Underlined Links in Web Pages

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Danno, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. Danno

    Danno Guest

    Hi all,

    I recently noticed a whole lot of underlined links in every webpage I visit.
    These are bogus links that just take me to some advertising site. Annoying
    isn't the word for it.

    I've done a little research and came to the conclusion that I have some sort
    of adware or spyware on my computer. I ran Ad-Aware and it found several
    critters, which it removed. But I could run Ad-Aware again a half hour
    later, and it will find another one. According to Spybot, there are no more
    spies on the computer, and according to Norton, there are no viruses. But
    clearly there's something causing these annoying false links. I upgraded to
    IE7 yesterday, naively thinking that would fix the problem, but it didn't.

    I'd sure appreciate some help with this issue.

    Thanks for your help.

    Danno, Nov 12, 2006
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  2. Danno

    HeyBub Guest

    The links come from the web site you're visiting (check the source code and
    you'll see the HTML code that causes the underline).

    You can go to Tools/Internet Options/Advanced and check the box: "Underline
    links/Never" to make them go away.
    HeyBub, Nov 12, 2006
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  3. Danno

    Danno Guest

    Nope Bub, that solution did not work. When I selected "Never", as per your
    instructions, what that did was to take the underline from the legitimate
    links. However, the phoney links to bogus advertising sites are still there
    AND STILL UNDERLINED. And they're all colored green, just to as a little
    more insult. Something else is causing me this grief.

    All suggestions are appreciated.
    Danno, Nov 12, 2006
  4. You appear to have a malware infection.

    Help with malware
    All MS-MVP Sites.

    Unexplained computer behavior may be caused by deceptive software.

    So How Did I Get Infected Anyway?
    For quite a few people it's by installing Messenger Plus, whose ads for
    malware don't identify the malware as such and try to convince you that you
    owe it to the author. See also:
    Don't ever do a "default" install of anything. Always choose Custom and see
    what else is being carried along. Don't install any extras you're not sure
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Nov 12, 2006
  5. Danno

    Danno Guest

    Hey Frank. Finally someone agrees with me. In the past few minutes, I've
    discovered something. It doesn't matter which web page I'm on, these
    underlined, green coloured links (sometimes as short as one word like "pay"
    or " shopping")....these annoying links take me to the same god damned site.
    http://directory.453searches.cmo I only put this link here to try help
    solve my very aggravating problem. I did not put this link in here to catch
    or screw up anybody else. And I changed the last two letters just in case
    some innocent person accidentally hit the link. I don't want to cause grief
    for anybody else.

    I'd appreciate if you could respond to this message Frank, before I go
    testing all the much appreciated malware assistant sites you've listed
    below. I really appreciate you help on this.

    Danno, Nov 12, 2006
  6. I said before that you appeared to have a malware infection. Now I'm sure
    of it. Go to one of the sites I gave.
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Nov 12, 2006
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