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Title: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on April 07, 2014, 09:08:11 PM
Hi,

Is this something I ought to get rid of please?

"http://ib.adnxs.com/"

Thanks,

AV

ps. wouldn't go directly to that link
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: Secondmineboy on April 07, 2014, 09:13:45 PM
That website is infected: https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/ib.adnxs.com
                                        http://www.avgthreatlabs.com/website-safety-reports/domain/adnxs.com/
                                        https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/7e2fc47099f7606225ade13ce428b4307598011e2470010e5d4f162061d4331b/analysis/1396898020/
                                        http://quttera.com/detailed_report/ib.adnxs.com
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on April 07, 2014, 09:22:25 PM
bad news :-(

here's my scan - it shows nothing though?
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: Secondmineboy on April 07, 2014, 09:24:55 PM
Then youre most likely good to go and not infected. ;)
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: Pondus on April 07, 2014, 09:32:39 PM
That website is infected: https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/ib.adnxs.com
                                        http://www.avgthreatlabs.com/website-safety-reports/domain/adnxs.com/
                                        https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/7e2fc47099f7606225ade13ce428b4307598011e2470010e5d4f162061d4331b/analysis/1396898020/
                                        http://quttera.com/detailed_report/ib.adnxs.com
well...nothing malicious in the html
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/07a72686ead36f755fe0617a37b6030de06baa76b3e16845b07a0c40079951d2/analysis/1396898929/

and it seems ib.adnxs.com/  is short link for appnexus.com

appnexus = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AppNexus

click picture in top right corner  http://urlquery.net/report.php?id=1396899364380





Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on April 07, 2014, 09:41:33 PM
Thanks. I'm a bit confused though - I am running the free version of Malwarebytes but the log states:

Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Chameleon: Disabled


"Malware Protection: Disabled" - disabled??? Am I doing something wrong please?

:-o
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: Pondus on April 07, 2014, 09:44:00 PM
free version does not have protection.....only on-demand scan   :-\
but there is a soulution for you.....buy PRO version    :D

if you open settings > advanced ....you will see they cant be selected in free version




Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: Secondmineboy on April 07, 2014, 09:47:21 PM
Unfortunately its 25 Dollars a year since version 2.

It was a lifetime license before. :-\
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on April 07, 2014, 09:49:31 PM
Thanks guys, that must be a new development? - often used the free version in the past. Silly question perhaps but, if the free ware offers no protection then what is its purpose please?

 ???
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: Secondmineboy on April 07, 2014, 09:51:05 PM
Its used as an On-Demand Scanner to detect Adware and other junk.
Its also used by the malware experts here. :)

Its often used as an second layer protection together with another AV.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: Pondus on April 07, 2014, 09:52:43 PM
Quote
Silly question perhaps but, if the free ware offers no protection then what is its purpose please?
it is very good at removing the type of malware it target.....

if you browse any malware removal help forum, you will see that MBAM is the first tool they run.....then if still problems they continue with advanced tool you need training to use



Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on April 07, 2014, 09:54:29 PM
OK thanks to all - how do I activate the 'on demand' feature please ~ that last scan I made seems to show all the detective features were disabled?
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: Secondmineboy on April 07, 2014, 09:55:57 PM
You just open it up and run a scan if you want, thats it then.

On-Demand is when you tell it that you want it to scan something.

On-Access is realtime protection.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: Pondus on April 07, 2014, 09:59:21 PM
OK thanks to all - how do I activate the 'on demand' feature please ~ that last scan I made seems to show all the detective features were disabled?
because they belong to the protection module in PRO version ....

my log (in pro version) say the same, but that is bc i have turned evrything off
Quote
Version: 2.00.0.1000
Malware Database: v2014.03.28.01
Rootkit Database: v2014.03.27.01
License: Premium
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Chameleon: Disabled



lots of info in Malwarebytes forum  https://forums.malwarebytes.org/

Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on April 07, 2014, 10:07:18 PM
OK

Still confused though - antimalware program that logs you all its detectors are disabled  :o

At least I am clear though

 8)
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: Pondus on April 07, 2014, 10:12:05 PM
well, to activate the protection module, you have to pay.....

here is one recomended tool that is free   ;)    MCShield USB protector  www.mcshield.net

Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on April 07, 2014, 11:06:15 PM
well, to activate the protection module, you have to pay.....

here is one recomended tool that is free   ;)    MCShield USB protector  www.mcshield.net

Yes thanks, but what i'd like to know is - if I had malware on my pc would Malwarebytes Free detect it on manual scan & flag it up in the log please?

