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Old 08-29-2015, 03:57 PM
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Hello Will, Elena and Everyone,

Yes, I have noticed this and it's driving me even crazier than I already am. So much so that I've been trying to do a bit of research looking for a solution.

My antivirus software failed to find anything untoward, Malwarebytes similarly found no infection, I can see no "rogue" programs in my program list in Control Panel and the irritating pop-ups still were there after I'd deleted all my cookies and also run CCleaner.

A bit of searching on the internet then suggested that the cause is a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) which is probably fairly harmless but nonetheless very annoying and extremely difficult to remove. There are many suggestions about downloading software to "clean up" the problem but I suspect that many of those programs may be infected with viruses and spyware themselves and therefore might cause more trouble than they cure.

But the simplest solution I have found (and it so far seems to be working for me) is this:

Hover over the "rogue" highlighted word and a box pops us - in my case, as in Will's, the box always appears to have a photo of an aeroplane. Now, in the top left of that box there are a couple of icons which light up as you pass the mouse pointer over them. Click on one or other of those and a new tab or window opens up with details all about this wonderful advertising feature. Scroll down a little on that page and you will see a row of tabs - click on "Disable" and you will then be taken to a page where you can opt to disable these pop-up advertisements. For me it so far appears to have worked. However, the instructions on that last page state that if you delete your cookies, the pop-ups will begin all over again. Let's wait and see!

I hope that this is of some help but if anyone more computer savvy than me (and that must be most TE members) has a better solution, then I'd love to hear it.

Kind Regards,

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