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#1 2015-11-27 18:15:51

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Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

Hello people,

My browser (Chrome AND Mozilla) are full of pop-ups, propaganda and when I click on links on pages I visit, they lead me to new tabs, to more pop-ups and more propaganda.

I don't know commands by name, so if you wanna leave a tip for me, please insert the command line I need to use.

I am logged as me on Chrome. I thought Linux was free of that bull****...

Thanks

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#2 2015-11-27 18:22:28

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

sm55br wrote:

I thought Linux was free of that bull****...

Nothing to do with linux - it is your browser settings. Look through the settings, use an ad blocker, etc


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#3 2015-11-27 19:07:08

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

i won't give you commands but i will tell you how to reset your browser.

go to chrome://extensions (type this on your chrome) delete every addon. go to .config/ and delete google-chrome-* (stabile/beta/unstable, whichever you are using folder, while your browser is not running.) after deleting it, run chrome again as usual and only add addons/extensions you know you want to/need. also install uBlock origin.

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#4 2015-11-27 20:08:36

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

Hi sm55br,

Interesting question but you're blaming the horse for a poor fitting saddle. In addition to the above answers, I'd suggest a lil' less caffine big_smile


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#5 2015-11-27 20:55:25

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

Oh, so sorry, people. I don't understand a lot about Linux yet, but, in love, of course.

Look, my Chrome DOES NOT GO to the extensions. When I type that "chrome://extensions" the tab disappear. And when I try to go to extensions using the Menu, it does NOTHING.

Another thing I perceived, is that something is creating an invisible "mask" on my navigator. When I click a link, it leads me to propaganda. But if I move the scroll a little bit down or up, and click again, it follows the link.

I will try to uninstall and install Chrome while I wait for your answers.

[<o>] Thanks from Brazil


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#6 2015-11-27 21:00:52

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

No success. Removed and re-installed browser, but still the chrome://extensions does not open, makes the tab vanish.

Weird.


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#7 2015-11-27 21:05:47

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

try removing the folders I mentioned before and don't login with your login.

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#8 2015-11-27 21:11:20

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

^ As atbeyi has said..

Exit browser and navigate to..

/home/username/.config/chrome

delete all files within the chrome directory 

restart your browser and see if that helps.

* Note: You'll temporarily lose your bookmarks but they'll be restored when you sign back into Chrome.

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#9 2015-11-27 21:11:50

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

atbeyi wrote:

try removing the folders I mentioned before and don't login with your login.

Oh, sure, can you teach me how to "go" there in commands?


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#10 2015-11-27 21:12:07

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

Maybe you have installed something nasty. Can you open the Extensions via the Settings menu ( Customize -> more Tools -> Extensions)?

Reinstalling probably won't help if you don't delete your Chrome user files (~/.config/chromium....or equivalent), as @atbeyi suggested. You can probably see installed extensions in there as well, btw)

EDIT: ninja'd by lots of users!

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#11 2015-11-27 21:15:17

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

damo wrote:

Maybe you have installed something nasty. Can you open the Extensions via the Settings menu ( Customize -> more Tools -> Extensions)?

Reinstalling probably won't help if you don't delete your Chrome user files (~/.config/chromium....or equivalent), as @atbeyi suggested. You can probably see installed extensions in there as well, btw)

EDIT: ninja'd by lots of users!

No, the same thing, the settings menu does not open the extensions. And I don't know how to open /.config/chromium, what is the command?


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#12 2015-11-27 21:19:35

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

Guys, I solved it. I went to Task Manager on Chrome Menu, so I saw that an EXTENSION itself with a russian name or something was running on... so I ended up the process, and so I could open the extension menu. I'm installing a pop-up blocker now.

Thank you very very much.


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#13 2015-11-27 21:22:14

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

sm55br wrote:

No, the same thing, the settings menu does not open the extensions. And I don't know how to open /.config/chromium, what is the command?

Seriously???

GUI:
1) Open filemanager
2) Show hidden folders ( Ctrl+H)
3) Navigate to `.config/

Terminal:

ls -a ~/.config

EDIT:  Lesson is DON'T allow Extensions to be installed without CHECKING THEM OUT FIRST!!!

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#14 2015-11-27 21:24:12

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

sm55br,

In "file manager' which unless you've changed it is called "thunar". Navigate to your home directory (when I open file manager it's /home/panda.

At top and under 'View" select 'show hidden files'

It'll display directories you haven't seen before. Look for the one which says .config.. open it, then look for the one which says Chrome or Chrome_Stable.. open it and delete all the files within.

Close file manager and re-start Chrome.


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#15 2015-11-27 21:26:01

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

Dem gosh dern Russkies smile


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#16 2015-11-27 21:34:43

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

You may try other alternative, using hosts (read more) to block adds or malicious IP's

Extra addition apart or together of uBlock, Adblock, Adblock Plus.

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#17 2015-11-27 21:34:53

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

EDIT:  Lesson is DON'T allow Extensions to be installed without CHECKING THEM OUT FIRST!!!