Thanks again  ;)
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: Pondus on April 07, 2014, 11:14:13 PM
free version will detect and remove when you scan ...... it will not block malware trying to install..... that is only PRO version

Malwarebytes is designed to be a addition to your AV, it only target executable files, and only fresh malware (usually not older then 3 months)

see info   https://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=102698#entry507785



Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on April 07, 2014, 11:17:52 PM
OK thanks - then those disabled tags just refer to the Pro version, gotcha ;)
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: waking on April 08, 2014, 08:48:13 PM

Still confused though - antimalware program that logs you all its detectors are disabled  :o


The logs don't say that *detection* is disabled, they say that *protection* is disabled.

"Protection" protects you from infections *before* they happen.

"Detection" detects infections that already exist.

The Pro version runs in the background and prevents malware from getting installed.

The Free version scans what and when you tell it to scan, looking for malware that's already on your computer.


Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on April 08, 2014, 09:03:01 PM
Thanks. I wish they'd stop changing their formats though - i used Malwarebytes for years without any problem at all.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on April 15, 2014, 06:54:32 PM
Hi,

Am still getting http://ib.adnxs.com/ (http://ib.adnxs.com/) which opens multiple windows of adverts on my pc. How can I get rid of it please?

Thanks again.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: essexboy on April 15, 2014, 07:01:25 PM
Looks like you need to run adwcleaner and if it still appears we can go for a manual cleanup

Please download AdwCleaner (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/) by Xplode onto your desktop.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: RevolutionSphere on April 15, 2014, 08:05:10 PM
Unfortunately its 25 Dollars a year since version 2.

It was a lifetime license before. :-\
If you bought it before version 2, you will have will always have the lifetime license forever.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on April 21, 2014, 02:42:39 PM
Looks like you need to run adwcleaner and if it still appears we can go for a manual cleanup

Please download AdwCleaner (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/) by Xplode onto your desktop.
  • Close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click on Scan.
  • After the scan is complete click on "Clean"
  • Confirm each time with Ok.
  • Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  • Please post the content of that logfile with your next answer.
  • You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.

OK thanks. File attached. No sign of adnxs though - this bug has attached itself to my IP browser I think which is AOL, I don't recall seeing it pop up on Chrome or Firefox
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: essexboy on April 21, 2014, 03:05:44 PM
So it is on the AOL branded IE only ??

Download OTL (http://oldtimer.geekstogo.com/OTL.exe)  to your Desktop
Secondary link (http://www.itxassociates.com/OT-Tools/OTL.exe)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/73555776/OTL_Main_Tutorial.gif)

netsvcs
BASESERVICES
%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.exe
c:\program files (x86)\Google\Desktop
c:\program files\Google\Desktop
dir "%systemdrive%\*" /S /A:L /C
/md5start
rpcss.dll
/md5stop
CREATERESTOREPOINT


Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on April 26, 2014, 11:13:03 PM
Thanks :)

For some reason I didn't get notified of your reply.

Anyway, here are the files.

