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I ran a free security sweep recommended by someone on the General Asylum today. Now I'm getting a "pop-up" bar and an alarm tone whenever I open a new Asylum page.
The screen shot is reduced via posting, so the warning may not be legible. If so, the warning reads: "To help protect your security, Internet Explorer has blocked the website from displaying content with security certificate errors. Click here for options..."
Could this be the supposedly free anti-spyware program has done something, or is this a legitimate alert?
Update: I discovered that signing in to my Asylum account eliminates the warnings. But I frequently visit the Asylum without signing in, and this issue didn't begin until yesterday.
Edits: 02/09/12Follow Ups:
Another user noticed these messages popped up when he did a Windows update. I can only guess that Microsoft now considers Google to be the boogeyman.
There's probably a browser setting to turn these off for selected sites or you can use Firefox or just login as you noticed the messages went away after login.
Yesterday was my day off, and I noticed that as I visited a few more sites which I frequent, I'd get the same warning. It's simply that I almost always visit the Asylum first.
As I stated to the poster below, I removed Malwarebytes last night, and the warnings seem to have stopped.
Of course I could be the guy who just disconnected his burglar alarm and is bragging about it. I really don't think so though. Too many Asylum Inmates who don't have the alerts for it to be an Asylum issue.
legitimate, no hidden agenda to the programs. Even some Microsoft techs recommend using Malwarebytes and at one time, or so I've been told, its code was part of BestBuy's “in house use only” MRI CD, used to disinfect customer PCs brought in to the BestBuy “Geek Squad”.
For complete instructions on disinfecting any PC, I recommend the MajorGeeks.com site FAQ. It will walk anyone through it step by step. Link follows;
MajorGeeks Malware Removal/Cleaning Procedure
And, for a list of “rogue” or fake antivirus, anti-malware programs see;
Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products
I can say I've dealt with recalcitrant PCs since the Radio Shack TRS 80 days and DOS tapes up to today's Windows 8, Ubuntu and OpenBSD, multi-core cpu, dual video card HDMI multi-display systems. I've always done my own tech support including building the PCs, installing multi-boot operating systems and repairing them when they crash or break. Really the hard part of it is first determining if one is dealing with a hardware or software issue. You'd be surprised how often a problem is due to an aging power supply or bad ram. Not to mention when someone rips loose a USB peripheral and damages the socket and laptops really get the usb sockets damaged often. A pain to solder a new one in but not as much of a hassle as solder wicking an HDMI socket.
PS. another good site one might take a look at for PC issues is bleeping computer;
Malwarebytes found "errors" on my computer, tracking cookies, registry errors, etc. but no spyware or malware. I didn't intend to imply that that it was a false spyware program, but it could have been taken that way.
As I visited more sites, I was getting the warning for them too. Perhaps the security setting for Malwarebytes was set too high. I ended up deleting the program last night, and the pop-up warnings have stopped.
I'll continue to use SuperAntiSpyware, since it seems to work. It doesn't do more than I wanted it to (like cleaning the registry) and it doesn't seem paranoid about sites I visit frequently.
Thanks again for posting all the information you did. I really appreciate you taking the time!
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