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March 31, 2014
3:38 pm
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Bill Osborne
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Just today I’m having an ad situation I haven’t seen before.

In blog posts, in RVillage and other places with text, certain words are blue with two blue underlines.  I put the cursor on it which turns into the pointing finger, click on it and an ad appears.  

How do I eliminate this phenomenon?

Also…..when I just put a number in “math required” to submit this post I got a pop up ad.  After closing the ad I could continue.  

 

March 31, 2014
4:26 pm
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I know the ads you’re referring to … it’s something that gets installed into your browser.  When you hover over them, do you see a little question mark?  If so, click on that and see if there is an option to ‘Opt Out.’  If so, that should do the trick.  If not, you probably need to clear your cache and delete cookies.  Let me know how it goes and I’ll get you further instructions if needed.

And thanks for mentioning the “math required” on our forum posts … I thought I had eliminated that.  I’ll check into it.

April 3, 2014
9:57 am
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To Clear Cache and delete cookies:

Chrome:

  • click the menu icon (3 bars) in upper right
  • Tools
  • Clear Browsing Data

Internet Explorer:

  • click the menu icon in upper right – gear icon or ‘cog’
  • Safety
  • Delete Browsing History

Delete, browsing history, temp files, and cookies.  I like to keep my form fill-in data

 

April 6, 2014
12:50 pm
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Bill Osborne
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Googling reminded me how to clear Cache and delete cookies.  No help.  First I would have to restart the computer two, sometimes three times because of locking up.  Then at lockup I began to often get the dreaded “kaleidoscopic blue screen of death”.

April 6, 2014
3:09 pm
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That kind of activity certainly sounds suspicious.

Probably time to run some serious scans using Malware Bytes Anti-Malware and Super AntiSpyware. Most of the stuff these programs identify are not really malicious, but it can’t hurt to clean it up. Sometimes you need to run scans multiple times. The real problem is when they can’t find a problem which still exists. Sometimes a system restore to a previous date can help, too.

BSOD Blue Screen Of Death these days is most often caused by a hardware conflict, less often a software issue. It can’t hurt to open any covers on the back and carefully re-seat the hard drive and memory chips. While you are in there, use compressed air to blow out the dust.

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April 6, 2014
11:04 pm
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Bill Osborne
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Thanks Jim

I’m going to do as you recommend.  But only after I get the new computer up and running with my stuff.  Laugh

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