Recently I downloaded a program to play video files because a certain video I’d downloaded (not porn) requested a special player I’d never heard of. Against my better judgement and desperate to watch this particular video (again, it’s not porn) I downloaded this supposed player.
Naturally the video wasn’t actually what it claimed to be, even though the player did actually work. Would you believe it, but the damn thing installed adware on my machine?
What were the chances of that?
This awful annoying adware produced these damn CiD pop-up windows for trash like 888.com and even Sky.com (what were they thinking?) using Internet Explorer as a launch base. It couldn’t use Firefox of course. I even uninstalled IE, but that didn’t stop it either.
Finally, searching the net for help I found the solution, which was a simple one. I didn’t realise at the time that it was this CiD Help program doing the malicious crap to my PC, but Google taught me all about it. In a nutshell, go to Start>Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs and select CiD Help to Remove it.
It does try to protect itself with a CAPTCHA test (probably designed to stop Adware Removal programs from deleting it, but it shouldn’t stop you).
And that’s it. The crap was gone and my PC runs fine again.
The moral of this story is don’t download dodgy software on the promise of a cool video clip, don’t use Internet Explorer… for anything and don’t trust any adverts for 888.com or Sky.