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Using MBAM 3.6.1   Yesterday I been getting popups from MBAM only when I open the min page on foxnews,com.  Nowhere else. It blocked an outbound attempt from something called "smartlinkl.cool.  I am unable to find that string in the computer and am very perplexed. Computer works fine as no problems. I am also running Webroot as well. MBAM designates it as adware. I alsao ran ADW cleaner but it did not show up.  Can anyone please help as this is very frustrating. Thank you.


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Hello and Welcome!

This is most likely and advertisement on Fox News website that is triggering the popup/block.  If you like you can provide the requested logs so we can take a better look.

Please do the following to gather some logs so the team can take a look at your installation and attempt to find the cause of the problem:

  1. Download and run the Malwarebytes Support Tool
  2. Accept the EULA and click Advanced tab on the left (not Start Repair)
  3. Click the Gather Logs button, and once it completes, attach the zip file it creates on your desktop to your next reply

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It's most likely just an ad or similar content being hosted on the page which is being blocked, probably because that server/IP is known for also hosting malware (a pretty frequent occurrence these days with the prominence of malvertising being used to push exploits and other malware).  As long as the page loads OK and that's the only site you see this block happening on I wouldn't worry about it as that's just Malwarebytes doing its job.

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You're very welcome :)

There's really nothing to junk because it isn't anything that's on your system.  It's a connection to a potentially malicious server being blocked by the Web Protection blacklist filter in Malwarebytes, and that protection component ties directly into the network stack of your operating system so it is able to block items much earlier than many other security tools would be able to which explains why it's Malwarebytes blocking it rather than Webroot (the Web Protection component operates on the same level as the built in Windows Firewall).

I hope that helps explain things a bit, and if there's anything else we might assist you with please don't hesitate to let us know.


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Yes, if you disable notifications for Malwarebytes.  To do so, open Malwarebytes and go to Settings>Application and below where it says Notifications toggle the switch to Off for the Show Malwarebytes notifications in the Windows System Tray and you should no longer see the pop-ups, just keep in mind that it will disable most other notifications as well, however more critical notifications such as when a protection component is disabled or a threat is detected which requires action on your part will still be displayed so it shouldn't create any problems to have the notifications disabled.

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