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Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#1 Old Yesterday at 11:07 PM Last edited by pretenshus : Yesterday at 11:30 PM.
TSR and browser hijackers/malware decoys
Hey guys so first of all most of us hate the website The Sims Resource understandably. However, as someone who frequently uses the internet and deals with the incredible amount of ads I can tell that with a website like the TSR things go from annoying to harmful quickly. Anyway, today I was looking up some blinds for ts3 and was "forced" to download a set from the sims resource, no big deal but I left the page up that has pictures of the object and takes 10 years to load because of the massive amount of ads and intrusive videos. I was distracted for about 3 minutes, (I know it was just about 3 minutes because of a timed game I was playing on a console) and without clicking anything I got one of the browser hijackers (decoys, hijackers are kind of different) the one where you get some pop up in a new tab and it has some warning about you calling a number or downloading something to save your computer, basically the one that doesn't let you leave the page so you have to pull up task manager to get out of there

tldr;
I never really trusted the TSR but this is a low I would have never expected from the site BUT where there's ads there's always room for malware
Idk if ad block blocks those pop ups since they just open a new tab or do a redirect specifically to get around ad block
the most important point is I dont recall clicking anything, I was playing a video game on a console and tsr was the only tab present before I got the malware decoy meaning just sitting on the site could be dangerous?
If you move page to page not letting all the ads load entirely i guess youre likely to be safer.
p.s. Still looking for blinds ; u ;


I get these all the time from almost any site that gives into ads for money but I wanted to mention this to people who don't come across these as often or may panic a little when they see one

More details:
This pop up was different from the common BIOS blue screen or the outdated javascript ones that are more popular
This one was designed to look like an official microsoft page and it was pretty well done almost like they copied the html and css style from an actual microsoft page
It of course came with an error pop up I couldn't leave unless I accepted the virus download and the page was titled Microsoft Official support
The actual url in the address bar was giveupperiod.com, strange right? I figure the decoy was hiding behind an ad and hijacked that web page but Idk

All in all stay safe these kind of aggressive "you can't leave the page" pop ups are super common and I'm sure they'll frighten some people with a little less knowledge
Sorry for this massive post.

edit: I think you can report ads... I'm not sure but if you HAVE NO IDEA WHICH OF THE 50 ADS IS THE SUPER BAD ONE AND THEYRE ALL SCREAMING AT YOU UR KINDA S.O.L.

also please post if you have experience of what I'm talking about. Maybe I did click on an ad but still idk how these ads and the sites allowing them work but a misclick shouldn't lead to a potential virus specifically with a high traffic site (maybe an unkempt shifty site).

/Someone else's experience with this/ > http://forums.thesims.com/en_US/dis...s-resource-site


a quote: "I never click ads either, but I was viewing several pages and suddenly my browser was redirected to a page that said I was viewing *********** and my browser was being locked (it didn't, as I'm on a MAC) I did notify TSR and they said it was one of their ads, but didn't know which one."
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Alchemist
#2 Old Today at 12:14 AM
A combination of Adblock + Norton Security + Peerblock pretty much suppresses everything.


Btw, I'm a pretty big fan of Peerblock. I know Adblock is more popular and it lets you create custom block scripts. However, Peerblock's best feature is it allows you to create custom IP block lists with ease. I use a combination of IP track websites and Peerblock to block all the annoying ads IP addresses.

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but sometimes the reason is
that you're stupid and you
make bad decisions.
Scholar
#3 Old Today at 12:28 AM
I've been a frequent flyer at TSR for many years and do not "hate" their website. I've downloaded and installed tons of custom content from them and have never had any problems. Granted the adds are a pain in the ass but their creators put out some awesome stuff for our games and it's free.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#4 Old Today at 12:48 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by barbarat
I've been a frequent flyer at TSR for many years and do not "hate" their website. I've downloaded and installed tons of custom content from them and have never had any problems. Granted the adds are a pain in the ass but their creators put out some awesome stuff for our games and it's free.


Yes I totally understand, their service and what it takes to upkeep it is super understandable. I don't hate the creators or even the people who run the site. I just hate THE SITE. The way it looks the years it takes to go to the next page. I really think its just poorly laid out even with the fifty ads. I'm no graphic designer but I just think there's improvement that could be made.

Honestly the real hatred comes from that fact that some of that stuff is ONLY PUBLICLY AVAILABLE on that site, I can't just bypass the site like any other site. I HAVE to go to it for some cc. So really it's no one's fault but I hate the site purely for that reason.
Field Researcher
#5 Old Today at 12:51 AM
I've had a bad scare from that kind of 'Ransomware' before, when was still quite a noobie on the web, though I've never encountered it whilst using TSR. The first occasion it didn't just freeze my browser but hijacked my whole computer, so that everytime I booted up it went straight to that phoney page. The only way I got rid of it was to use a recovery disc to start up in 'safe mode' and then run an anti-malware program. I've had one or two similar attacks since, it is sometimes the FBI sometimes Scotland Yard and on one occasion Interpol - all phoney of course. Fortunately my computer is better protected now, but, sh*t was I scared the first time! Actually It was a police officer who told me that the real police forces wouldn't be allowed to do that. And it is illegal.