Please advise further -

AV
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: essexboy on April 27, 2014, 01:20:21 PM
Let me know if it still appears after this

Warning This fix is only relevant for this system and no other, using on another computer may cause problems

Be advised that when the fix commences it will shut down all running processes and you may lose the desktop and icons, they will return on reboot

Run OTL
Code: [Select]
:Commands
[CREATERESTOREPOINT]

:OTL
IE - HKU\S-1-5-21-3183433093-2047692126-102195025-1001\..\SearchScopes,DefaultScope = {151D2E4E-0B8C-4D94-87FB-78C43EE3CED1}
O3:64bit: - HKLM\..\Toolbar: (no name) - {CC1A175A-E45B-41ED-A30C-C9B1D7A0C02F} - No CLSID value found.
O3:64bit: - HKLM\..\Toolbar: (no name) - Locked - No CLSID value found.
O4 - HKLM..\Run: [] File not found
[2014/04/21 13:50:50 | 000,000,000 | ---D | C] -- C:\ProgramData\boost_interprocess
[2014/04/20 20:29:48 | 000,000,000 | ---D | C] -- C:\Users\Ric\AppData\Local\{FE545A5E-2080-4012-B979-E4B3A8CDC2CA}
[2014/04/19 20:03:18 | 000,000,000 | ---D | C] -- C:\Users\Ric\AppData\Local\{85524F23-C5A5-44CF-8CFE-57B436C9EA0F}
[2014/04/06 20:20:11 | 000,000,000 | ---D | C] -- C:\Users\Ric\AppData\Local\{F8EEB722-2679-4750-BA3D-52284B0F073A}

:Commands
[resethosts]
[emptytemp]
[Reboot]
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on April 27, 2014, 08:53:57 PM
OK will update - thanks :)
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on May 21, 2014, 02:05:43 PM
Thanks again,

ib.adnxs vanished so I have left it at that :)

Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on July 29, 2014, 05:47:11 PM
Had another bout  :o here are the logs, thanks (attached) -

Any further advice please?
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: ncarboni@prodigitalsoftware.com on July 29, 2014, 07:49:26 PM
If I were you I'd ask myself:  Why am I repeatedly getting infections?

Do you feel you're saving money by repeatedly battling infections instead of putting tools in place that will prevent them and potentially changing your computer usage habits?

-Noel
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on July 29, 2014, 08:17:49 PM
If I were you I'd ask myself:  Why am I repeatedly getting infections?

Do you feel you're saving money by repeatedly battling infections instead of putting tools in place that will prevent them and potentially changing your computer usage habits?

-Noel

Don't know. Adnxs appeared after I opened a reply from another forum - Dell Community - no idea what's causing this. Can you be a little more precise in terms of tools to prevent adnxs and computer usage habits please? Many thanks.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: ncarboni@prodigitalsoftware.com on July 30, 2014, 02:36:38 AM
It's hard to recommend specifics to others, because there is much context involved, but in broad strokes, here's what I do...  Whether you want to try to do similar things is up to you.

1.  Use the MVPS hosts file (http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm) to block the name resolution of tens of thousands of parasite web sites.  This also has the welcome side effect of blocking most ads.  Not even allowing most badware to get near your computer is a good first line of defense.

2.  Reconfigure Internet Explorer to not run ActiveX, and while allowing scripts lock down the facilities the scripts can use.  Ads running their ActiveX are a big source of malware.

3.  Go through your Internet Explorer Add-Ons and disable those you don't know you need.

4.  Practice good habits, including not downloading handy toolbars, cleaners, etc. that are more likely to cause problem than to help with anything.

5.  Make sure Avast is on task and in good working order.  It's my understanding that with the Avast Shields in place (and no exclusions) people just don't get very many infections.  But note:  This is a safety net, nothing more.  Steps 1-4 above are the real things that will keep you safe.

This is just my recommendation.  I'm sure there are others here who would recommend other approaches as well.

-Noel
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: ncarboni@prodigitalsoftware.com on July 30, 2014, 02:38:30 AM
By the way, go through the Avast settings with a fine tooth comb.  There are a lot of things (like the thoroughness of scans) that can be strengthened.  Avast tries to strike a balance between efficiency and protection.

-Noel
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: Pondus on July 30, 2014, 02:50:13 AM
Quote
1.  Use the MVPS hosts file to block the name resolution of tens of thousands of parasite web sites.  This also has the welcome side effect of blocking most ads.  Not even allowing most badware to get near your computer is a good first line of defense.
or setting up your router with OpenDNS would be easier


Quote
2.  Reconfigure Internet Explorer to not run ActiveX, and while allowing scripts lock down the facilities the scripts can use.  Ads running their ActiveX are a big source of malware.
how to do it    http://blogs.norman.com/2014/for-consumption/securing-your-browser-internet-explorer
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: ncarboni@prodigitalsoftware.com on July 30, 2014, 02:51:35 AM
Sorry, but saving a single file in a single location on your computer is hard to beat for ease of application.

