OT: Potential AdWare, Malware, Virus from MGoBlog?

Submitted by BigTex on October 16th, 2014 at 1:06 PM

I have been getting a lot of Adware recently when visiting the blog.  I have switched between Firefox, Chrome and IE to see if it was one browser or another.  I haven't noticed it with most other pages I go to, but I do get a lot of pop up ads (not the standard sidebar/banner ads) when clicking on some of the diary and board posts here.

To be clear, I'm not savvy enough to know how and where this stuff comes from, but I am just wondering if anyone else is experiencing the same issues.

I've been struggling to get rid of the culprit(s) as well, so any legit recommendations are certainly appreciated and welcomed.

EDIT: I do actively run virus protection (MS Essentials) and Malware protection (Malwarebytes Premium).

BigTex 

Comments

Blargen

October 16th, 2014 at 1:13 PM ^

I've never had any issues off this site, and I keep my computer scanned regularly.  I'd recommend doing an online scan from Trend Micro, I've used them constantly when I need peice of mind.  Its free and all you need to do is sit and wait for it to complete.   

BigTex

October 16th, 2014 at 2:28 PM ^

...I ran the scan from TrendMicro and it found nothing.  Yet the problems persist.  I have a feeling there is some obvious step(s) I am overlooking to fix this (buying a Mac doesn't count), but this is getting frustrating.

Soulfire21

October 16th, 2014 at 1:14 PM ^

Been using the blog for years, and have never had an issue I can trace to MGoBlog.  I use a Mac though and people (so far) tend to not make viruses for Macbooks, at least not yet.

xxxxNateDaGreat

October 16th, 2014 at 1:19 PM ^

Use Malwarebytes to get rid of adware, spyware, what not...

As for whether or not the site is the source of these, I have no clue but I would doubt it. I've never had any issue with pop ups or ads.

formerlyanonymous

October 16th, 2014 at 1:20 PM ^

Brian's had issues in the past with ad scripts causing malware to spread through the site.  Send him a description of what you noticed in an email.  It may end up being nothing on his end, but he'll probably be interested to know.

Also, while I like the blog and want it to continue through ad revenue among other things, AdBlock extension is a great, great thing. 

BlueFish

October 16th, 2014 at 2:13 PM ^

My former employer blocked MGoBlog about a year before I left (~2011).  I never knew if it was a security-related thing, or because they noticed that a network user was accessing a non-work related website several times a day.

It goes without saying, that contributed to my search for a new job.

UofM-StL

October 16th, 2014 at 2:58 PM ^

To reiterate what other above have said, using AdBlock on sites like this that you frequently visit and want to support is a BAD idea. MGoBlog needs money, and they get money from you being slightly inconvenienced by looking at ads.

As for your popups, it's unlikely that the site itself is the cause. All the ads on here are Google Ads, and if Google Ads are suddenly causing malware issues, the whole Internet is in serious trouble. I see Brian has already responded that he'll look into it, but I doubt there's anything wrong with the site.

If your virus/malware detectors aren't turning up anything, there's another possibility: bloatware bundled with installers for other programs that you unintentionally installed by not unchecking the "include blah blah" checkbox. These are getting really super common, and since technically they're just regularly installed programs, they don't show as viruses or malware. Go into Control Panel > Programs and Features, sort by install date, and start going through them for anything you don't recognize. Uninstall from there.

Seth

October 16th, 2014 at 3:07 PM ^

All of our ads are either Google (doubleclick) or networks or direct sales, and none of those should be running popups. We have ton of system security (having survived direct attacks) that Brian can speak to. From an ads standpoint though, I've never sold nor been paid for anything that pops up or does anything but sit in its ad spot.

BornInA2

October 16th, 2014 at 5:08 PM ^

There's a large-scale attack going on right now using infected ads from otherwise legit ad aggregators. You can do everything right but if the place you've signed up with to serve ads doesn't vet them properly, your site will be serving malware.

BornInA2

October 16th, 2014 at 5:42 PM ^

Google doesn't give half a cold turd about what they are serving: Their own Google Play store for Android is chock full of malware. That's part of the Google model: Let people do whatever they want. They just keep track of it ALL so they can tell advertisers how well they can target ads.

Reader71

October 16th, 2014 at 4:38 PM ^

I get a ton of pop-ups when viewing the site on my phone. It is literally the only site that does that. Until it started happening, I didn't even know my phone could get pop-ups.

It's a Windows Phone btw, which has no known viruses, and considering there are only like 5 of us in the world who use it, there probably never will be. My Surface, Android Tablet, and PC are pop-up free. Weird.

BornInA2

October 16th, 2014 at 5:07 PM ^

MVPS Hosts file and not running as an admin nearly eliminates that stuff.

Also, if you're infected, the popups and other crap will appear just because you have the browser open, hell, they'll even open a hidden instance for you so they can instantiate their crap.

MBAM

AdwCleaner

ComboFix

If you get them here they won't be carrying a payload:

www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/windows/

www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/

Happy hunting.

Stephen Y

October 16th, 2014 at 6:39 PM ^

Serious question... Is ad revenue generated just from ads being displayed or from actually clicking on them? I like to click every once in a while just in case.