I'm careful about my activity on the Internet. I don't download video, music, programs, movies, etc. I run virus checks regularly. However, somewhere along the line I picked up something that opens a separate window every time I go to the TVGuide.com site. It's a banner ad for Netflix.
Generally it is a Netflix banner ad that says "Get Netflix for FREE. . . Free Trial . . . Click here" with a domain reference of ZedoDOTcom on it somehow tied to every time I load TVGuide.com into my browser.
The first few times I simply closed the window thinking it was something with TVGuide.com. Then I deleted any cookies I had dealing with TVGuide, Zedo, click, ads, banners, anything I could see that might be an advertising cookie. Then I ran a couple of virus scanners, checked my registry, things I knew (I'm not an expert, just a long time user), and found it was still there. My next step is to reinstall Firefox. If that doesn't work, start from a newly formatted hard drive and start over. I really don't want to do that.
I bring this to your attention in hopes someone might have some idea what this is and how to get rid of it. At the same time, you might consider putting something on your site to help others that may run into this.
However, somewhere along the line I picked up something that opens a separate window every time I go to the TVGuide.com site
Zedo is an "advertising" company that apparently has Netflix as customer. You can report Zedo to Zedo(!) by filling out the form here if you want (or think it'll help). The Wikipedia article has a little info on their methods...
For a thorough cleanup I'd go with "Spybot Search & Destroy", that is set to quarantine the Zedo software, even if Spybot S&D is a little clunky (and slow). You can then delete it (the spyware, not the antivirus).
And then I'd consider avoiding tvguide.com in the future.
No, no, no. The way it works is that first the serious guys come in with straight and hopefully helpful answer and once that's out of the way, this opens the thread up for snark.
But you've got to make your own snark, man! And there's a lot of material to choose from here: a poster who includes his educational degree in his screen name. And who is apparently ready to reformat his hard drive just because of one pop up ad.
If all else fails, you can always fall back on fart or dick jokes.
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