-Noel
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: Pondus on July 30, 2014, 02:54:28 AM
Sorry, but saving a single file in a single location on your computer is hard to beat for ease of application.

-Noel
does it not have to be updated? .... something you dont have to think about with OpenDNS

anyway, some like this and some like that

Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: ncarboni@prodigitalsoftware.com on July 30, 2014, 03:09:10 AM
OK, I stand educated - thank you, Pondus.  Adding a couple of DNS addresses to the router configuration turned out to be quite easy.  Still, I think it's easier to download and save a file, but only a little.  :)

I see no reason not to use them both.  :)

-Noel
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on July 30, 2014, 04:11:58 PM
It's hard to recommend specifics to others, because there is much context involved, but in broad strokes, here's what I do...  Whether you want to try to do similar things is up to you.

1.  Use the MVPS hosts file (http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm) to block the name resolution of tens of thousands of parasite web sites.  This also has the welcome side effect of blocking most ads.  Not even allowing most badware to get near your computer is a good first line of defense.

2.  Reconfigure Internet Explorer to not run ActiveX, and while allowing scripts lock down the facilities the scripts can use.  Ads running their ActiveX are a big source of malware.

3.  Go through your Internet Explorer Add-Ons and disable those you don't know you need.

4.  Practice good habits, including not downloading handy toolbars, cleaners, etc. that are more likely to cause problem than to help with anything.

5.  Make sure Avast is on task and in good working order.  It's my understanding that with the Avast Shields in place (and no exclusions) people just don't get very many infections.  But note:  This is a safety net, nothing more.  Steps 1-4 above are the real things that will keep you safe.

This is just my recommendation.  I'm sure there are others here who would recommend other approaches as well.

Many thanks, Noel,

I shouldn't think Avast would pick up adnxs because it does not appear to be a virus. I am surprised Malwarebytes hasn't listed adnxs as at the very least a PUP but they obviously have not - Malwarebytes never picks up on adnxs when it invades my AOL browser.

Adnxs is authored by a data collection company called AppNexus. It is a stealth 'web beacon' and the unsuspecting web surfer picks it up visiting the Internet.

Adnxs may be a cookie - I have deleted all the cookies in AOL but analogous to a virus adnxs has always bounced back with altered pre- and/or suffix, I mean it changes its shape everytime I block it. In the past an OTL scan has seen it off but not this time. My guess is that adnxs also hides under other names.

Maybe someone should take AppNexus to court over this issue, if nothing more it is an unwarranted invasion of privacy. I am pretty certain a court action would stop the proliferation of adnxs in its tracks - it is not a robot - it is being deliberately sent out by AppNexus.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/apr/23/adnxs-tracking-trackers-cookies-web-monitoring (http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/apr/23/adnxs-tracking-trackers-cookies-web-monitoring)
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: ncarboni@prodigitalsoftware.com on July 30, 2014, 04:31:32 PM
FYI, data from the July version of the MVPS hosts file (entries within which are blocked from being contacted)...

-Noel
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on July 31, 2014, 08:01:29 PM
FYI, data from the July version of the MVPS hosts file (entries within which are blocked from being contacted)...

-Noel

Thanks,

Can I use this information to stop adnxs? I cleared my AOL browser of cookies yesterday which gave me an evening's peace, then adnxs appeared again this afternoon, I have no idea how or why - have cleared the AOL browser of cookies a second time.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 01, 2014, 12:30:11 AM

1.  Use the MVPS hosts file (http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm) to block the name resolution of tens of thousands of parasite web sites.  This also has the welcome side effect of blocking most ads.  Not even allowing most badware to get near your computer is a good first line of defense.
-Noel

How do you use this program please - do you type the names of unwanted site urls into it for example?

