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    Default Mysterious links

    Some posts today have had an apparently random words in blue as a link to an Apple ipod advertisement in Czech (I am based in the Czech Republic). If I return to the post later, the word is no longer a link. I suspect that someone has managed to put a minor bug in my computer, but I thought I'd just check to see if this was happening to anyone else anywhere.
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    Default Re: Mysterious links

    Not for me. Weird.
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    Default Re: Mysterious links

    Me neither.

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    Default Re: Mysterious links

    Can you give a link to an example?

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    Default Re: Mysterious links

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Can you give a link to an example?
    I'll try when it happens again - it's happening much less often now. The main problem may be that the link won't appear when you look at the post - it's often disappeared if I return to a post.
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    Default Re: Mysterious links

    I haven't seen this either, so it may be a virus on your machine, but if you see it again, please post the thread link here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I haven't seen this either, so it may be a virus on your machine, but if you see it again, please post the thread link here.
    As I read this at 11.29 my time I noticed that 'now', the last word of the first sentence in my previous post (#5) was, and still is, a link to the apple site.
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    It's not on mine and there's nothing on the site that would do it- probably time to start scanning your machine. :(

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    It's malware (probably a browser hijack). Sorry. :(
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    Default Re: Mysterious links

    I've had similar things happen, now that I think about it, when I had a rather benign advertsing thingy - for example, the word "teacher" would have a double green underline and when you hovered over it, you'd see a site advertising teacher training. It never happened on this site - in fact, it often happened on the www.m-w.com site, so I hadn't thought about it. A quick sweep of Spybot and I was home free.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 16-Apr-2012 at 18:03.
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