Some posts (ncluding one of mine) seem to have unintentional spam popping up.

Discussion in 'Board Business' started by Jot the Dot Dot, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. Jot the Dot Dot

    Jot the Dot Dot Headstrong Buzzard

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    I saw this first when I clicked onto the thread about that creative video short featuring Sasha Cohen: My ending of a sentance with the word 'camera' immediately followed by a period had mysteriously turned into a link to "Positions Wanted". Wondering if this was some fluke, I editd it to include a space between the last word and the period, which seemed to work. I saw a subsequent post by someone else with the same occurence: An otherwise innocuous word became a post for "Coupon Deal" or something. When I saw the same oddity come up 4 times in the thread about the Boston Marathon horror in separate posts by different people, I thought I'd inquire about it. I know that there are message boards where the prefix http:// automatically turns it into a link, but I had not done that in this case. One of those computor snafus? And is anyone else reporting this happenning?
     
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  2. Prancer

    Prancer Jawwalking Staff Member

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    This pops up every now and then.

    You either a) have a virus or (more likely) b) downloaded a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP).

    First run a full virus scan, just to be sure that you don't have a virus.

    If that's clean, you have to hunt down the PUP. A PUP is a program that rides in on other programs; it isn't a virus because you have (unwittingly) agreed to the download. Virus scans do not identify PUPs.

    It's hard to give instructions for removing it without knowing your browser, but here's a start: http://forums.anvisoft.com/viewtopic-51-3013-0.html