Thanks
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: ncarboni@prodigitalsoftware.com on August 01, 2014, 03:13:19 AM
It's not a program, it's a file that's used by Windows to resolve host names.  If something or someone tries to access a known malware website, the file resolves it to 0.0.0.0, which causes no requests to go out on the web.  It's an EXTREMELY effective way to block "parasite" web sites.

As far as how to set it up...  Follow the link I included above (click the MVPS hosts file text itself) - it describes in great detail how to do it.

-Noel
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: evalpro2@gmail.com on August 01, 2014, 09:23:51 AM
@ a_vast,

I'm a firm believer in layering your security software so that they are compatible but allow you the freedom to surf easily. 

1. What security software and what browser do you use?  IE is the least secure browser out there.  You can have more than one browser on your machine, and others are more secure with better security add-on's.  Look at some of the Evang. Signatures as an example like mine.
    a) What is your firewall?  Do you use a router?  Make sure it is a secured router.
    b) What do you use for resident and on-demand protection besides Avast (are you current with your version and how often do you scan and what type of scan?)
    c) Are your other software on your machine current?  If not, you need to update them.  Not having up to date software is a big way to get malware.  Download the new version but don't install yet.  Make sure you uninstall the older version, then reboot, then install the newer version of the software if you are updating (non-Avast software).  Some products have their own uninstaller tools, so look into this, example is Flash.  Also, don't allow for auto updating; select you select when to update so that you can delete the old version.
2. What security add-on's do you have in your browser?  [Refer to #1 above]
3. Many of us here use Malwarebytes Premium (MBAM), which works differently than an AV and is compatible with Avast.  It is worth the price!  I highly suggest it.
4. Get rid of AoL, which has been hAcked so many times.
5. To clean your cookies and temp. Internet files, get CCleaner, like most of us.  It's very effective and free.  Download the Slim version to avoid getting any toolbars from the Piriform site (the people who make it).  Most of the Evang. use this and it is reputable.
6. Change your passwords often and make them encrypted, esp. if you use AoL, but do it for everything, and never use the same password or user name for more than one site.

These are just a few suggestions.  I hope this helps.  :)
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 01, 2014, 02:57:08 PM
Wow,

Thanks Noel & Safe,

I use this (Avast) antivirus plus Malwarebytes. I have used CC Cleaner in the past & several other cleaners. To be honest I get program overload - so many softwares - but I guess I'm going to have to cope with this. AOL is useless (security) - I turned everything off yesterday including AOL animated ads, & today they are back - the software just ignores you & carries on. The wretched adnxs turns up on AOL.

IE - I'm always told to set my default browser to IE to avoid browser hi-jack, which I've had in the past. I also use FireFox and Chrome. I started using these because using Google through AOL had AOL slowing or stopping searches. I only stay with AOL because all my saved mail is with them - they have designed that to make saving mail in anything except AOL format impossible :(

It seems to me like I have to relearn Internet security.

Will update.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 01, 2014, 03:09:01 PM
Running Avast Pro. Where is the Firewall please? - it is not listed as on/off or whatever - I don't see it under 'Tools'. I changed from McAfee several years ago, their firewall was independently listed and you could access it to see who was pinging your computer.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: ncarboni@prodigitalsoftware.com on August 01, 2014, 04:45:58 PM
While it's never a bad idea to take a more active, informed role in protecting yourself from malware, my suggestion does not need a whole lot of ongoing maintenance.

And yes, most folks in the know use a multiple level defense strategy, though I personally think running multiple pieces of overlapping software is not as good an approach as more passive means.  But modern computers are VERY powerful, and the case could be made that the power is there to help protect you.

One other point:  Besides Avast being installed I personally would not use and have never used an automatic "cleaner" tool.  I don't trust some other programmer to know which bits of my data are safe to delete - they CAN'T know.  However, I have deep operating system knowledge and I *do* use other tools such as Autoruns to help me manually maintain my system, because there *is* a need for maintenance.  I understand that not everyone has the same knowledge about how to keep a system running smoothly.

