Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare
Computer Science
16 May 2012

Ads On Wikipedia May Mean Your Computer Has Malware

Wikipedia has stated it over and over again that they are a well-funded organisation and they never run ads on Wikipedia pages. The company usually displays notifications about its fundraising events on the top of its pages, but if you see a banner ad of some profit company, then you should be worried. Because it means that your browser has a malware.

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It is likely that the malware has entered your favorite browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE etc.) through installed extensions. Or it may be the case that your Internet provider is injecting the ads into the web pages. The extension-induced ads may be visible just on Wikipedia, or on each and every site you visit. For example, the extension called “I want this” installs itself in Google Chrome. To remove it, you may open the options menu via the “pipe-wrench” icon on the top right, and choose <em>Settings</em>. Next, Open the <em>Extensions</em> panel and there is the list of extensions installed. And now remove that Extension by clicking the <em>Remove</em> button next to an item.

In short, the point to be noted is that Wikipedia is as ad-free today as it was. So, if you are seeing ads on any of its pages, do a malware scan or re-check your installed extensions.

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