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(Adweek)   Internet advertising alliance pops up out of nowhere, unveils task force charged with fighting bogus publishers and shady bots that are tarnishing image of Internet advertising. Keep punching that monkey   ( divider line
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2013-04-22 07:52:03 AM  
Ad.Block. Plus.
2013-04-22 08:18:16 AM  
Just in time!

It is 1997, right?
2013-04-22 08:49:54 AM  
Its not the bogus publishers and shady bots, its the flashing banners, or the popups, or the auto-play audio/video, or the five ads on a page, or the...shall I go on?
2013-04-22 10:16:04 AM  
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I see this because I don't trust advertisers and at this point I never will.  Sorry taskforce, while I'm sure you mean well; that ship has sailed, rammed the iceberg and sank many years ago.  There is no salvaging your reputation.
2013-04-22 10:53:00 AM  
Well, somebody's gotta pay for all this shiat, and it aint gonna be me.

/oh, wait...
2013-04-22 12:29:01 PM  

phamwaa: Ad.Block. Plus.


/ALL the advertisements
//even yours
2013-04-22 04:02:43 PM  
I think I had one of these bots running on my system.

Zone alarm was showing large amounts of internet activity when I opened a browser. I used tcpview
to see what was happening, and it was pounding ip addresses related to advertiser sites.
I used process explorer and found it was running inside a copy of svchost that was started
up as a user process instead of a system process. The code was hidden in a subdirectory
under the system recycler directory.

I used ComboFix to clean it up.

It was really eating into my bandwidth, but other than that the only symptom was a
hijacked search engine homepage. I use duckduckgo, and that was replaced with a fake.

Hope that helps anyone else who has to deal with one of theses bots.
2013-04-22 06:13:25 PM  
The ad industry accusing someone else of shady practices is like Stalin calling Hitler a murderer.

Seriously, go pound sand you dewsh bags.
2013-04-23 05:40:49 PM  
Not sure "uphill battle" quite covers that particular struggle. Maybe.."bottom of the well with a broken leg, no rope, and the well walls are covered in WD40?"
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