I'm familiar with the new protocol, whereby it is preferable to use "anchor text" for links instead of a link capsule. That's fine. However, I'm editing a couple of older hubs that need to be merged into one. In one of them, there are several links within the text, and I did not put them there!! How did they get there, and why? It is overkill, because the word is made into a link every time it appears! Very annoying.
I'm removing them manually, but I want to know how that happened in the first place, and be sure it does not happen again.
This seems like a famous case of text ads. And the way you describe it, it also seems like they are caused by some external program. Are you actually getting rid of them manually via the edit mode? If yes then it's something else.
Good question. I'm interested in knowing why and how this happens.
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Are those hubs by any chance transferred lenses? I know that Squidoo used text ads in our lenses. Maybe they're leftovers from the old Squidoo time.
When you click those links, do you see any ad? I do not suspect them to be text ads. It is something else. Some glitch that took place during previous editings made unknowingly by you or something like that.
I would like to know the reasons and solutions if HP can clear it.
In the past when people have reported this kind of thing happening, it's been some kind of malware or adware on their own computer. HubPages doesn't do in-text ads, even on old Squidoo lenses.
oh, ugh! That stinks, Marisa! Our anti-virus program did expire, and we could not afford the renewal cost.
So, I'm basically relying on the firewall with our ISP and any such updates as Microsoft sees fit to apply.
I thought it might be Google, not HP. sigh,,,
I agree with VM. Free anti-virus and malware downloads protect your PC from virtually all infection. I've used the free AVG for the last 10 years and never had a problem. I'm currently trying out the free versions of Avira Connect in tandem with Malware anti-bytes and they seem fine too (although the scans seem to take longer so I may switch back to the free AVG.)
True, Beth. I also used AVG for 2,3 years and found it very safe and good. Later, when I switched my PC, I shifted to Comodo Internet Security which is already installed in it by my son.
Thank you both. I was able to find the free Malwarebytes, and ran it. It found no issues at all. So that leaves no solution for the original weird problem...
It may not always be a Malware. Sorry about my short reply earlier. I was heading to an exam lol. It's more likely to be a plugin installed on your browser than a malware. Something that you recently installed or updated would have done this.
If you're using chrome just type this in your URL bar: chrome://plugins/ and look if there's something out of the ordinary there. It's been a while since I used firefox, but a simple google search will let you know how to get to the plugins on there or any other browser.
@Dzy . . .does your PC have an internal program named "Windows Defender?" I have an Acer laptop and it was included in the software. It works decently, but Norton standard anti-virus/malware is also worth a second look.
This message to you was approved by me, Kenneth Avery, who is taking time out from watching the Presidential Inaugural festivies to help you, my good friend. Thanks.
Ah, thanks, Kenneth. And Yes, my PC does have that...I had to search all the way to the bottom of the menu, and all the way to the bottom of the selections within THAT menu.
They sure didn't make it easy to find. But, it's apparently automatically running, so I feel better about not being able to buy the other software.
Great job! I received the Norton for Christmas, but I knew that it ran around $40.00 for the standard version. And I found out today that a computer tech friend of mine did not approve of Norton. Where was he before Christmas????
Just use common sense and run your MalWare Bytes which has a Free Download online and you should be fine.
My husband also has a computer background; he was a hardware/software configuration specialist.
He likes neither Norton nor MacAfee. We had been using Webroot; and it's not horribly pricey, but it was just enough to be outside of our limited budget.
@Dzy, you are very blessed. I challenge you to tell your
gifted husband how great it is having him around. I am
very serious. (not a bad hub idea, huh?)
Then he should know that Avast or Avira, both absolutely free, will do the job. You need more than Defender
That's what he was doing before he was forced to retire from disability. His certs are obsolete by now; he's probably never heard of those two...
You definitely need one of those two programs, MsLizzy. Defender is not enough on its own.
Before I am accused of starting problems, "I apologize to you for not
knowing more about anti-virus/malware programs."
Just wanted to get this to you.
But, I had avast free software previously and even then, I experienced some problems through spyware catching my network. Unwanted and obscene ads showed up on my sites due to that.
I believe windows defender prevents even such virus and hackers entering through the network connections.
@Marisa, before reading your post I did not know
about Vista or Avira. I was simply sharing what I
knew and what worked.
So, @Dzy, you have that Windows Defender installed in your computer already! And, your husband himself well equipped with all these things! Then, why do you worry? You have no security or virus threats as far as I believe. As Kenneth assured you, you are a lucky woman and enjoy it.
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