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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #1
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Viglink is all over this forum

As an example: Bill Pierce's thread "2 Before Coffee"'s second link goes directly to a VIGLINK ad. Viglink is owned partly by Google according to a disclosure on their part. Search Google + Viglink for info. I would link it here but Viglink will capture the link. I've had Viglink capture many links on here since it was first brought up on Pierce's thread. Its growing..
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I ended up having to disable my ad-blocker for RFF to stop seeing all the viglink crap.

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Interesting. I haven't been affected by this (touch wood) so maybe it only targets America IP addresses?
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No, I clicked on a link Roger posted in this thread and was re-directed to Vigilink, and I'm in Australia. What is this crap? As far as I am concerned it is malware.
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2714286&postcount=23
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Interesting. I haven't been affected by this (touch wood) so maybe it only targets America IP addresses?
From my reading it looks like it's being distributed by Google.se (Sweden) and others. Veglink is based in San Francisco and partly funded by Alphabet, inc , Google's parent company.

Others may have better or more accurate info.
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I have ad blocker enabled on firefox and have never seen any of this stuff at all. News to me!
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As an example: Bill Pierce's thread "2 Before Coffee"'s second link goes directly to a VIGLINK ad. Viglink is owned partly by Google according to a disclosure on their part. Search Google + Viglink for info. I would link it here but Viglink will capture the link. I've had Viglink capture many links on here since it was first brought up on Pierce's thread. Its growing..
no, not hijacking. Viglink is supposed to work in the back ground,
never bringing anyone to the Viglink site.

personally I have never encountered this problem, always using an adblocker.

why it suddenly acting up is not clear.

hopefully all will be worked out and back to normal by early next week.


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no, not hijacking. Viglink is supposed to work in the back ground,
never bringing anyone to the Viglink site.

personally I have never encountered this problem, always using an adblocker.

why it suddenly acting up is not clear.

hopefully all will be worked out and back to normal by early next week.


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Sounds good. By chance did you try the second link on Bill Pierce's opening post "2 Before Coffee" ?

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Sounds good. By chance did you try the second link on Bill Pierce's opening post "2 Before Coffee" ?

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yep, worked normally for me
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no, not hijacking. Viglink is supposed to work in the back ground,
never bringing anyone to the Viglink site.

personally I have never encountered this problem, always using an adblocker.

why it suddenly acting up is not clear.

hopefully all will be worked out and back to normal by early next week.


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Thank you Stephen. If it's any help, I'm using Win 7 & Firefox and having the issue. Browsing with my iPhone SE and Safari, the link I mentioned is connecting straight to the relevant eBay listing. Using Firefox on my phone it redirects to Viglink. Using Chrome, it doesn't. The common link for me, at least, seems to be Firefox.
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yep, worked normally for me
I ran a search of drive C and viglink has set up camp on my drive with two files I can't delete. Encrypted? I deleted 6 that responded to the delete command. I'll look further.

When I click on Bill's second link it takes me to a Viglink shopping page and has an arrow for moving to the requested page.

This is the page..
http://www.viglink.com/shop/merchants]


Win 8.1 IE

More info:
https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-remove-VigLink-malware

http://www.freefixer.com/b/remove-vi...rnet-explorer/

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On my iPad, directly selecting Bill's LensRentals link launches viglink. But, if I open Bill's link in a separate tab, then viglink does not open.

There's a disable option available here - http://www.viglink.com/opt-out/ - but on the ipad at least it writes a cookie, and as I routinely purge all website data, constantly opting out would be a pain.
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I have never encountered Viglink until being directed recently to links by posters on this forum. All I got for my effort was advertising and not the specific link the poster wanted me to view.

I don’t see this behaviour on any other site I use.

If it helps sort out this unwanted intrusion, I’m using Safari. My search engine is DuckDuckGo. I don’t use an adblocker but my system is protected by F-Secure (all up to date versions of software).
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Personally, I'm not getting this crap (Linux, Firefox + script-blocker). However, this isn't the only forum where people are complaining...
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This sort of thing is kind of inevitable in my opinion ... as broadsheet publications wither, TV is slowly dying as streaming takes a stronger hold and so much of what we interact with is on the internet generally.
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No such links here. I've no idea why not. I use a Mac; does that matter?
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No such links here. I've no idea why not. I use a Mac; does that matter?
Jaime - this entire web site uses Vigilink redirects. It operating in the background without the user's knowledge.

