Originally Posted by Chuck43
The last two days sometimes when I submit a post to the forum it takes minutes for my post to load. Down in the lower corner of my computer screen it says something like waiting for d1r55yzuc1b1bw.cloudfront.net. I have waited for minutes with nothing happening and had to shut the forum down then restart it only to see that my post posted minutes ago. Is this something on my computer causing the problem, I've never had this happen before and just got my computer back from being repaired.
Chuck, It appears you have been infected with a sort of virus that Amazon is using to allow others to place ads on your computer. I did a search on this as well as looked at the two links which were provided. It seems like this is a form of 'Data Mining' where sellers get access to your machine for the purpose of placing ads. The whole idea of Data Mining is to examine the sites you frequent and direct advertisers to you as a possible customer. The Amazon site material talks extensively about the rates advertisers pay for this. It is based on the amount of data they send out.
In your case I would suspect that the group who worked on your computer was infected so, when they loaded their new image on your machine, it included the cloudware virus. This may have been intentional or they may not be aware that they have an infected image?
The end result is that each time you go on the web, you are not going to the site you targeted but instead are going through the amazon cloudware interface. This would account for the new slow response of your system. It also is why your adware blocker is not working as this process interrupts the normal flow to the extent that the adware blocker never sees the ads. Essentially you are requesting these ads and bypassing the blocker software.
I also did a search on removing cloudware and found the following link;
I have no idea if this works so I am not endorsing any part of the process! It does identify the cloudware as malware that should be removed. I suggest you follow the directions to remove and let us know your results? If your not comfortable doing htis then, by all means, get someone else! I would suggest contacting the group that worked on your system and letting them know what you have found. As I said, they may not know they have a compromised image they are putting on customers machines.