And yes, I have been finding TSR annoying lately: the way the screen keeps jumping about and changing; the way I have to keep clicking that green 'cookies' notification every time I go to a new page; and the way I have to be careful where I move my cursor in case I bring up some ad window (I don't click them, but they start up anyway). It is time TSR cleaned up its act, especially if actual criminals are now hijacking the ads.
Top Secret Researcher
#6 Old Today at 3:22 AM
That's definitely happened to me before on that site. I usually just close down my browser using task manager (and it will still fight you every step to get out of that screen).

That said, I do sometimes download from there because there is some nice stuff there. I just really don't appreciate their ad system. I used an ad blocker for awhile but then they 'lecture' you and make you wait a really long time, which is super annoying because sometimes the download process won't work and you have to do it again. So I lifted my ad blocker but then you expose yourself to these malware ads.

I realize the ads are how they're getting money, but making the whole process of downloading free stuff such a miserable experience does NOT make me inclined to subscribe and give them any of my money. Instead it makes me mostly avoid the site unless I can't find a similar item elsewhere. YMMV

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Scholar
#7 Old Today at 3:38 AM
I use AdBlocker and you (Yeah, you!) should, too. And TSR's Malware is probably better than half the trash custom content on that site, mirite my dudes? (Don't answer I don't actually care.)

I'm writing a TV series, yeah. It's a cross between True Detective and Pretty Little Liars.
Field Researcher
#8 Old Today at 4:07 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by tangie0906
I used an ad blocker for awhile but then they 'lecture' you and make you wait a really long time[...]


If it's any consolation, while the timer only runs if the tab is the one you're viewing (it stops if you switch tabs), it's not affected if you switch windows altogether. So open the TSR tab in a new window, ignore it and continue checking email/browsing/etc in the main window until the timer is done.

TSR without AbBlock is unthinkable!
Theorist
#9 Old Today at 4:57 AM
Before I ever visited TSR with this computer, I never had single click-jack. Now after downloading quite good amount of stuff from TSR, I get occasional click-jacks even on unrelated sites. I'm using combination of Adblock, NoScript, Ghostery and Avast. Usually Firefox is able to catch it before click-jack page fully loads, but still it is annoying.

I don't dislike TSR, more than 68% of my CC is from there, but their practice of putting adware and malware and spyware are quite notorious.

Moses: Ramesses; in my heart you are my brother, but things cannot be as they were.
...
Ramesses II: I see no reason why not.
~ The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Scholar
#10 Old Today at 5:08 AM
I'm also someone that uses Adblock. I'd rather deal with the longer wait to download than risk anything unwanted infecting my computer.

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Mad Poster
#11 Old Today at 5:22 AM Last edited by simmer22 : Today at 5:34 AM.
The only annoying thing with adblock is that each download on TSR takes almost a minute (stupid TSR), and that Adf.ly levelled up their annoyware for having adblock installed (stupid waiting - I wish the horrible site could just go and die a painful, terrible death for the completely unnecessary annoyances it frequently causes).

Other than that, Adblock is awesome. Helps keeping bugs off my screen, and not just at TSR. It helps with the recent levelled up Mediafire ads, too And a bunch of other annoying ad-infested sites.
Theorist
#12 Old Today at 5:45 AM
Adf.ly is the most annoying thing that happened to internet since getting paid to youtube.

Moses: Ramesses; in my heart you are my brother, but things cannot be as they were.
...
Ramesses II: I see no reason why not.
~ The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Alchemist
#13 Old Today at 5:50 AM
wow... TSR charges money for VIP login? Report them to EA and EA will shut them down. You cannot make money off EA products, such as CC/mods, it is clearly in the EULA.

oh nevermind, apparently seems like they either have a deal with EA or they're endorsed by EA and they're in some technical loophole since their whole site is "free" *cough* *cough*

still, what a shady site. adblock them!

Everything happens for a reason
but sometimes the reason is
that you're stupid and you
make bad decisions.
Theorist
#14 Old Today at 5:52 AM
TSR is in EA's pocket. They been for years. Unlikely they will get shut down. And technically, TSR is not making money off Sims content itself from VIP membership, only making money from actual TSR site features.

Completely different from "donation" privileges that most sites use where access to actual Sims content is being paid for.

Moses: Ramesses; in my heart you are my brother, but things cannot be as they were.
...
Ramesses II: I see no reason why not.
~ The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Alchemist
#15 Old Today at 6:41 AM
*ahem**cough* *cough* *Ahem*

Everything happens for a reason
but sometimes the reason is
that you're stupid and you
make bad decisions.
Theorist
#16 Old Today at 6:47 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by nitromon
*ahem**cough* *cough* *Ahem*

Might want get that checked. I hear excessive coughing could be caused by bronchitis.

Moses: Ramesses; in my heart you are my brother, but things cannot be as they were.
...
Ramesses II: I see no reason why not.
~ The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Lab Assistant
#17 Old Today at 7:19 AM
I hate browsing that site. It randomly keeps me from downloading cc. It didn't prevent me before, but then it decided to make me wait an entire minute instead of the usual 5-10 seconds to tell me that ads help the site and I should white list them. Minute passes and it STILL wouldn't let me download because I was blocking ads.
I had to disable Adblock and crash the Flashplayer via the Task Manager repeatedly just to keep their ads down and be able to download stuff. Ridiculous.
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