For example: do a right click copy link location on the Flickr link you posted and then paste it into a text editor. The pasted link starts with

http://redirect.viglink.............. and then a ton more crapola to follow.

So, as a test I'm posting a link twice, once by typing it and then with using "link icon" button located in the menu.

https://web2.ph.utexas.edu/~yue/misc/rangefinder.html

https://web2.ph.utexas.edu/~yue/misc/rangefinder.html

In both cases, if I right click, then select copy link location in Firefox - the pasted URL starts with http://redirect.viglink.......

It would be interesting find out what Vigilink Inc. is doing with all the data they collect.
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Stephen, are you using VigLink on the RFF server?

What is the expected result for readers? If I understand correctly, VigLink on your server should find any product mention and turn it into a shopping link (my link, to WikiPedia); no impact unless we click on that link.

But, this is not the behavior people have been commenting on above.

Or, does VigLink step in when we create a link in a posting. That seems to be the case in this posting: https://www.rangefinderforum.com/for...9&postcount=33 See further comments in #24 below.
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In both cases, if I right click, then select copy link location in Firefox - the pasted URL starts with http://redirect.viglink
That's not the behavior I'm seeing this morning (Mac, Safari). Pasted URL is direct to Flickr.
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That's not the behavior I'm seeing this morning (Mac, Safari). Pasted URL is direct to Flickr.
Paste the copied link into a text editor, not the url field of your browser. Then you'll clearly see what is happening behind the scenes.
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Friends, I'm a technical guy, and just did a little research.

VigLink is supposed to take product mentions and turn them into live links. No impact on readers unless we click on the link. I see this on other sites, but don't notice it here.

Google "redirect.viglink site:rangefinderforum.com" and you'll find 40+ instances of something different. Someone mentions a URL in a posting and somehow it's transformed into a VigLink redirect. All 40+ instances are from Dec 17-28, 2016. PKR was commenting on this, and the above search will show you examples, but it doesn't happen when I post. Unclear whether this was happening on Stephen's server or on the user machine. If on the user machine, then see below.

Third, I see reports of what looks like VigLink browser extension on the user computer. The extension modifies what your browser shows and I think it might add links when you post. Here's an article describing it, and some of this fits the comments above. Article has instructions on how to remove the infection. If you are seeing a lot of VigLink here on RFF, I recommend you look for a browser extension on your machine.

Stephen, does this sound right? Anything to add? And, meanwhile, thanks for RFF!!

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Paste the copied link into a text editor, not the url field of your browser. Then you'll clearly see what is happening behind the scenes.
Did exactly that. I'm a technical guy.

We're seeing different behavior, and I don't know why. See my other post just above; I suggest checking if you have an unexpected browser extension that's doing it.
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Did exactly that. I'm a technical guy.
Give this gentleman a cigar - I just check the copied and pasted URL's in Safari and they are clean.

Upon further testing on yet another browser - Pale Moon, which is like a Firefox time capsule - once again the copied link location yields a clean URL.

>>><<<<

Firefox - With Firefox - the copy and pasted URL's begin with the http://redirect.vigilink.... along with the other extended crapola.

My only extension in Firefox is Adblock ABP and even with that removed the vigilink redirect occurs.
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Using Win10, three browsers (IE11, Edge & Firefox) using the copied shortcut, all send me to the VigLink Shopping page.
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When I disable Java for www.rangefinderforum.com the redirect goes away. Here is the cut and paste of the links with Java allowed and Java blocked:

h t tps ://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&jsonp=vglnk_149167244446412&key=ebcd42a 6fe063fd7c4aedf286a490098&libId=j19j913r0100noz500 0DAonofjjpf&loc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rangefinderforum .com%2Fforums%2Fshowthread.php%3Fs%3D46940b6bd20dd c94163f06029230e905%26threadid%3D160653&v=1&out=ht tps%3A%2F%2Fweb2.ph.utexas.edu%2F~yue%2Fmisc%2Fran gefinder.html&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rangefinderfor um.com%2F%3Fs%3D46940b6bd20ddc94163f06029230e905%2 6&title=Viglink%20is%20all%20over%20this%20forum%2 0-%20Rangefinderforum.com&txt=https%3A%2F%2Fweb2.ph. utexas.edu%2F~yue%2Fmisc%2Frangefinder.htm l


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Using Win10, three browsers (IE11, Edge & Firefox) using the copied shortcut, all send me to the VigLink Shopping page.
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Friends, I'm a technical guy, and just did a little research.

