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29-07-2014, 05:11 PM
Recently I have noticed that whenever I open a web page random words in the text have become hyper links and when clicked they either open a small square advertisement or another window – also invariably an advertisement. I suspect that I have inadvertently picked up a bug that activates this annoying addition. If this is so, I have been unable to spot any suspicious entries in "all programs" or "uninstall" in the control panel. I wonder if anyone has any ideas on this and possibly hard to get rid of it. Thank you.

When I submitted this post I found the bug at work!

29-07-2014, 05:46 PM
Have you tried scanning for malware?, if not give MBAM a whirl and see if it finds anything https://www.malwarebytes.org/?gclid=CN6E_K7b6b8CFYeXvQodo5MA_w&utm_source=cj&utm_medium=aff&utm_content=11125352&utm_campaign=1807252&tracking=cj.

Also there are several good add blocking add-ons depending what browser you use. I use firefox and adblock plus myself.

30-07-2014, 12:55 AM
Is there any of these names in add/remove programs?

If so, uninstalling them would be a good start - then reset your browser and as Dugi says - malwarebytes the next step

flash-Enhancer, SafeSaver, DP1815, Video Player, Convert Files for Free, Plus-HD 8.9, BetterSurf, Media Player 1.1, SupTab, RemoveTheAdApp, ValueApps, Lollipop, PassShow, LyricsBuddy-1, YutubeAdBlock 1.2, Media Player 1.1, Savings Bull, Feven Pro 1.1, Websteroids, Savings Bull, HD-Plus 3.5, QuickShare, Lightspark, Surftastic, Software Version Updater, Media Viewer 1.1, Re-markit

30-07-2014, 10:36 AM
Think it is part of the web page design, have seen some of these and thought they were links to related pages but were only advertising or word definitions.

30-07-2014, 10:38 AM
Thank you gentlemen. I ran Malwarebytes and Zone Alarm Extreme Security scans when the issue first arose about a week ago, both reported no infections.
None of the programmes listed by Bevy appears in the add/remove list, but I did find one, WinPcap 4.1.1, which I hadn’t noticed before. I certainly had not installed it. I checked Cace Technologies and cutting through the jargon it does seem that this might be the culprit. So I have uninstalled it and rebooted with no apparent deleterious effect. I’ll watch today.

02-08-2014, 10:09 AM
Some days have now passed since I uninstalled WinPcap 4.1.1 and this removal seems to have solved the problem -- no more unwanted hyperlinks. Thanks for your help guys...

02-08-2014, 10:38 AM
Thanks for reporting back. I was going to suggest that you edit your Hosts file - it's a wonderful built-in Windows tool to speed up websites and stop adverts.