Weird double underlined words September 13, 2012 10:01 AM   Subscribe

I'm seeing some words on Metafilter double underlined and hightligthed in red. Do I have some kind of ad virus hijacking my browser or is Metafilter adding more add content? Scrolling over the words reveals it to be soe kind of deal cabby thing. I don't know what this is... Image here.
posted by You Guys Like 2 Party? to Bugs at 10:01 AM (29 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Yep, that's definitely something third-party on your end. We don't have and never will have anything like that server-side.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:03 AM on September 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, that is definitely adware/malware/spyware of some sort.

samsara and Deezil have detailed information in their profile as to how to get rid of malware.
posted by griphus at 10:03 AM on September 13, 2012 [9 favorites]


If it is, in fact, Deal Cabby there are removal instructions here.

They also point to CCleaner which I have found to be effective in the past.
posted by cedar at 10:21 AM on September 13, 2012


Did a google search ... I found :

"Easy Inline is a part of Yontoo, a toolbar that you probably installed - or else it was installed along with something else that you wanted. This page tells you how to disable or remove it: http://www.easyinline.com/support"
posted by crunchland at 10:35 AM on September 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Post this to AskMe. This may be known malware and there may be a known fix already. Deezil's instructions are for cases where you've tried everything and can't get rid of it, and the normal last resort of saving your data and reinstalling the operating system is also not an option. Hopefully you won't have to go there.

(OK. Looks like we're getting answers already without doing that.)
posted by nangar at 10:44 AM on September 13, 2012


"something else that you wanted"... that's quite a phrase.
posted by boo_radley at 10:49 AM on September 13, 2012


"something else that you wanted"... that's quite a phrase.

It's the most delicate way of describing how you end up with an STD.
posted by nanojath at 10:53 AM on September 13, 2012 [23 favorites]


Weird. I went to my extensions in Chrome and didn't see it. So I deleted some other extensions I had, it nearly crashed my computer but I got them deleted. It must have been hiding within one of those other extensions because now everything's back to normal. Thanks guys!
posted by You Guys Like 2 Party? at 11:01 AM on September 13, 2012


First successful Ask MetaTalk?
posted by Rock Steady at 11:45 AM on September 13, 2012 [6 favorites]


I saw Yontoo on a machine I was working on, and I forget how it got there, but it was something fairly innocuous that I thought "why in the absolute fuck would they bundle shitware with their product". Whatever it was, I uninstalled it, did my MalwareBytes scan, and things got handled. Run my full profile if you feel inclined, but a MalwareBytes run ought to do it.
posted by deezil at 12:17 PM on September 13, 2012


Don't let them lie to you. Matt has quietly sold Metafilter to SEO Synergistic Dynamics, LLC. You were just part of the A|B testing to see if anyone would notice.

The above statement may be complete bullshit.
posted by double block and bleed at 1:04 PM on September 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


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posted by Rock Steady at 1:27 PM on September 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


I blame SEOgrandmaster2203.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 1:32 PM on September 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


The problem's already been solved, but Deezil's name has been invoked, so I'd like to take this opportunity to say he is a prince amongst men. He's been helping me through a computer issue of my own that is proving to be very thorny and complicated, and is very good at dealing with my own personal panic attacks (which so far have been legion).
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:16 AM on September 14, 2012


(Um - MY problem hasn't been solved. I mean "You Guys Like 2 Party's" problem has been solved. I'm still completely fucked myself.)
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posted by Rock Steady at 6:50 AM on September 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


Just happened to me, too. First time ever. Added as a datapoint. Only appears to be an issue with Metafilter.
posted by mudpuppie at 8:20 PM on September 14, 2012


Mine was an adware javascript thing stored in my Firefox profile. Don't know where it came from. Downloaded Avast and it found it immediately.
posted by mudpuppie at 9:28 AM on September 15, 2012


Ok, I just started seeing this exact same thing on MetaFilter today. A bunch of red underlined links on MetaFilter that say DealCabby when I highlight over them. My Firefox Add-ons don't include "DealCabby". I checked MetaTalk immediately and this thread was here.
posted by dgaicun at 12:39 PM on September 15, 2012


I don't have Yontoo or DealCabby (or much of anything else) listed under my Firefox Add-ons. How else do I get rid of this?
posted by dgaicun at 12:45 PM on September 15, 2012


O.K. I found the offending Add-on.

A rogue Firefox plugin called "Shockwave Flash 11.4.402.265".
posted by dgaicun at 12:53 PM on September 15, 2012


And for the record, I thought you had added the red to signify when people make their links but forget to include the URL. Creating a link that reloads the thread and wastes everybody's time.

I think you should make it so people can't post their comments until they close their tags, or complete their links.
posted by dgaicun at 12:59 PM on September 15, 2012


" A rogue Firefox plugin called "Shockwave Flash 11.4.402.265"."

No, wait that is my Shockwave Flash plugin. I suppose that means whatever the real problem is, it relies on my browser's Flash capability. So I'm back to not knowing what to do.
posted by dgaicun at 1:17 PM on September 15, 2012


Here's a recent (unanswered) thread underlining the same problem. It doesn't show up in the Safari browser I never use either. Just Firefox. None of my add-ons seem to be the probem.
posted by dgaicun at 1:32 PM on September 15, 2012


Flash plugin reinstall seems to have taken care of the problem.
posted by dgaicun at 3:33 PM on September 15, 2012


Here's an odd, related question.

After doing lots of virus and malware checks, and after installing Avast, I started having problems accessing web pages. That seems to be solved now, EXCEPT that I still can't access the site of my local grocery store. (I wanted to look at the sales ad. *sobs*)

Can anyone else access Nugget's website, or is it some weird problem on my end? Doesn't work on any device in the house, including smartphones running on only their data connections.
posted by mudpuppie at 4:09 PM on September 15, 2012


"Unable to connect" for me mudpuppie.
posted by dgaicun at 4:17 PM on September 15, 2012


Glad to hear it. I'm not going to be paranoid about having caused it, either.
posted by mudpuppie at 4:28 PM on September 15, 2012


I would like to take this opportunity to introduce one of the web's most useful questions: "is it down for everyone, or just me?"
I have no affiliation with this website, I just think everyone should know about it.
posted by ManyLeggedCreature at 1:18 PM on September 16, 2012


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