-Noel
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 01, 2014, 10:56:28 PM
Thanks, am now running Malwarebytes Pro, up from the free version. Did a CCleaner about an hour ago, OTL a day ago. May run Adware cleaner later on. Just cannot understand how adnxs has eluded the virus/malware/pup categories not to be instantly picked up and zapped by one & all - is it that AppNexus are exploiting a legal loophole in what does and does not constitute malware?

Am still looking at that host file program you suggested.

May go back to my old ISP from AOL - left previous provider decades ago, a mistake I now realise.

Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: evalpro2@gmail.com on August 01, 2014, 11:17:28 PM
AoL files are very difficult to get rid of.  If you go into Safe Mode and do a search for AOL, you will most likely find a lot of files if you wish to remove AoL from your system.  However before you do that, make sure you have set up your email and everything else you need somewhere else.  For example, you can have a webmail with some other company that you get through any browser.  AoL tends to also put toolbars on most browsers and search engines (this usually can be found on your OTL and other malware removal logs when analyzed).

I don't think you need 2 cleaners on your machine; one is enough. I would stay with Ccleaner, but this is your preference.

I think you will be happy with MBAM Premium.  No maint. needed there.

Think about changing your default browser from IE to either FF or Chrome; at least they are safer.  You can still access AoL through webmail on these browsers just don't add any toolbars or any Aol add-on's.

What are you using for a firewall?  And is your router secured (encrypted)?
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 02, 2014, 03:20:22 AM
Thanks,

I presumed Avast Pro came with firewall?

Recently moved - don't yet know what the status of the router is - it is a NetGear model.

It's losing all my saved mails on aol which bothers me, there's no way I know to transfer them to something like Word or Notepad, that is a nuisance.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 02, 2014, 03:33:49 AM
Dowloaded MVPS HOST - do you run it or what please? It has not appeared on my desktop as a program, it seemed to open okay with the blue window + white script, but that was it. I also caught sight of the impressive list of malware it is aware of on the Net.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 02, 2014, 03:43:20 AM
Negative - Firewall is not activated & IE prevents me from opening Avast Store to upgrade. Great :-| No wonder I can't find Firewall listed in my Avast  :(
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: ncarboni@prodigitalsoftware.com on August 02, 2014, 04:15:47 AM
There are detailed instructions on the MVPS web site.  Read them please.

You have to save the file to a specific folder:  C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc

-Noel
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: evalpro2@gmail.com on August 02, 2014, 08:21:02 AM
Which one of these Avast products did you purchase? http://www.avast.com/en-us/lp-ppc-win-02c?cha=ppc&sen=google&ste=avast%20pro&var=56140783512&omcid=EN-US_Search_Brand&gclid=CNfuu4b0878CFc1_MgodVSoA6w (http://www.avast.com/en-us/lp-ppc-win-02c?cha=ppc&sen=google&ste=avast%20pro&var=56140783512&omcid=EN-US_Search_Brand&gclid=CNfuu4b0878CFc1_MgodVSoA6w) - you can also find it in the GUI...but once you find it, the link will tell you if you have a firewall.  However, your router needs to be encrptyed (have a secure encryption key so no one else but you knows it so it can't be hAcked) unless you are directly connected by a cable -- which is it?  Do you use WiFi?  Then you must be using a router.  And Netgear is a router.

