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False Positive - Vivaldi & Hanstracker ?


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Every time I launch the Vivaldi browser MWB blocks Vivaldi from accessing "www.hanstrackr.com" (which is a malware site).

 Below that it gives the IP, which is something entirely different.

 According to ADW Cleaner the machine is clean and there are no obvious signs of hanstracker.


  It would seem rather unlikely that Vivaldi is deliberately trying to access a malware site.

  What is going on here?




PS This MWB forum site appears to be attempting canvas tracking according to my anti-trackers ....




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Hello @Jeemag

Let me have you run the following and we'll see what we can find. Though as mentioned it could be due to a compromised, or old extension that needs an update.


Please run the following steps and post back the logs as an attachment when ready.


  • If you're already running Malwarebytes 3 then open Malwarebytes and check for updates. Then click on the Scan tab and select Threat Scan and click on Start Scan button.
  • If you don't have Malwarebytes 3 installed yet please download it from here and install it.
  • Once installed then open Malwarebytes and check for updates. Then click on the Scan tab and select Threat Scan and click on Start Scan button.
  • Once the scan is completed click on the Export Summary button and save the file as a Text file to your desktop or other location you can find, and attach that log on your next reply.
  • If Malwarebytes won't run then please skip to the next step and let me know on your next reply.


Please download AdwCleaner by Malwarebytes and save the file to your Desktop.

  • Right-click on the program and select RunAsAdmin.jpg Run as Administrator to start the tool.
  • Accept the Terms of use.
  • Wait until the database is updated.
  • Click Scan Now.
  • When finished, please click Clean & Repair.
  • Your PC should reboot now if any items were found.
  • After reboot, a log file will be opened. Copy its content into your next reply.


RESTART THE COMPUTER Before running Step 3

Please download the Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.

Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. You can check here if you're not sure if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit

  • Double-click to run it. When the tool opens, click Yes to disclaimer.
  • Press the Scan button.
  • It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please attach it to your reply.
  • The first time the tool is run, it also makes another log (Addition.txt). If you've, run the tool before you need to place a check mark here.
  • Please attach the Additions.txt log to your reply as well.





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20 hours ago, Zynthesist said:

We do have a block on hanstrackr[.]com, you may want to check your browser extensions. 

   Thanks and sorry for the delay.

  I came to the conclusion that it was probably due to an extension.

  I disabled them all and restarted. No block. Enabled AdBlock Pro and got the hanstrackr block. So it's due to AdBlock Pro.

  I gathered from search that 'hanstracker'/'hanstrackr' was adware ! I'd also imagined AdBlock Pro to be a legitimate extension.

  I'll look for another ad-blocker.

Thanks to all who responded.





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Glad we could help.

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