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Has anyone been annoyed or concerned with the red block-outs on many web sites including cnet. What is happening and how do we stop this!

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I've not noticed such things.

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Especially not here at CNET.


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Could be Canadian Internet providers.

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It may be my Internet provider in Canada. I'm looking at the red block-out on this page as I'm typing this reply. Big red boxes covering text. This is obvious on many sites. I see the same on IE,Fire Fox and Google Chrome, it started a day or two ago. This is happening! I surf the web daily.

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Tell us more.

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I suspect this is some kind of malware infection and/or browser hijack.

Can you make a screen print and upload it to some image hosting service like ImageShack, Photobucket, or Flickr, then post the web link to the image here?

It's not Canadian censorship. There are a number of Canadians who help out in these forums and they have no difficulties.

Tell us about your security arsenal, eg firewall, anti-virus and anti-malware utilities, and I would suggest downloading, installing, updating then running a full scan with Malwarebytes' Anti-malware.


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More Info

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I've never used Image Shack before but here goes: Two examples.

I use Bell Internet Security Anti-Virus, Firewall, Anti-Spyware with real-time protection , Fraud Protection, Spybot and XoftSpySE. I just recently scanned with anti-virus and spyware but will initiate another deep scan. Thank you Mark. I will consider Malwarebytes.

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Thank you!

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I finally found the problem, after Marks remarks I checked my Anti-Virus and Spyware settings and found my lovely wife had checked off the Enable Ad Blocker box on my Bell Security. I often complain about all the ads on the Internet and she thought it would help. She helped me look foolish by not mentioning it to me. CNET has some wonderful and helpful members. I will be visiting often to be informed. Thanks again!

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That's great, and thanks for telling us.

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One thing I noticed about your post above, the use of XoftSpy. In the past this was known as a rogue anti-spyware program and Spyware Warrior listed it as an unsafe application. It has been delisted, but for my part I feel once listed, it will be a while before I trust it.

Have a look at the Spyware Warriors de-listed page at and scroll down to find the XoftSpy entry.

The full List of Spyware Warrior's suspect applications is here;

I also have to mention Spybot Search & Destroy. Sadly we have found that it often no longer 'fits well' with today's anti-virus scanners, especially if the Tea Timer background scanner component of Spybot is used. This is because it and the anti-virus scanner often conflict.

Thanks for those images. An unusual color scheme! Devil


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