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In answer to your question, a resounding yes. Many sites have unscrupulous adverts on their sites, and worse, some of them want you to download this or that to "watch their videos" (usually disguised as some needed codec or something to fool the unsuspecting - free football streams do the same too)

Also, Norton is not really good security. It's slow, its clunky, and not the best protection out there. There's actually free ones which are better, but like has been said above, no protection is perfect.

You need to update your anti virus, and run a full scan.

also download and install Malwarebytes and do a scan with it too. just make sure to UNTICK the PRO Trial when installing, to get the free version.

http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html

Also, as has been suggested, i'd install adblock in your browser, and I would also install and apply cryptoprevent, these can help stop you getting nasties in your system.

http://www.fooli****.com/vb6-projects/cryptoprevent/ (oops thats foolish it with no spaces, OCN's picking it up as a bad word!)

http://adblockplus.org

I'd also suggest changing your antivirus to Avast, but its down to personal preference, with many suggesting other good ones. AVG isn't bad, but not great, kapersky can be reasonable, as can a few others. Norton/McAfee are the mass market ones trading on a name, not for what they do. I like Avast because of the boot time scan facility, but it has been getting bloated of late.

You can look at these sites if you want an idea of how good an AV package is -

http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-user/windows-7/julaug-2013/

http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php

Anyway, I hope you get your machine cleaned up (might need to in more ways than one biggrin.gif ) and get protection in place before you go surfing the seedy side of the web again.

Blitz6804: "Edited for continuity."
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You're probably safe in general if you block as many ads as possible, never click them, and never install anything to view a video that isn't working.

Advertisements and fake codec packages are where most of them are, and enough people fall for those that it's not really worth the effort to do anything more inventive.
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Like everything else, investigating the site it self is an important step.

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You're probably safe in general if you block as many ads as possible, never click them, and never install anything to view a video that isn't working.

Advertisements and fake codec packages are where most of them are, and enough people fall for those that it's not really worth the effort to do anything more inventive.

My favorite is, "Your Flash player is out of date, click here to update". Umm yeah, Thanks but...................no.
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