This article is about 15 years late. Malware via adverts/trackers has been around since before the word "phishing" was coined. If the advertising industry gave any shits about fixing this, they'd have done it by now as it's a very simple problem to fix. But surprise surprise - they don't care, and neither do the sites complicit in selling their users to the advertisers!
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Whatever you do don't mention the Superfish. I mentioned the Superfish but I think I got away with it.
I tried to do their free "Introduction to Linux" course, and got as far as the second section. Before I finished it I was overwhelmed by the navel-gazing and felt it should be renamed to "Indoctrination to Linux". I tell you what, though. I sure do know that Linux powers millions of devices from hobby horses to fridge magnets to spaceships! There are millions of devices using Linux, all under the power of some head penguin wearing a mortarboard.
In all seriousness I do have a good attention span, I can grit my teeth and labour past the bullshit and as a Windows monkey I genuinely wanted to try this approach. I just couldn't hack it.
note to self: stop punning when you start the sentence with "in all seriousness".
Are these the glasses that AVG big-wigs wear when they set up their affiliate toolbar installer program, or the "AVG Secure Seal" badges they use to endorse malware sites as "secure"?
Neither can I, so I'll reply to your reply. I'm so glad that one web site in the world finally stops wasting my screen real estate. The width is actually used for content, not cruft! And once side navigation is scroll past, the comments actually take up the width of my screen. It's like someone who actually uses web sites finally designed on.
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These don't work. Many UK government web sites use Google Analytics et al.
Visiting just the healthcare.gov web site via Firefox generates the following URL requests: http://pastebin.com/0UUbmRCf
At least all those advert and tracker sites - including those that have been helping pay for malware for over a decade - are using SSL!
Search in 8 to 7 certainly was certainly wider. Unfortunately the Amazon, Bing and other retailer hits for "Control Panel", "Printers", "Word" and "mmc" were never really that helpful.
"Features and services may be introduced and withdrawn without notice. Good luck relying on any of them at home or work."
Let's just stop installing these updates, they're clearly created by Microsoft with the express intent of committing acts of malice, not to improve their software.
Without even knowing what CBS is, that's quite a far-fetched conclusion. It's the Component-Based Storage sub-system, responsible for maintaining "packages", updates and verifying system source files, optional Windows components et cetera. Quite a wide-ranging sub-system and with so many responsibilities it is fair that it can generate large log files. I have used these logs with positive results on several customers in diagnosing Windows faults.
What the OP doesn't realise is how much background maintenance modern Windows performs. Just because a user has performed (redundant) manual defragmentation and (effectively unnecessary) disk clean-up doesn't mean that Windows will cease performing this automatic maintenance. A Windows system left idle after installation or updates (particularly the large updates Win 8 gets) will be quite busy for some time doing housekeeping.