THIS IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT.
Today, the second of january, I found these small green arrows all over tumblr and other websites.
It doesn’t just affect links, it affects normal words in texts as well, and if you click on them, it redirects it to an advertisement. Seems harmless.
The first and second picture is examples of the links, arrows and the advertisements, the third picture is of a program I found installed on my computer.
It probably happened when I browsed around streams yesterday trying to watch Sherlock Series 3 (which was lovely, by the way.) and a lot of advertisement windows opened. I closed them immediately.
When I launched my browser today I got a similar advertisement, but again, I closed it immediately without looking at it.
I run avast antivirus on my computer. It’s always up to date and up until now, I’ve never had a virus. It always stops me on the actual site, if it contains a trojan or anything. I can’t do anything unsafe.
This means, the virus is brand new.
If avast doesn’t pick it up, and avast is upgraded multiple times a day, it’s kind of serious.
That’s why I’m telling you,
SIGNAL BOOST THIS.
If you have seen this before or it’s happened to you, please signal boost the crap out of it.
Signal boost it anyway.
Run a full scan on your computer, search for malware och spyware as well.
THIS IS SERIOUS.
I have been seeing these arrows, too, but I didn’t find that program on my system when I went looking for it. But, I have noticed annoying things trying to open when I am browsing my usual, normal things. Just do not open anything you do not purposely intend to open and run. Look through your installed program list and if anything sticks out and looks weird, Google it. If it’s not from a reliable source, like microsoft, or is not something you, yourself, purposely installed on the system, uninstall it. Just definitely be careful not to uninstall some Microsoft components, or you could really mess up your computer (been there, done that)!
If you think you have a virus, I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend HitManPro (and yes, I have Avast)! I had a virus on an older computer of mine (in a moment of weakness), that made the system freeze up and crash after some apparantly normal use. My boyfriend, being a computer programmer, tried to clear it out, but was having a hell of a time doing so. I went, on a whim, and looked for a virus removal program and found HitManPro, and that cleared it out, and all I had to do was reinstall an audio driver, and it was just like the virus had never been there. Perfect!
Just a tip from one who has been there before.
Also, I have seen programs that, when installed, claim that they are published by Google, and use a little logo to look similar. Just be aware of those, as well.