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Some "free press" courtesy of bleepingcomputer.com:

Windows 10 Apps Hit by Malicious Ads that Blockers Won't Stop

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Windows 10 users in Germany are reporting that while using their computer, their default browser would suddenly open to malicious and scam advertisements. These advertisements are being shown by malvertising campaigns on the Microsoft Advertising network that are being displayed in ad supported apps.

Ad blockers will not help

As these ads are being displayed because of ad-supported apps,  any ad blockers you have installed in your browsers will not prevent the pages from loading.

This is because the scripts that are normally blocked by ad blockers are being executed in the app and Windows 10 is just launching a web page in your browser.

Instead users will have to rely on security software or built-in browser filtering services such as SmartScreen and Safe Browsing to block known malicious web sites.

ESET blocking a malicious web site
ESET blocking a malicious web site

 

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On 6/3/2019 at 10:12 PM, itman said:

Some "free press" courtesy of bleepingcomputer.com:

Windows 10 Apps Hit by Malicious Ads that Blockers Won't Stop

Not surprised. I've spoken to people in the past that claim you don't need an antivirus just a popup blocker. I always disagreed but this just helps.

For example some ad blockers can be set to allow some ads what adblocker calls acceptable ads, with most not even knowing this is enabled. And if you can infect a website itself, an ad blocker is no good

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