If you are more concerned with getting your mail and setting up your browser, hold off on the MVPS  stuff for now.  You can still get your mail in ANY browser https://my.screenname.aol.com/_cqr/login/login.psp?seamless=novl&locale=us&offerId=newmail-en-us-v2&siteState=ver%3A4%7Crt%3ASTANDARD%7Cat%3ASNS%7Cld%3Amail.aol.com%7Cuv%3AAOL%7Clc%3Aen-us%7Cmt%3AANGELIA%7Csnt%3AScreenName%7Csid%3A40b8fea3-49bf-40a4-8551-1d2491b0f72d&authLev=0&sitedomain=sns.webmail.aol.com&lang=en (https://my.screenname.aol.com/_cqr/login/login.psp?seamless=novl&locale=us&offerId=newmail-en-us-v2&siteState=ver%3A4%7Crt%3ASTANDARD%7Cat%3ASNS%7Cld%3Amail.aol.com%7Cuv%3AAOL%7Clc%3Aen-us%7Cmt%3AANGELIA%7Csnt%3AScreenName%7Csid%3A40b8fea3-49bf-40a4-8551-1d2491b0f72d&authLev=0&sitedomain=sns.webmail.aol.com&lang=en) -- this is the link for AoL webmail (add it as a favorite place).  You can then open up a different email (example gmail - click "Create Acct. in upper right corner: https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin?service=mail&passive=true&rm=false&continue=https://mail.google.com/mail/&ss=1&scc=1&ltmpl=default&ltmplcache=2&emr=1 (https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin?service=mail&passive=true&rm=false&continue=https://mail.google.com/mail/&ss=1&scc=1&ltmpl=default&ltmplcache=2&emr=1)) and there is a setting to have all your other email from any account transferred over to gmail if you want automatic mail transferred so you only have to check one site.  But avoid using IE.  Try FF for now and set up your mail and browser.  Then add you add-on's like mine and some other Evang. for security.

Until you find your firewall (assuming you have one), turn on your machine's internal firewall so you have some kind of protection.

Start there, let us know how you do, and we'll help you more.  If you have problems, come back right away...we're always here.  :)
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 02, 2014, 08:27:32 PM

...You have to save the file to a specific folder:  C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc

-Noel

Done! :)
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 02, 2014, 08:31:36 PM


Until you find your firewall (assuming you have one), turn on your machine's internal firewall so you have some kind of protection.



Thanks. Avast says I need "Select Internet Security" a package which includes Firewall at about $60. That's a bit naughty isn't it, considering I just upgraded from Free to Pro? I feel like I'm paying for antivirus twice :-o
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: polonus on August 03, 2014, 02:11:54 AM
Going back to the start of the thread - this redirects to  htxp://www.appnexus.com/.
http://www.warriorforum.com/main-internet-marketing-discussion-forum/966745-ads-space-stolen-sites-like-http-www-appnexus-com.html
The legit side of the coin: https://www.ghostery.com/ru/apps/appnexus
Some proponents call it "adsense", those that are against it "ads space snatching".
If you do not like ads space snatching  - block it,

polonus
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 03, 2014, 03:20:06 AM

If you do not like ads space snatching  - block it


Dear Polonus,

Thank you. I'm afraid that appears to be a little easier to say than to do in the present instance, at least. But I shall, with kind help, persevere.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: evalpro2@gmail.com on August 03, 2014, 09:20:27 AM
Ghostery was one of the add-on's I was referring to when I suggested you look at my and other Evang. Signatures for helpful security and privacy add-on's.  There are others as well that you may want to look into.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 04, 2014, 03:02:06 PM
Thanks.

First things first please.

I have Avast Pro antivirus & it is activated. Does this mean I have Firewall of any description please? I presume there are moderators or contributors from Avast (company) on this forum & so I think this question should be quite easily addressed? There is nothing under my Avast to tell me whether I am running a Firewall or not.

The most recent eruption of adnxs occurred in tandem with the unrequested appearance of a bing page,  so I have uninstalled Bing from my system completely, and set Chrome as the default browser. Several months ago I was advised to set all my browsers to Internet Explorer to safeguard me from browser hijackers.

Have also shown 'Java' the door, any thoughts on this please?

Thanks again.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 05, 2014, 12:05:25 AM
This is what I cannot understand - my Avast Pro is activated.

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b630/r_i_c_2012/firewirequestion_zps9afb410e.jpg)

?
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: Gopher John on August 05, 2014, 01:36:02 AM
Avast Pro does not include the firewall.  http://www.avast.com/en-us/compare-antivirus (http://www.avast.com/en-us/compare-antivirus)
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 05, 2014, 01:42:33 AM
Avast Pro does not include the firewall.  http://www.avast.com/en-us/compare-antivirus (http://www.avast.com/en-us/compare-antivirus)

Thanks.

