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Author: tpault Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 188747  
Subject: Topic Torch: TMF or Virus? Date: 12/11/2012 6:45 AM
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Now when I come to TMF there is a popup "toolbar" or should I call it a "foolbar" or should I call it a "Foolbar"? It is a search bar with links like "Related: Merrill Lynch/Buy Stock Online/Online Stock Trading/Stock Market Quotes, etc."

There is a T that when clicked takes me here: http://www.topictorch.com/settings.aspx

At that "Topic Torch" page there is hardly anything there except a prominent "disable" button. Yeah, right, like I'm going to click a disable button that a popup led me to.

I understand popups and that TMF has to make money. However, this is disguised as a tool bar search engine, most generally of which, you specifically need to install or approve of before it becomes stuck on your screen.

So my question is, is this a TMF popup? Or am I infected? Should I use the red "disable" buttoon at that link? Has TMF taken to installing a popup search bar, which seems suspicious like it could be a virus or infection or trojan or malware?

Thanks,

Paul T.
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Author: Philipo Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 182879 of 188747
Subject: Re: Topic Torch: TMF or Virus? Date: 12/11/2012 7:50 AM
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"I understand popups and that TMF has to make money. However, this is disguised as a tool bar search engine, most generally of which, you specifically need to install or approve of before it becomes stuck on your screen."

I don't see it (not even on IE8) so it must be you. If you're getting TMF pop ups then your browser isn't set up very well.

"So my question is, is this a TMF popup? Or am I infected? Should I use the red "disable" buttoon at that link? Has TMF taken to installing a popup search bar, which seems suspicious like it could be a virus or infection or trojan or malware?"

I have no idea what it is but If you think it's malware why the #*&^ would you press a red button? Didn't you ever watch bugs bunny or daffy cartoons when you were a kid? You NEVER press the red one!!
http://youtu.be/gms_NKzNLUs?t=3m53s
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Author: jerryab Big gold star, 5000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 182889 of 188747
Subject: Re: Topic Torch: TMF or Virus? Date: 12/11/2012 3:37 PM
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I don't see it either, so some setting you have is allowing it through.

I would recommend switching to Chrome and dump IE. Many of my problems "went away" after I made the switch a couple months ago.

That was based on the recommendation of the site manager for a large newspaper. I was planning to drop them because of all the problems I was having (I was using IE). He said to switch to Chrome because there were far fewer problems with Chrome than IE8 or IE9. He was right.

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Author: tpault Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 182893 of 188747
Subject: Re: Topic Torch: TMF or Virus? Date: 12/11/2012 6:06 PM
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why the #*&^ would you press a red button?

What could happen? A piano falls on my head? Yeah, meep meep mutha $R#$% to you too.

But seriously, some fixes say to use a spyware removal tool. Oh, silly me, that's what I thought I paid good money for Kaspersky for.

So my question is, does anyone know a reputable site I can go to so I can find a spyware removal tool?

It's gotta be an easy one, for like, dummies. Otherwise I'll just go buy another laptop and throw this one in the trash.

By the way, I tried a different browser and something called Yontoo, which I think is a virus associated with Topic Torch, has weaved itself into Google Chrome as well.

I'll try a restore point but it's only letting me choose a restore no longer ago than last week. What's the point? Why don't they allow for some permanant restore points.

Thanks,

Paul

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Author: grouse100 Big gold star, 5000 posts Feste Award Nominee! Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 182895 of 188747
Subject: Re: Topic Torch: TMF or Virus? Date: 12/11/2012 6:13 PM
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If you would spend a little more time listening rather than pontificating, you'd know to get Malwarebytes from CNET and/or look in add/remove programs - programs and features to see if they are there.

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Author: chasb Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 182948 of 188747
Subject: Re: Topic Torch: TMF or Virus? Date: 12/16/2012 12:07 AM
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Banish TMF ads and popups forever with Ad Block Plus.

Charlie

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