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  • Resolved Johnmarkc


    A few days ago My alexa ranking starting to increase…dramatically and I could not figure out why until I looked back at a few posts.

    I discovered there “are” words that are set as links, such as the word ‘are’ in the sentence and when I hover over it…it’s a link to something completely off topic and an advertisement to someone else’s site.

    This to me is some kind of malicious ad.

    When I go to my source code of the page, the link isn’t there but it is on the blog post live!

    It’s a hover over ad. Looks colorful but it’s not my creation!


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  • What’s an example page that these links are on?

    One thing to think about though… If the links don’t show up in the pages source code, then your browser is adding them itself, not your website. This normally happens when you install a bad broser extension, or your browser gets infected by a virus or trojan or some other malicious code. I’d do a full virus and security scan on your PC before doing anything else, just in case.

    I discovered what this was: An internet “bug” added as a cookie into my browser.

    The thing made links to other people’s sites that I see. I had a few friends check on their browser and the links were not in the articles.

    As a solution to this “bug” I deleted all my cookies, history, temporary internet files and started fresh with a reboot and then scrubbed my hard-drive with malwarebites. I also removed a few “unknown” add-ons from my browser.


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