Wikipedia Warns of Malware Injecting Ads on Pages

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It's nice to see the two above me took the time to read the article. If you're seeing ads on their website, it means you have malware. A potentially serious problem. Using an ad blocker wont fix the said problem.
 

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^actually it likely will. Depends on the ad block and how the virus is written. It certainly won't fix the virus though, just cover up the symptom lol.
 

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As slicedtoad said, Adblock will only mask the symptom, which could actually end up working against you if the malware has other functions besides ad injection (like stealing bank numbers). Without the relatively harmless early warning of ad injection, you may not notice the malware until it's done something much worse.
 

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[citation][nom]shoelessinsight[/nom]As slicedtoad said, Adblock will only mask the symptom, which could actually end up working against you if the malware has other functions besides ad injection (like stealing bank numbers). Without the relatively harmless early warning of ad injection, you may not notice the malware until it's done something much worse.[/citation]

Doesn't Adblock just see something as a url that is blacklisted and block any connections from it thus blocking the ad.

I'm sure this is how websites detect that you are indeed running Adblock.
 

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[citation][nom]jrharbort[/nom]It's nice to see the two above me took the time to read the article. If you're seeing ads on their website, it means you have malware. A potentially serious problem. Using an ad blocker wont fix the said problem.[/citation]

No, an ad-blocker might not stop the malware, but using an ad blocker could make it less annoying. Besides, it should at least stop you from clicking on ads that give you more malware. Getting rid of malware is not it's job, that is what antivirus, anti-spyware, and other anti-malware programs are for.
 
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dreadlokz, adblock is a extension for Google Chrome last i checked.
 

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[citation][nom]lazyboychair[/nom]dreadlokz, adblock is a extension for Google Chrome last i checked.[/citation]

adblock is both Chrome and Firefox, the Firefox version is generally a little better (although that might be true now).
 

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[citation][nom]Hellbound[/nom]I'm glad I have adblock plus..[/citation]

Hmm, that's like saying "I have cancer.. but I take Aspirin. No pain.... so I must be fine."

 

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[citation][nom]freggo[/nom]Hmm, that's like saying "I have cancer.. but I take Aspirin. No pain.... so I must be fine."[/citation]
Ads are a cancer
 

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people are idiots,

IT question: whats wrong?
person: my computer is slow.
IT question: how long have you noticed it slow?
person: i don't know
IT question: I see you have a lot of pop ups on your browser, how long have you had that?
person: i don't know, awhile I guess
IT question: You have lots of toolbars on your browser, do you use or need these?
person: no, I don't know what they are for? can you take them off?

IT (thinks inside, ... your an idiot)
 
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