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What's up with all the words underlined with a double green line/link here on Fluther?

Asked by Ben_Dover (4208points) September 19th, 2010

I ain’t clicking no unknown links!

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Dutchess_III's avatar

They are links that people have inserted to clarify their response. So don’t click on them if you don’t want to.

Ben_Dover's avatar

Not the red underlined links…The Green Double underlined links

MissAusten's avatar

I haven’t seen any links like that here. Are they showing up in questions and/or answers, or other places? Can you link to an example?

I know you’ll see ads if you aren’t signed in, but once you log in they disappear.

DominicX's avatar

I know what you’re talking about; I’ve seen them on other sites. They’re ads. But I’ve never seen them on Fluther. How about a screenshot?

Ben_Dover's avatar

me eternal Bible study class

Bible study has the double green link lines

From @Austinlad

Ben_Dover's avatar

Also, Ohh gosh where to start.

Starty is a double green link


MissAusten's avatar

Hmmm….they don’t show up for me. I wonder if this is something Fluther is trying out, and not all users can see it at this point.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I don’t have any green lines.either. Is your browser doing something like a suggested search? Google Chrome?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Are you using Chrome as the browser? ? ?

Ben_Dover's avatar

Nope…Firefox .. Vista…PC

janbb's avatar

Don’t get them either.

chyna's avatar

I don’t get them and I’m a beta user.

Coloma's avatar

Firefox, Vista PC here as well, I don’t see a thing.

iamthemob's avatar

I just tried it too…not seeing them Firefox, Vista PC.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Vibrant is the advertising website that I seen with Double Green lines. They lead to a pop-up with ad content.

Ben_Dover's avatar


You did it…“advertising website” is a green, double underlined link!

Seaofclouds's avatar

I don’t see them either (on Safari). It sounds like something with your web browser/computer. I wonder if it could be adware or something like that?

augustlan's avatar

There should be NO ads if you are signed in. I’m thinking this is something wrong on your end.

Ben_Dover's avatar

It is happening right now…It has nothing to do with my end.

@Tropical_Willie wrote: Vibrant is the advertising website that I seen with Double Green lines. They lead to a pop-up with ad content.

advertising website in that phrase is written in green with double underlines which link to;

On a completely different thread, @rooeytoo writes: Do you mean clean the screen? If so I bought a gel type product at an electronics store. It is good for lcd and plasma.

..electronics store is green and double underlined leading to this web page:

DominicX's avatar


It doesn’t seem to be happening to anyone else, so I don’t see how it could not be on your end. It could be a virus or something…

Ben_Dover's avatar


Interesting idea. Never seen a virus like this. But perhaps my spyware failed to detect this new and unusual way of advertising.

augustlan's avatar

Nope it’s not happening to us. I’d guess a trojan on your machine.

Seaofclouds's avatar

@Ben_Dover I think the fact that your double green lines are leading to “informationgetter” may have something to do with it. You should check your machine for adware or a virus.

Ben_Dover's avatar

Thanks. so far it has been fairly benign, but I guess no telling what’s coming next. I am running a scan and if that doesn’t do it I will download @shilolo ‘s removal tool.

Ben_Dover's avatar

By the way, how good is stopzilla?

shilolo's avatar

I have no idea. I use a Mac :)

Ben_Dover's avatar

What does it mean if the stopzilla program states, “The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log for more details?
Should I have done something like turned off my regular spyware ?

jrpowell's avatar

I can’t reproduce this. But they need to say it is not them. If it is them it is a dick move.

I feel like we have done this before.

This is where Ben, Andrew, or Tim need to talk.

augustlan's avatar

@johnpowell Definitely not us… read up there ^^.

@Ben_Dover Your own spyware/anti-virus program may remove informationgetter if you re-boot your computer in safe mode and then run it.

jrpowell's avatar


And other sites do this shit. It wasn’t crazy to think you had.

Ben_Dover's avatar

@augustlan Thanks…I’ll try that!

How do you reboot in safe mode and then activate antispyware?

Ben_Dover's avatar

Well, my problem wasn’t as serious as a Trojan. I downloaded Q-Bert and SuperMario Bros the other day, and apparently got the Mr Magoo game ads which underlines key words here on Fluther in a double green link to Mario games…

So I just went to the control panel and uninstalled the stupid thing.

augustlan's avatar

Glad to hear it wasn’t too bad. If you need to go to safe mode, restart your computer and while it’s starting, but before Windows launches, press F8. When I do it, I have to repeatedly press F8 until it comes up in safe mode, but you may only have to press it once.

Ben_Dover's avatar

Thanks @augustlan I found safe mode quite easily. Never used it before. But now I will never forget it.

Also thanks to @shilolo for providing the link to clean up the mess.
And appreciation to @DominicX @Coloma @johnpowell @Seaofclouds @Tropical_Willie @iamthemob and @chyna

Kayak8's avatar

Glad this got sorted out! I had the same problem after I got on the Sushi Games website. After that, I had all sorts of little green underlined words that were annoying. I was able to remove the errant software but not before it caused the above confusion!

Ben_Dover's avatar

@Kayak8 I thought it was a whole new form of advertising here on Fluther LOL…

Dutchess_III's avatar

Now I’m paranoid!

Blueroses's avatar

I had a similar browser redirect (assholes) that wasn’t as benign as yours but after I found rkill it was vanquished by malwarebytes. Now I run rkill before every scan.

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