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Is this done with Google ads or CloudScout?

I cannot use AFF with IE9 or Firefox as it is infested with Cloudscout and random ads appear distorting the browser window.

Flyertalk and anything else I use appears OK.
 

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Not sure if relevant, our corporate deployment is IE9 and a update last week broke a lot of functionality in our external corporate travel booking, banking applications
 

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Is this done with Google ads or CloudScout?

I cannot use AFF with IE9 or Firefox as it is infested with Cloudscout and random ads appear distorting the browser window.

Flyertalk and anything else I use appears OK.
John,
I suggest you send admin a PM.

I'm not in a position to do so at the moment.
 

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And then the CloudScout ads stopped all of a sudden.

Something weird is happening. I cannot see the CloudScout adware anywhere on my laptop. I would have thought if I did have CloudScout adware then all browsing would be affected?

Interesting researching CloudScout. Not a virus but Adware. Gets on the machine via free downloads. Can be malicious. Can takeover the browsing experience which happened to me. Is an invasion of privacy. They have a privacy policy and terms of use on their webpage. No uninstall though.
 

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Is this done with Google ads or CloudScout?

I cannot use AFF with IE9 or Firefox as it is infested with Cloudscout and random ads appear distorting the browser window.

Flyertalk and anything else I use appears OK.

We don't- and never have - used CloudScout. As far as I can tell it is not an Ad Network anyway, but something which the user loads on their computer!
 

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CloudScout is adware / malware, not an ad network. It was likely installed when another piece of software was installed, or covertly installed when visiting another website and (mis)clicking on a link.

It appears that CloudScout tends to show up on any given website, so it's not limited to certain websites or just popups.

There are removal instructions available online, but things like this tend to be quite difficult to completely remove.
 

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We don't- and never have - used CloudScout. As far as I can tell it is not an Ad Network anyway, but something which the user loads on their computer!
That's OK. Whatever was happening has stopped happening. Very strange.
 

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CloudScout is adware / malware, not an ad network. It was likely installed when another piece of software was installed, or covertly installed when visiting another website and (mis)clicking on a link.

It appears that CloudScout tends to show up on any given website, so it's not limited to certain websites or just popups.

There are removal instructions available online, but things like this tend to be quite difficult to completely remove.
All the removal instructions are an ad to purchase some sort of anti adware/malware tool.

FWIW I used Ninemsn, AFF, Flyertalk and one other website and CloudScout only appeared on AFF.

I was worried so went off to Firefox and fired up GMail and AFF and guess what? CloudScout on AFF only.

Shutdown AFF from both and CloudScout not active. Ran an AVG anti virus scan with the free version and CloudScout has disappeared. Has not been seen since.
 

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And then the CloudScout ads stopped all of a sudden.

Something weird is happening. I cannot see the CloudScout adware anywhere on my laptop. I would have thought if I did have CloudScout adware then all browsing would be affected?

Interesting researching CloudScout. Not a virus but Adware. Gets on the machine via free downloads. Can be malicious. Can takeover the browsing experience which happened to me. Is an invasion of privacy. They have a privacy policy and terms of use on their webpage. No uninstall though.

Maybe you Anti Virus software caught up and snuffed it?
 

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All the removal instructions are an ad to purchase some sort of anti adware/malware tool.

There are better ones out there which use known good anti-adware/-malware tools which work free of charge without crippling restrictions, but you'll struggle to remove the traces if you don't use a tool.

FWIW I used Ninemsn, AFF, Flyertalk and one other website and CloudScout only appeared on AFF.

I was worried so went off to Firefox and fired up GMail and AFF and guess what? CloudScout on AFF only.

No idea why that is so, unless it just decides on what sites it likes to put ads on, or it attaches itself to specific ad types. I haven't read into it deeply.

Just fired up AFF on another browser without logging in (so I can see all the ads). Certainly many ads (as well as the usual AFF "drop down" box to subscribe), but checking out the sources there appears to be nothing unusual (Google Ads, Adsense, etc.) or malicious.

Thank goodness for AFF premium membership.

Shutdown AFF from both and CloudScout not active. Ran an AVG anti virus scan with the free version and CloudScout has disappeared. Has not been seen since.

Maybe you Anti Virus software caught up and snuffed it?

Good pickup if the virus scanner got it. Let's hope there aren't many traces remaining and the malware doesn't reinstall itself again.

When removing malware, my experience has been that virus scanners and anti-malware programs only do part of the job. Some manual digging and removal is usually required to completely remove the lot.
 
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Maybe you Anti Virus software caught up and snuffed it?
Strange one indeed.

It had quarantined 3 items which did not look like CloudScout but what would I know.
 
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