Is anyone else having trouble with pop ups appearing while searching in the forum? This started at the first of the year and is aggravating as hell. No specific item, but many won't go away when I try to X out and then completely kick my out of the sight, requiring me to re-connect. Never had this issue before.
It is frequent, it takes longer to correct the pop ups than it does to view a single thread.
I haven't had that problem here but have on other forums. It is aggravating.
You might try Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It's free. I don't have a link to it.
Ditto what Ricks says. No problem here, "so far". There's been an insurgence of unwanted search engines being installed on our computers too, when you go into a site you want to check out, when you close it, there it is. And some are extremely difficult to remove. Took me over half an hour the other day to get rid of one from my friends laptop. Most of them are a type of malware that is virus related. Welcome to the world of hackers.
You have a virus on your machine Tom. Get Malwarebytes. It is free and will fix the problem.
Another vote in support of Ralph, Tim and Royce. I had already thought Malware Bytes before I saw that they had suggested it.
In addition to Malwarebytes, it is also necessary to delete your Temporary Internet Files and Cookies. If anyone was having an issue with the 2014 Forum not showing up in the list, this will fix that problem. The other task you can try, which will disable unwanted toolbars and add-ons to Internet Explorer is to RESET it to default settings. This will not remove your favorites, but WILL delete saved passwords and also disable JAVA and other "desirable" add ons. My experience is that they will prompt you to reenable. To reset, go to INTERNET OPTIONS in the CONTROL PANEL and click on the advanced tab. Click the RESET button and follow the prompts. You will also need to set your HOMEPAGE again. :-)
I had that problem and more. Really was a nasty bugger.
In my case it was a virus that would redirect everything I tried to do.
I put up with it a couple of months. Got it fixed for $180.
If you run Malwarebytes in "safe mode" you will catch and remove much more crap than just running it normally...
Often when you start having a problem with pop-ups, it is because your PC has been "High-jacked." It's a special kind of virus that allows a hacker to control your computer. Most spammers don't sent out messages from their own computer. They high-jack another PC that they have hacked into. Then they send all of their spam messages from the high-jacked PC.
It is a really nasty thing to get rid of. It's almost as if your PC has been possessed by a demon. Even if you wipe the disk clean and re-install everything, the spammer will still have your IP address and take it over again as soon as you come on line. I'm not saying that is what your problem is, but it could be. If your anti-virus software cannot resolve the problem, you may need professional help.
Many times a high-jacking happens when connecting with something like a porn site or a site enticing you by offering something free. My PC was high-jacked a few years ago when my son connected to a site advertising free computer games. Some of these things are set up so that the spammer can get control when you connect.
Thanks to all about the Malaware. That cleared up my problems.
The best and most comprehensive Anti-Malware programs are not free!!! You get what you pay for!
turning off Java and Shockwave flash player also helps block malware.