Links to ad pages embed themselves into text on any page I visit, and it turns the text’s color orange. They’re not too awfully common, there’s only one or two every page. But it’s still annoying. I think it came from a download I made. How to get rid of them?
I use IE. I could use firefox if I have to but I’d rather not.
Do you mean on Yahoo or other web service/page?
Those are a ‘scripted’ asset, with (of course) advertising as the ultimate objective.
Firefox browser, with "NoScript" ends those.
Yep, that’s the problem with iE; it does not have the control Firefox does when it comes to ‘revenue generation’ adware (or malware even).
You can do a tiny bit, by turning off 3rd party cookies, but that’s a spit in the ocean…advertisers have figured out how to get around the menial blocking the iE offers.
Internet Explorer do this first (IE, pre-8, should NOT be used: to many ‘broken’ security aspects):
Tools> Internet options> Security tab> tick the "Internet" icon> Security level box> set slider to "Medium high".
Back to Internet options> Advanced tab: here check ‘Override automatic….’; ‘Allow session cookies’; ‘Allow 1st party cookies’
& ►’Block 3rd Party Cookies’.
Using IE (all flavors) and allowing "active content" is the biggest mistake people make.
"Drive by installs", "Opacity based attacks", and many other malware problems arise from this feature alone…(switch to Firefox).