Fighting ads

The commercials that overcome ad-blocking softwares: Two ways of taking them out

 

Lately there has been a lot of programs which were able to overcome the limits of your usual ad blocker. Some of them use really simple path. Here you will find some easy way of suppressing them.

 

I have always been using Adblock on Google chrome as soon as I knew about it. This really is the first thing I do on a new computer. First I use internet explorer or safari to download either chrome or Firefox, and then I download Adblock (Adblock plus on Firefox would be the equivalent). If you do not know about it, this Add-on will block every one of those commercials that will come bugging you over the internet, making your e-life much more comfortable.

Actually, before going on, I should remind you of a very useful gadget in Adblock. If a commercial is able to overcome in a simple manner the program, you have an even simpler basic way of blocking definitely this kind of ad.

Clicking on the Adblock logo as shown up here will give you access to this simple panel. “Block an ad on this page” is of course what you want. Then the add-on will ask you to click on the ad and then show you that it will be able to suppress any commercial with the same source from now on. Most of the time, automatic upgrades of your add-on will do the job in your stead.

It really IS easy. But another way was found in order to avoid this system. And in this case, no matter how many time you do the previous steps, it will not work and the ads will continue to appear. This time it is your turn (for the moment at least) to stop it. This article concern two levels of “avoiders”.

 

First avoider: The mischievous add-on

Came a time when I saw that repeated ads were constantly appearing in my browser. Blocking them did not work at all (not even on the moment) and they started getting really annoying – ads with sounds of course. I tried to suppress loads of time, it really got on my nerve. And then I decided to maybe re-install my ad blocker… With this goal in mind, I went to the extensions part of my browser and here I found it.

Do you see this little guy? The one called “Plus HD”. It actually is a fake. Every ads that were displayed had written at the bottom “Powered by plus HD”. So here is one of those multiple buggers that might (or will) hide in the Add-ons section of your browser. There are others, I tried the same procedure on other friends’ laptops and it worked the same way with add-ons that had different names. Now you have two choices, either you disable them, either you remove them – However disabling them might be a better choice. This way they will not come back the same way as they first did: the add-on is already here, but not used.

This is how you deal with this first level of threat, however it is not the worst (yet).

The second level: the discreet malware

 

I was talking about plus HD previously. Well, no matter the number of times I suppressed it or disabled it, it continuously came back or reactivated itself and I did not know what to do facing this situation. Until the day I wandered around my program files section and found the bugger again. Plus HD is a malware that might hide in any program that you will install on your computer. It will install itself without you noticing and that is how it will be able to reactivate itself, gain access to your cookies and other personal info. You should simply delete it. Now a good way of controlling this is checking up the programs installed on your computer when you have a doubt. Take the time to check the apps you do not know, it will save you some time in the future. This procedure, while being still  simple, would be the most efficient one at keeping those ads from coming back.

 

The world of computer hacking is quite big, so of course this article won’t be a remedy to all your problems, so keep your eyes awake and your antivirus up to date!

 

Link to Adblock on chrome:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom?hl=en

Link to Adblock plus on Firefox:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

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