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MSN IE e-mail has sponsor ad links

by beerguy206 / October 17, 2006 5:28 AM PDT

How do I get rid of these links. I tried deleting cookies. I can't find where this is to get rid of it. HELP PLEASE

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How do you mean?
by jackson dougless / October 17, 2006 5:38 AM PDT

Where are these sponsor ad links located? In the body of your message, attached as a footer to outgoing messages, somewhere else?

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Yes in the body
by beerguy206 / October 17, 2006 7:12 AM PDT
In reply to: How do you mean?

When I went to read some TV reveiws in cnet they had links describibg the tuner and PIP in blue. There was also a link that was green. When i click it a sponsors ads page pops up.

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Two ideas
by jackson dougless / October 17, 2006 7:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes in the body

First is that you've been infested with some malware. A pretty common occurrence for IE users with all the unpatched exploits that can install malware without any user interaction beyond going to a compromised site. This malware (or as some might call it, adware) then does things like what you describe in an effort to make money for the company behind it.

The other possibility is that this is a new "feature" added by the good folks at MSN. Sort of a more obnoxious form of Google's AdWords system. It does tend to reek of Microsoft's usual means of copying someone else's idea and going about two steps too far with it.

I'd suggest you try downloading a copy of Mozilla Firefox and see if the adverts persist. If they do, it's probably a new "feature" of MSN, and you're stuck. If not, it seems more likely you've got some malware issues to deal with.

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Maybe Google is the culprit
by beerguy206 / October 17, 2006 7:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Two ideas

Thanks for your input I try to scan for adware with Spybot maybe something is slipping through. Is anybody else getting this please let me know so I can rule out adware.

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Found this article...It's adware
by beerguy206 / October 19, 2006 10:43 AM PDT

The Problem of Adware in Free Software Downloads

There are all sorts of "free" software downloads that you can find on the Web. Some are illegally shared pirated programs, but most are either genuine freeware (the developer gives the program away, expecting nothing in return), shareware (you can use the program for a while to determine whether you want to keep it, and then are expected to pay if you decide that you do) or adware (the developer is supported by advertising of some sort). This can be in the form of banner ads embedded into the program's interface, or services that deliver targeted advertising when you're online.

Last week, we recommended a number of utilities to help clean up duplicate files on the hard disk, all of which had been referred to us by readers. Afterwards, we discovered that one of these reader-recommended software programs is associated with an adware service, 180Solutions. The name of the program is Duplicate File Killer, and it includes and installs the Zango Search Assistant, which displays ads based on your Internet browsing. It's not spyware, in that it provides a prominent disclosure screen (the information that Zango is included isn't buried deep in the fine print of the End User License Agreement where you're unlikely to see it, as with some ad-sponsored programs) and according to several sources, 180Solutions software doesn't collect any personal identifying information from your computer. However, we don't advocate products that are in cahoots with adware companies, and regret printing the recommendation for this software.

If you tried out this software and want to remove it, we've found that it's very easy to delete using the Add/Remove Programs applet in Control Panel.

Meanwhile, we tested several more duplicate file removers and found one, with a confusingly similar name, DupKiller, that really is freeware with no adware or other "hidden features," doesn't impose a limit on the number of files/folders or drives it works with as some free versions do, and doesn't include nag screens asking you to donate or upgrade to a paid version.

It's a fairly quick download over a broadband connection, at 2.76 MB, and it installed easily in less than a minute and includes an uninstall option. We liked it because it works with removable media as well as hard drives, and gives you lots of options. For example, you can have files moved to the Recycle Bin or delete them completely from the hard disk, and you can exclude specified folders or file types from the scan altogether. You can also choose whether to scan hidden system files.

The interface is simple and easy to use, and the scan is fast. The program scanned my C: drive, containing 16,459 files, in just 45 seconds using quick scan mode, and found 417 duplicate files. This program can also be configured to do a byte-by-byte comparison, so that if even one byte is different, the files will not be flagged as duplicates. Best of all, it has received "no spyware, no adware, no viruses" awards from several different sites. You can find out more and download the program at

Tell us what you think about the whole adware concept. Is obvious adware just as bad as spyware? Or is it okay as long as you're notified before installation that the adware is included and told how it works? Would you prefer to pay for software to avoid advertising of any kind, or are you willing to tolerate advertising in exchange for free software? Do you ever use "donationware"? If so, do you ever donate to help support the developers? Let us know your thoughts on this subject at

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It's gone
by beerguy206 / October 24, 2006 5:06 AM PDT

I did a system restore to the beginning of September and now it's gone......Thanks for your HELP!!!!!

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