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    Default Unwanted ads

    Unwanted ads are appearing on my PC in the shape of a small oblong in the bottom right of the screen. They advertise various things, the latest being "PUBG vs Fortnite Which is you favourite?" with the website en.softonic.com noted on the bottom.

    I have never visited softonic before these ads started so I do not know how they obtained my email address.

    My question is: how do I stop these ads?

    Your help is appreciated.
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    Default Re: Unwanted ads

    Sounds like something may have installed that is linked to softonic (usually if "use default" install) You can try running some ad blockers, or looking at what was installed lately.
    My personal favorite for browsers is uBlock Origin, It's similar to ad-Block, while it doesn't stop all ads, cant remember the last time I got a popup on any site

    Just went onto stuff.co.nz Blocked 30 requests

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    Normal usage you only see the Number (30 in this case) in the heart top right.

    Some sites complain you are using an ad blocker and request you disable it to continue.
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    Default Re: Unwanted ads

    Some sites complain you are using an ad blocker and request you disable it to continue.[/QUOTE]


    I love that bit.
    How dare you disable their ads.

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    Default Re: Unwanted ads

    Ghostery works very well, also.

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    Default Re: Unwanted ads

    fix the cause, not the symptoms

    Reset Internet (in control panel) , reset chrome & Firefox
    Install & run malwarebytes . Disable any other AV when malwarebytes is scanning .
    Uninstall malwarebytes when finished

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1101 View Post
    fix the cause, not the symptoms

    Reset Internet (in control panel) , reset chrome & Firefox
    Install & run malwarebytes . Disable any other AV when malwarebytes is scanning .
    Uninstall malwarebytes when finished

    Why uninstall Malwarebytes?

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    Default Re: Unwanted ads

    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    Sounds like something may have installed that is linked to softonic (usually if "use default" install) You can try running some ad blockers, or looking at what was installed lately.
    My personal favorite for browsers is uBlock Origin, It's similar to ad-Block, while it doesn't stop all ads, cant remember the last time I got a popup on any site

    Just went onto stuff.co.nz Blocked 30 requests

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Ublock_Stuff.png 
Views:	44 
Size:	55.7 KB 
ID:	8871

    Normal usage you only see the Number (30 in this case) in the heart top right.

    Some sites complain you are using an ad blocker and request you disable it to continue.
    Thank you, Wainui. I have downloaded ublock Origin so I will see how that goes. Your help is appreciated.

    Thanks to the rest of you for your suggestions.
    Last edited by Roscoe; 12-06-2018 at 07:26 AM.
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    Default Re: Unwanted ads

    Does somebody know additional soft to this extensions, I mean Ublock and AdBlock? I don't want to see any advertising, is it real?

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    Use Stylish extension and install Adblocking FiltersetP by BigBen if you are using Firefox
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    Default Re: Unwanted ads

    Well I use firefox and only use Ghostery - and I don't see adds at all

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