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    An Annoying New Feature in Internet Explorer 11?

    I have noticed recently that when I click on a bookmarked site, instead of opening the site immediately, now I get an advertisement page of some sort first. Usually the ad has nothing to do with the nature of the bookmarked site at all.
    Anyone else noticing this garbage?
    i thought maybe there might be a PUP of some sort, but I ran malicious software tool, and it came up clean.
    Is this a new IE "feature"?

    rstew

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    Sounds more like an add-on. Check what add-ons you have loaded in IE.

    cheers, Paul

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    I'm not sure the MSRT would find PuPs as malicious and may not snag them.

    A better tool to use would be AdwCleaner http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/

    It looks like it has been updated since I last used it so read the article before running it, but basically, click on the Scan button and when that has completed it may list some items in the lower pane that it considers PuPs.

    Uncheck any you want to keep then click on Report - that will list what it has found and will remove when you close the report and click on Clean.

    It will produce another report after the reboot of what it has deleted.

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    "bleepingcomputer" is a trusted site I assume?

    rstew

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    Quote Originally Posted by rstew View Post
    "bleepingcomputer" is a trusted site I assume?

    rstew
    Correct.

    I would also add running Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and the Junkware Removal Tool (JRT).

    https://www.malwarebytes.org/downloads/#tools

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is at the top of the page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rstew View Post
    "bleepingcomputer" is a trusted site I assume?

    rstew
    Yes, it is a very trusted site and I've had occasions to run AdwCleaner, although Norton has occasionally blocked it for me as a false positive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rstew View Post
    "bleepingcomputer" is a trusted site I assume?
    As the others have said, yes. Trusted and very useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rstew View Post
    ...when I click on a bookmarked site, instead of opening the site immediately, now I get an advertisement page of some sort first. Usually the ad has nothing to do with the nature of the bookmarked site at all...
    No, it is not a new IE feature.

    It is almost certainly caused by a "browser hijack" infection.

    Run a scan w/ Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: http://www.malwarebytes.org/downloads/ and tell it to delete anything it finds.

    Then run a scan with ADWCleaner: https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewd.../1-adwcleaner/. Usually it will be safe to let ADWC delete anything it finds.

    Then run "Junkware Removal Tool" from: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/down...-removal-tool/

    Please reply to this thread to let us know how you are getting on.
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    Junkware Removal Tool is now a part of Malwarebytes and can be downloaded from the link in post #5 as well.

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    Junkware Removal Tool has been acquired by Malwarebytes but it hasn't been integrated into the Malwarebytes program yet.

    https://blog.malwarebytes.org/news/2...-removal-tool/

    Jerry

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