maybe it's a Windows thing (browser was running but minimized)... Anyway, it's similar to the Facebook notifier - that by the way - is another annoying thing that appeared without I ask for.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
two ideas:

1
within chrome, go to this address in the address bar:
chrome://settings/cleanup
press enter
click find

2
do start button > run > appwiz.cpl > press enter
click on "installed date" to sort by date
see if there are any programs recently installed that might be causing this, and uninstall them
Thank you, I checked them both.

1) Chrome didn't find anything...
2) I found that on *May, 15* I have a new install of Chrome and Acrobat Reader DC. I suspect that they were automatic updates and that have nothing to do with the issue...

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22 May 2019   #5
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

could it be windows notifications? you turn them off with this
Notifications - Enable or Disable Message Balloons

maybe you could post a screenshot of what the next one or two looks like
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22 May 2019   #6
yankleber

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
could it be windows notifications? you turn them off with this
Notifications - Enable or Disable Message Balloons

maybe you could post a screenshot of what the next one or two looks like
I just tried it and it didn't work. I disabled (by enabling) pop up notifications, automatic promotion and advertisement. Here it goes a screenshot of those stupid pop-ups.

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22 May 2019   #7
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

Not sure what to make of the pic, but I bet by hitting the gear icon next to the X it will show some settings that could give a clue as to what this is.
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23 May 2019   #8
yankleber

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
Not sure what to make of the pic, but I bet by hitting the gear icon next to the X it will show some settings that could give a clue as to what this is.
So... I already had tried it but it didn't help too much as I didn't find any option to disable the nasty pop-up. Anyway, here it goes a screenshot!



Notes: If I move the lever where there is the text "Blocked" it will change to "Ask before sending (recommended)". Actually it was on this position and so I moved it to "Blocked". It didn't change anything.
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24 May 2019   #9
yankleber

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

OK, guys, I figured it out.

I had already been in the notifications page before to ensure that the url of the site from where these pop-ups were coming were in the block list. It was so I couldn't understand why it still was coming.

Anyway, today I checked it again but this time I scrolled a bit more down and... at the very bottom I found an "allowed list" (that I never had noticed before) with a single entry. Guess which one? Yup, the evil site!

So, it was in both lists (blocked and allowed) and the allowed was overriding the blocked. It was just to remove it from the allowed list and the damn thing stopped!

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24 May 2019   #10
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Don't understand why people love Chrome.
Loads on startup, it's memory resident, spy everything you do online and offline and has adds.
Chrome is rated at 6.5/10 in privacy and security

Firefox is rated as 9.5/10 and is much better.
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