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    Desktop Adverts


    Today I left my pc on the desktop whilst I got ready to go to work, and when I returned there was a 'Microsoft sponsored' advert on my screen for some software or something. Nothing online was 'live'. The url was channel157.com or something similar.

    Message for you Microsoft and anybody else reading this - PISS OFF, If I want to read ads, unsolicited ads, on my pc - I'll turn it off first and take up gardening!!! Its an intrusion and I'll sue.

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    If you feel strongly enough about unwanted Microsoft ads you might want to call & complain :

    Microsoft Product Support Customer Phone Number | Shortest Wait | Best Support | GetHuman.com
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    Thanks Dave.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    It may be a virus though. :"Channel157.com" is not related to MS in any way shape or form

    channel157.com Whois Lookup & IP | Whois.net

    You could have a Virus or a Rootkit, and even tough there are no instances of IE apparently running, check your running processes and see if there are any hidden instances of IE. If so, you have some kind of virus that has hijacked your IE. Try running TDSSKILLER and Malwarebytes Anti Rootkit as well as GMER and Sophos
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post
    Today I left my pc on the desktop whilst I got ready to go to work, and when I returned there was a 'Microsoft sponsored' advert on my screen for some software or something. Nothing online was 'live'. The url was channel157.com or something similar.

    Message for you Microsoft and anybody else reading this - PISS OFF, If I want to read ads, unsolicited ads, on my pc - I'll turn it off first and take up gardening!!! Its an intrusion and I'll sue.
    What exactly makes you think this was "Microsoft Sponsored"? Because it said so? You believe that? And you believe the popups that say your Adobe Flash is out of date too?
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    USA, Idaho
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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    It may be a virus though. :"Channel157.com" is not related to MS in any way shape or form

    channel157.com Whois Lookup & IP | Whois.net

    You could have a Virus or a Rootkit, and even tough there are no instances of IE apparently running, check your running processes and see if there are any hidden instances of IE. If so, you have some kind of virus that has hijacked your IE. Try running TDSSKILLER and Malwarebytes Anti Rootkit as well as GMER and Sophos

    ^^Bookmark this reply, and do not forget it.^^

    You have been conned, there is no way that MS caused the Avert on your screen if they had then you are the only one on planet earth to have received this Advert thus you should feel lucky to be so special.

    Sorry if I came on a little strong, albeit it seems that when this happens to folks the first the thing they do is to blame the OS manufacture regardless if it is MS, Apple, or one of the Linux flavors.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    ANY item that pops up on your screen, is possibly a virus of some type, -even "Antivirus" messages. Remember the Virus that took over XP's security center? It looked exactly like security center, but it was not. The people who make these things try to make them look like the system generated it. Sirefef actually hijacks Defender, and you have to rename the defender program and folder to keep it from running. It also deletes your Firewall. Check your Firewall, if it is not running try to turn it on, if it will not turn on, well then you have Sirefef.
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    Adelaide
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    The people who make these things try to make them look like the system generated it.
    One way to possibly protect yourself is to "Personalise" your Windows GUI (e.g. change the Font Type, Font Style or the Colour Scheme).
    This only works against poorly written malware.

    Years ago I saw one of those fake XP alerts.
    I knew it was a fake message as it used the default blue colour scheme (I was using the XP silver scheme).
    Last edited by lehnerus2000; 20 Jul 2013 at 23:03. Reason: Quote Added
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    definitely nothing to do with Microsoft. I don't think it is a virus either. It is related to film channel sites. Ring any bells?
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Any Bells? How about these:

    Domain Name: CHANNEL157.COM
    Registrar: FABULOUS.COM PTY LTD. Whois Server: whois.fabulous.com Referral URL: Fabulous.com - Premium Services for Domain Name Professionals
    Name Server: DNS1.BB-DNS.COM Name Server: DNS2.BB-DNS.COM Status: clientTransferProhibited Updated Date: 23-dec-2012 Creation Date: 23-nov-2005 Expiration Date: 23-nov-2013
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