Gosh darn - can I not just upgrade to Firewall without buying the entire next package up please?
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: Gopher John on August 05, 2014, 03:05:48 AM
You could try clicking on the Upgrade button as shown in your last picture and see what the offer is.  You should be able to pay the difference.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 05, 2014, 01:47:43 PM
Okay I'll try that, thanks.

Am through with AOL. Even blocked AOL's own search program which has now started swamping the AOL page with blank searches telling me it can't load adnxs. The page carries a caveat saying AOL can't (or can't be bothered to) address third party items, ie. adnxs.

What else do I need to do in order to rid my computer of AOL please?

Thanks again.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 05, 2014, 01:54:02 PM
Also added 'AdBlock' to Chrome and FF. Not sure if this was such a good idea now - is that program any good please? Done a full MBAM and Avast scan ~ nothing negative came up. Did another CC & ADW clean.

Have now removed AOL from this pc & am accessing mail through independent browsers; since AOL was actively generating adnxs banners, even after I used the ISP browser settings to block it.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: evalpro2@gmail.com on August 06, 2014, 09:51:42 AM
If you feel comfortable going into Safe Mode, you can try searching AOL for remnants listed in this link http://www.websiteperson.com/advocate/uninstallaol90.htm (http://www.websiteperson.com/advocate/uninstallaol90.htm).  Like I mentioned earlier, it is deeply embedded in your system and hard to remove, but it can be done.  After it is done, run a cleaner to get rid of it.  Think about using a different web mail other than AoL so you are finally rid of it.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 10, 2014, 10:54:16 PM
Thanks. I will hang fire on that because I have a decade of saved mails on AOL which cannot be saved in any other format other than AOL - which is cruddy - but there it is. I guess they've done this on purpose. Anyway, AOL is off this computer so no more adnxs. I also notice that using 'Photobucket' - which has a green WOT circle - introduces unwanted rubbish like casino games into the browser - possibly 'searchqu' is hiding beneath this, but MBAM hoovers it up straight away. But what can you do - stop using the Internet entirely, which seems to be littered with these inane & intrusive progams?

I did unzip a prior suggestion to block all this stuff but it did nothing. Will review thread & see if there's anything else I can add to my security.

Thanks again & to all  :)
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: evalpro2@gmail.com on August 10, 2014, 11:30:56 PM
You're welcome.  Please let us know if we can assist you again.  Thank you.
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: bob3160 on August 11, 2014, 12:23:51 PM
The following may also be of help:
http://help.aol.com/help/microsites/microsite.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=218220 (http://help.aol.com/help/microsites/microsite.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=218220)
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: a_vast on August 11, 2014, 05:26:39 PM
The following may also be of help:
http://help.aol.com/help/microsites/microsite.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=218220 (http://help.aol.com/help/microsites/microsite.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=218220)

Thanks, I removed AOL from this computer to be free of adnxs banners which were swamping everything. I have kept AOL on a standby pc so that I can keep my saved AOL emails. If I uninstall AOL completely I will lose years of saved emails - some of them important. There is no option to backup to anything outside AOL, so I will keep the ISP on a spare computer. Unless there are avenues I have not yet explored for saving ISP mails?
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: Gopher John on August 11, 2014, 05:40:35 PM
I've never used AOL mail, so I can't check this out.  If it does work and your AOL mail is imported to GMail, then it is a simple matter to use an email client to download that mail to your computer.

Import email and contacts  .. to GMail
https://support.google.com/mail/answer/164640?hl=en (https://support.google.com/mail/answer/164640?hl=en)
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: bob3160 on August 11, 2014, 05:41:10 PM
It's very easy to migrate your AOL email to Gmail:
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-migrate-to-gmail/ (http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-migrate-to-gmail/)
Title: Re: ib.adnxs.com ?
Post by: evalpro2@gmail.com on August 12, 2014, 08:53:11 AM
I highly recommend what Bob stated, and as I stated earlier in the thread.  Use a better webmail (gmail is an example) and Import your AOL mail into that account.  Set your privacy settings and off you go into a safer mail account without all the stuff embedded into your machine.