VigLink is supposed to take product mentions and turn them into live links. No impact on readers unless we click on the link. I see this on other sites, but don't notice it here.

Google "redirect.viglink site:rangefinderforum.com" and you'll find 40+ instances of something different. Someone mentions a URL in a posting and somehow it's transformed into a VigLink redirect. All 40+ instances are from Dec 17-28, 2016. PKR was commenting on this, and the above search will show you examples, but it doesn't happen when I post. Unclear whether this was happening on Stephen's server or on the user machine. If on the user machine, then see below.

Third, I see reports of what looks like VigLink browser extension on the user computer. The extension modifies what your browser shows and I think it might add links when you post. Here's an article describing it, and some of this fits the comments above. Article has instructions on how to remove the infection. If you are seeing a lot of VigLink here on RFF, I recommend you look for a browser extension on your machine.

Stephen, does this sound right? Anything to add? And, meanwhile, thanks for RFF!!

Best regards to all.

Hi Col. I cited your link in my info post (second link) loaded freefixer and the two files viglink loaded on to my C drive weren't cleaned by running freefixer. Some reading cites similar reports. I think i'll need to do a manual registry search and removal. I wonder how many different browsers are affected.. and if some aren't? I'm up to date with all MS patches etc.


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JAVA linked to VigLink Problem

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When I disable Java for www.rangefinderforum.com the redirect goes away. Here is the cut and paste of the links with Java allowed and Java blocked:

h t tps ://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&jsonp=vglnk_149167244446412&key=ebcd42a 6fe063fd7c4aedf286a490098&libId=j19j913r0100noz500 0DAonofjjpf&loc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rangefinderforum .com%2Fforums%2Fshowthread.php%3Fs%3D46940b6bd20dd c94163f06029230e905%26threadid%3D160653&v=1&out=ht tps%3A%2F%2Fweb2.ph.utexas.edu%2F~yue%2Fmisc%2Fran gefinder.html&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rangefinderfor um.com%2F%3Fs%3D46940b6bd20ddc94163f06029230e905%2 6&title=Viglink%20is%20all%20over%20this%20forum%2 0-%20Rangefinderforum.com&txt=https%3A%2F%2Fweb2.ph. utexas.edu%2F~yue%2Fmisc%2Frangefinder.htm l


h t tps ://web2.ph.utexas.edu/~yue/misc/rangefinder.htm l
VERY interesting. So, Java is involved. I wonder from whence the Java program is coming?

Secondly, there is a LOT of information being passed to VigLink in your first URL.

(No Java here. I recommend removing Java and Flash everywhere. If you need Flash, use Google Chrome which runs Flash in a "sandbox" and applies updates immediately.)
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I also recommend Disconnect as a browser extension. It is blocking VigLink in my browser, and I do not see anything related to viglink in any of the links listed in this thread (such as Bill Pierce's second link in "2 Before Coffee"). I copied the links and pasted them to a text editor, and there is no extra crud. I am running Chrome on a MacBook with OSX 10.12.3.

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Thanks, but don't smoke. Thanks for the followup checking.

This is interesting. I had not known of VigLink before.
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this is simply a glitch, never seen it before, something regarding the implementation has gone awry it appears.

In any event many forums use viglink for monetization. It's not malware.
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folks,

Viglink is not malware of some sort, but it is acting strangely as it should never direct to a site other than the link that is intended.

Its odd this is happening for some users, but not others. As mentioned, browser extensions may be a factor.

Hopefully we will have it figured out by early next week - not so much happens in tech support over the weekend.

Stephen
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Thanks Stephen.

Please tell us what VigLink is supposed to be doing in connection with this site.

The unexpected browser extension, linked to Java, is very scary.
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Thanks Stephen.

Please tell us what VigLink is supposed to be doing in connection with this site.

The unexpected browser extension, linked to Java, is very scary.
Viglink and Java

https://viglink-developer-center.rea...javascript-api
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folks,

Viglink is not malware of some sort, but it is acting strangely as it should never direct to a site other than the link that is intended.

Its odd this is happening for some users, but not others. As mentioned, browser extensions may be a factor.

Hopefully we will have it figured out by early next week - not so much happens in tech support over the weekend.

Stephen
Odd, if Viglink does not take the reader to an interstitial ad page, what is it supposed to do?

Surely it has to do something related to ads? It is not just counting.
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