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Are Google Using New Sneaky Advert Pop-Ups?

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I open Google for a search as usual and, once the results are loaded, I try to click on one I want. Except that the  cursor doesn't click on the link despite hovering over it.

 

So I click in an empty space to the side and a new advert tab opens (??)- relating to my topic, yes, but NOT what I searched for exactly. This can happen several times during one search/read session. This has been happening for about 2/3wks now.

 

Surely the page should load search results (as before) and the cursor click immediately upon your desired link/s when YOU want?

 

Are Google being sneaky and installing creepy topic-related pop-ups?

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No, this isn't normal behaviour. Sounds like you've some sort of malware on your system or you are going to a site that seems like Google but isn't. What's the URL? Plain old www.google.com?

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Hi

 

I'm using Chrome and click to open a new tab, then use the URL bar to search?

 

Plus I regularly run Malwarebytes (updated)

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Sound like malware or something to me.... try in private or "incognito" mode, see if it still does the same...

(CTRL+Shift+N for incognito)

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it could also be your computer / internet being sluggish so it seems like its not working. when you click on a white patch it may actually be clicking on something else thats overlapping some other white space?

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Posted (edited)

It's not a white space being clicked on, nor malware that can be found by updated Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, etc. I have run those many times.

 

I can search as usual (Google.com with secure padlock) several times on one page at once, but then the odd click (trying to right-click a new tab open) does this??? A new tab with a search-related ad in the new tab?

Edited by Electerrific

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That doesn't sound normal. As an added filter to adverts such as the likes of an ad blocker in my Chrome extension. I use Pi-Hole on my raspberry pi. 

Edited by Albert the Cat

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