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bb201
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Virus reading Yahoo news

Post by bb201 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:46 pm

I frequently read articles on Yahoo news. I frequently get a virus that locks up my computer. It says "this site says you have contacted a virus. Do not turn off your computer or your computer files with be deleted. Call this number .....". It will not let me get out of this screen. I turn off my computer, then turn it back on. I then need to run CC Cleaner. If I do not I will that that evil screen again when I open my browser. I run Windows 10, up to date, Sophos Security Free software. I get the problem using Edge or Firefox browsers. Do you read Yahoo News frequently and do you get this problem? Any suggestions?

Broken Man 1999
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Re: Virus reading Yahoo news

Post by Broken Man 1999 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:52 pm

bb201 wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:46 pm
I frequently read articles on Yahoo news. I frequently get a virus that locks up my computer. It says "this site says you have contacted a virus. Do not turn off your computer or your computer files with be deleted. Call this number .....". It will not let me get out of this screen. I turn off my computer, then turn it back on. I then need to run CC Cleaner. If I do not I will that that evil screen again when I open my browser. I run Windows 10, up to date, Sophos Security Free software. I get the problem using Edge or Firefox browsers. Do you read Yahoo News frequently and do you get this problem? Any suggestions?
Did the voice telling you about "the pornographic site" have an accent, maybe middle-aged Brit woman?

I have hit it several times. I shut down, restart, nothing amiss. As well I have anti-virus and malware programs, never find anything.

Broken Man 1999
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Re: Virus reading Yahoo news

Post by lucky_tech_guy » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:53 pm

It's been a long time since I've been on Windows, but next time you get a popup try hitting ctrl+w or alt+f4.

Chances are you aren't getting a virus, it's just a popup trying to convince you to send them money.

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Re: Virus reading Yahoo news

Post by DaftInvestor » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:59 pm

I hit Ctrl-Alt-Del, got to task manager, and force close the browser when I hit this type of problem. Sometimes they simply force the browser to full-screen mode on you and disallow you from closing it. If its a different exe who knows.
If it keeps happening use a different browser (maybe try Chrome if its happening with FF, etc.).

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Re: Virus reading Yahoo news

Post by likegarden » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:04 pm

Strange things go on. For a few months when going to Google I got a bright red screen saying that there is some virus, though it is not bad. But it was not from Webroot and Malwarebytes, and those I trust. Now I no longer see that.

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Re: Virus reading Yahoo news

Post by Alexa9 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:17 pm

Might try a Chrome Browser w/ Adblock Extension?

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Re: Virus reading Yahoo news

Post by epictetus » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:47 pm

i had a family member run into this recently.

what worked for him was deleting the browsing history in his browser (he uses Firefox). that seemed to solve it.

hope that helps
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Re: Virus reading Yahoo news

Post by F150HD » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:29 pm

screenshot of the issue would be useful.

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