= Spyware (and My ieSpell Problems are Fixed)

I wanted to post an update to the entry I posted on Thursday regarding and how their ads had been cropping up all over the place for me.

Duane Gordon left a comment on my post yesterday, telling me that it my system had actually been infected with spyware that was forcing these ads to be displayed – and that it didn’t have anything to do with the actual websites themselves. This made sense as it would seem odd (though, not implausible) for those ads to just slip into all these sites. So, I ran the free version of Lavasoft Ad-Aware last night and I haven’t seen the ads since. That must have been it. I’ve noticed that some people are finding this site by searching for or admedia365. I’m guessing this means a fair few people have been infected. Hopefully this post will help them to realize this and get it cleared up.

This also had the side benefit of fixing my issues with ieSpell. Whatever happened to my computer, it would seem to have been caused by some sort of junk that found it’s way onto my computer. Glad to have ieSpell functioning correctly again.

Thanks to Mr. Gordon for pointing this out to me.

Patrick O'Keefe

Managing online communities since 2000, I publish a collective of websites known as the iFroggy Network. I wrote the book Managing Online Forums and, as a public speaker, have presented for organizations like CNN, institutions like Australian National University and conferences like SXSW. More about me.


Kevin Laufer

about 15 years ago

Thank you very much for your blog! I started seeing ads in google adword spaces and on yahoo spaces when I used internet explorer. When I used firefox, I did not see the ads anymore. When I googled the name last week, nothing came up. This week, your blog popped up on the grid. I downloaded Lavasoft's free Ad-Aware after reading your blog. That seems to have done the trick. Weird that my Symantec Anti-Virus software didn't find it...wonder if it is new. Anyway - thanks a bunch!



about 15 years ago

Hey Mr. Laufer, Thank you for your comment. I'd glad to hear it! No problem. Yeah, I run Windows Live OneCare, myself. Must be new, I guess. Patrick



about 15 years ago

Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!



about 15 years ago

I'm another victimof this spyware. My first thought was, BLOODY HELL @#$%spyware. It also opens up other windows in the back ground.


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