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  • What happened?
    I will load a page from OCN and will randomly get a redirect to some fake adobe reader site and it will automatically download "Installer.exe" which I believe is fake and malicious.

  • Are you able to reproduce this problem consistently?
    Yes, however, it only occurs after visiting about 10 new pages, then I'll get a redirect. I'm not sure if its a specific ad that's doing this.

  • What steps did you take to reproduce this problem?
    Load any thread.

  • What action did you expect to occur when this bug appeared?
    It didn't give me time or a chance to cancel the redirect or cancel the download. It is a small .exe file and it downloads quickly. I will then close the tab and delete the download.

  • Any additional information that will help us diagnose the issue:
    This only happens on the desktop version. Mobile doesn't have this issue.

  • Browser, active browser addons, and operating system:
    Chrome, stock. Running Norton Antivirus and also MWB. I did full scans with both after receiving this redirect. They're unable to detect anything. I've also clear my cache and cookies. Still receive the same redirect.

  • URL where the issue occurs:
    I haven't captured it yet but I will when it happens again.

post #2 of 10
I'll see if I can get this to happen to me on Chrome. Then I'll give it a shot with my WaterFox and all addons disabled. Back in a few.
EDIT: Is it when you open a thread or will it happen if you post in a thread as well?

EDIT2: Try to keep track of what ads are on the page when this happens.
Edited by AcEsSalvation - 11/25/14 at 7:12am
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https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1435362
I saw this and thought it might be of interest.
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post #4 of 10

Hey guys,

 

Thanks for the investigation. Has anybody been able to reproduce this, or reliably see what ads are appearing on the page when this redirect occurs?

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This sounds like a piece of adware or malware. What operating system are you running?
Please perform the following steps
1. download and run adw cleaner, link> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/dl/125/?ul.to
2. download and run malwarebytes, link> https://ninite.com/malwarebytes/
3. if you are running windows 7 download and run combofix, link> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/combofix/dl/12/
note* please disable any antivirus real time scanners while these 3 programs run. Combofix will not run on windows 8. Combofix disables the network connectivity of the machine during the scanning process.

these 3 alone have fixed many client computers that were having redirected webpages.

I know adblocker is frowned upon due to OCN relying on the ads for keeping the servers up but you could install one just for a day to see if it performs any different or not.
Update back with any results. good luck thumb.gif
post #6 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by XanderTheGoober View Post

This sounds like a piece of adware or malware. What operating system are you running?
Please perform the following steps
1. download and run adw cleaner, link> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/dl/125/?ul.to
2. download and run malwarebytes, link> https://ninite.com/malwarebytes/
3. if you are running windows 7 download and run combofix, link> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/combofix/dl/12/
note* please disable any antivirus real time scanners while these 3 programs run. Combofix will not run on windows 8. Combofix disables the network connectivity of the machine during the scanning process.

these 3 alone have fixed many client computers that were having redirected webpages.

I know adblocker is frowned upon due to OCN relying on the ads for keeping the servers up but you could install one just for a day to see if it performs any different or not.
Update back with any results. good luck thumb.gif

+1, sounds like malware to me
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I couldn't get anything.
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I get with gmail also, laptop running 24/7
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Thread Starter 
Its not the wireless router or modem that's infected. I'm at work and I just got the redirect and download... So its definitely something unrelated to my PC. I get it on my desktop and laptop. This laptop hasn't been used in quite awhile and I just swapped out the HDD on it...

I still feel like its related to the site. I don't get it any other sites or any other time I'm browsing. ONLY when OCN is up....
post #10 of 10
No problem here on 2 computer and cellphone. Opera iexplorer and Chrome

One of the program you use may have installed something that do that.

Run Malwarebyte simple to use and fix 90% of time the problem smile.gif
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