I am almost SURE it installed itself while I installed an extension that deletes all Facebook messages in one click...


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#18 2015-11-27 21:38:01

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

Dat gosh dern Book o'Face

big_smile


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#19 2015-11-27 21:45:25

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

Panda wrote:

Dem gosh dern Russkies smile


shush, we don't talk about Ruskies here (Turkiye). big_smile

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#20 2015-11-27 22:04:34

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

damo wrote:

EDIT:  Lesson is DON'T allow Extensions to be installed without CHECKING THEM OUT FIRST!!!

sm55br wrote:

I am almost SURE it installed itself while I installed an extension that deletes all Facebook messages in one click...

I'm trying to resist the urge to /facepalm here.  Ever since that guy Tom auto-"friended" himself with everybody who signs up to Facebook, social media has been a prime target for adware and malware riders in extensions.  Add to this the fact that the first stop in trying to get to Chrome extensions is actually Google's "app store" and you have a recipe for "watch that first step-"

...which all brings us back to

Panda wrote:

blaming the horse for a poor fitting saddle

More like "I accidentally a Coke bottle" and blaming the bottling plant.

EDIT:
@sm55br:  The responsible thing for you to do at this point is to report this extension to Google and give it the lowest possible rating.  This should help prevent others from falling prey to it.

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#21 2015-11-27 22:32:55

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

pvsage wrote:

@sm55br:  The responsible thing for you to do at this point is to report this extension to Google and give it the lowest possible rating.  This should help prevent others from falling prey to it.

^ That smile


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#22 2015-11-28 10:45:45

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

sm55br wrote:

Oh, so sorry, people. I don't understand a lot about Linux yet, but, in love, of course.

damo wrote:
sm55br wrote:

No, the same thing, the settings menu does not open the extensions. And I don't know how to open /.config/chromium, what is the command?

Seriously???

GUI:
1) Open filemanager
2) Show hidden folders ( Ctrl+H)
3) Navigate to `.config/

Terminal:

ls -a ~/.config

EDIT:  Lesson is DON'T allow Extensions to be installed without CHECKING THEM OUT FIRST!!!

This type of response (i.e. "seriously???") is what turns new users OFF to linux.

How is he expected to know unless someone teaches / tells him?

I'm glad you answered the question, but IMO - slightly less arrogance and a dash more of friendlyness would help BL create a community that is full of people with all ranges of *NIX skills. From the frist time user to the grizzled greybeard. I'm not trying to be confrontational, but it rubbed me the wrong way and I felt that I had to say something.


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#23 2015-11-28 11:15:59

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

Agreed.  It's one thing if a person asks to be spoonfed, but sm55br sounds like he wants to learn to fish, and there's more to that than "get a fishing rod and find a lake".  (Yes, I do like metaphors.)  We didn't handle this very well.

I do stand by what damo said about verifying browser extensions before installing them.  If you go to chrome://extensions and click the "get more extensions" link, the top three results for an "adblock plus" search (without clicking the Extensions radio button in the left pane) are in fact apps from suspicious-looking sources.  Always do a websearch to see if the extension/app you're looking at is actually what you think you're getting and comes from the actual developer's website.  If in doubt, ask here first; we're such a diverse community here that there's a good chance that whatever the extension is, one of us will know something about it or will be curious enough to help you research it.


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#24 2015-11-28 16:06:44

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

Temetka wrote:

This type of response (i.e. "seriously???") is what turns new users OFF to linux.

Yeah, I don't know.. I rather felt it was all a lighthearted exchange between the OP and those of us here trying to help him. If sm55br feels in anyway that I treated her/him rudely or was generally unhelpful, then I wish to assure them that was not my intent nor did I detect that tone in damo.

It seems to me, when someone is knowledgeable enough to use a browser extension which can harm their system, they should know what their 'file manager' is and how to navigate within it.. For their own sake and that of their system. A goodhearted push in the right direction, just doesn't alarm me personally.

There's a specific thread upon our forum, one designed with the express intent of welcoming new members and quite honestly, I see damo posting there daily.

Introductions : Topics-145  Posts-857... That's roughly, what? 6 posts per topic?

Artwork & Screenshots: Topics-16  Posts-1018... Over 63.5 posts per topic.

Just sayin'  big_smile


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#25 2015-11-29 08:46:08

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Re: Browsers full of SPAM, pop-ups, links leading to SPAM, etc [SOLVED]

^ Unfortunately, the most harmful extensions tend to get installed by unknowledgeable users because they're Google bombed to turn up at the top of search results.  Looks to me like sm55br wants to learn, but doesn't have the experience to form a relevant search string to get past all the crap polluting the sewer internet.

Not taking sides here (consider me the moderator from the Neutral Planet); just sayin' when somebody asks something like "what commands and how do I enter them", assume they don't know what not to do.  (I'm just glad nobody suggested "sudo rm -rf /" in this thread.)


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