We frequently experience bloggers posting to the WordPress.com support forums angrily reporting that there is advertising displaying on their blogs, despite the fact they have purchased No-Ads upgrades. Well, consider this post to be a wake-up call please, because what’s being reported is not advertising placed by WordPress.com; it’s adware that you need to remove.
All WordPress.com placed ads are easy to identify as this link accompanies them About these ads. There are no text link ads and there are no pop-up ads placed by WordPress.com. However, they can appear to you as the result of a browser add-on or toolbar, or as a result of downloading anything that has adware embedded into it. Do note that online shopping places and spaces are places that one can pick up contagion very easily.
Adware and malware are the most common forms of viruses. Try logging out, clearing your browser cache and cookies, disabling all browser add-ons and extensions, and then do a computer malware and virus scan. Then reboot your computer and try logging in again. View your blog and it’s unlikely that you will still see the advertising you saw before but if you do, then click the link in the quote below.
These days it’s important to be clued in. Some advertisers have gone into stealth mode and annoying unwanted adware is becoming ubiquitous. Advertising components are installed by some “shareware” products and there is now a proliferation of unwanted adware and malware, some if which can only be found with deep security scanners, that may be on your computer. – Bloggers: Beware of Adware
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free product you can download to help defend computers running Windows Vista and Windows 7 against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. In Windows 8, Windows Defender replaces Microsoft Security Essentials. Windows Defender runs in the background and notifies you when you need to take specific action. However, you can use it anytime to scan for malware if your computer isn’t working properly or you clicked a suspicious link online or in an email message.
Did you know that as of July 1st, 2014 Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) has announced and new approach to adware? When one of Microsoft’s products detects adware, it will immediately stop the program, the user will be alerted and recommended actions will be provided.
Did you know that Google’s security services for Android have expanded? Studies reveal that 99% of all mobile malware targets Android devices, mainly due to apps downloaded from non-official app stores.
Fortunately, my super cautious approach to downloading means I haven’t had to remove adware or malware from my computer or browser. Have you experienced downloading anything that has infected your browser or computer with adware or malware?