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Pop-up problems?

Posted Monday, November 8, 2010, at 11:23 AM

A t-g.com reader reported today that she got a pop-up telling her she was the "t-g.com winner of the day" and that she should enter her e-mail address to claim her prize. Fortunately, she was suspicious, and called the newspaper.

We do not have any such contest on our site. We're trying to track down exactly what's going on, and whether the problem is on our end or on our reader's. The reader says she's running up-to-date virus protection software. Has anyone else received this type of pop-up while viewing the T-G Web site?

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Its a virus she has, she downloaded it unsuspectingly, When she visits other websites, she will get another variety of the same popup with different graphics etc saying she won there as well. I cannot recall of the name, but I have seen 4 varieties of this same virus on other peoples computers.

The best prevention is, NEVER click a link in an email that is from someone you do not know. Do not use file sharing sites, do not use torrent sites. These are the best ways of getting a virus.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 6:28 PM

EM, I understand file sharing like picture banks but what are "torrent" sites?

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 8:16 AM

It's a reference to the peer-to-peer file-sharing system BitTorrent. Many years ago, I used BitTorrent to download some legal shareware, but it's best known as a way of illegal file-sharing of copyrighted content, which is why I haven't used it since. With BitTorrent, instead of the files being hosted on a central server which could be shutdown by the authorities, the protocol looks for another BitTorrent user who has the file you want and copies the file directly from their machine to yours, hence the description "peer-to-peer."

-- Posted by Jicarney on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 10:22 AM

I am the t-g.com reader that received the pop-up. It only popped up once and hasn't done it since. I use AVG Full coverage and had just recently scanned my computer with Malware. Could anyone tell me why my AVG didn't catch this problem? Also, I don't know anything about sharing files, let alone "Torrent" sites, so I don't believe this came from that.

-- Posted by wishcaster on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 11:28 AM

The pop-ups can be hidden within pictures, and videos. My bil recently got one of those fake pop-up virus scanners from watching a video at a wrestling site. He has Norton and it didn't stop it or catch it, because it was hidden inside.

Another share way beside BitTorrent is by using certain plugins that you can download on Firefox and such where you can download songs, videos from youtube.

I have got a couple of the "I'm a Winner" pop-ups before, but it hasn't been from this site. They both happened at WSMV's website.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 9:40 AM


AVG doesn't cure all viruses and malware, I can install 5 different scanners on your computer and each one will find different virus', trojans, and malware/adware.

I hope you get your problem resolved.


I thought the same thing as you, that a javascript was embedded in an image or within a comment, but this site doesn't allow images or code to be posted.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 11:50 AM

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