I just recovered from a virus that seemed to only affect Duolingo

My computer got the virus recently, which would redirect me to a random ad site anytime I tried to get here, either from google or typing the address in the address bar. And it was specific to Duolingo, as every other site I tried worked. I finally fixed the problem this morning with a System Restore, and everything seems to be back to normal, aside from the fact that my streak is back to zero. =/

Upon performing the System Restore, it implied that one of my recent downloads could have been to blame. And that download was for an Esperanto keyboard which I found the link to here on Duolingo( I downloaded one of the files found through that link a few days ago, only to find it didn't work, and never thought about it again until this morning.

Has this happened to anyone else?

December 9, 2015


Fortunately, it hasn't happened to me. It's sad to hear (read) that it did happen to you :/

December 9, 2015

My computer has every language on it every language no downloads for me just a simple switch of the language that take 2.3 seconds.

December 9, 2015

Same here in most cases. I just need downloads for several Native American languages, plus Burmese for some reason. Turns out I didn't need one for Esperanto after all(which is unfortunate given what happened to my computer), as the Canadian Multilingual keyboard allows me to input all of the desired characters.

December 9, 2015

I use Google Input Tools.

I've had problems with my computer sometimes too, but not lately. Some websites and downloads give malware, ads, and viruses.

It is mandatory to not only have a good antivirus program but keep it updated.

Emsisoft says that one anti-malware program doesn't get everything, so that is why I'm now using Emsisoft, Hitman Pro, and Spybot Search and Destroy, plus running my browser in a sandbox, namely Sandboxie.

With Sandboxie, you can run a program in a sandbox, so it isolates it from your computer. That would help keep viruses out.

Plus I also have Comodo Cleaning Essentials and it always finds a Host Process and the removal always fails. Comodo Cleaning Essentials is free. Spybot Search and Destroy is free but they'd like donations.

I think that some of the browser extensions have malware.
There was one extension that Emsisoft blocked. I don't remember which one it was. Plus yesterday and the day before, whenever I opened the Discussion tab, Emsisoft notified me that my computer was trying to connect to a dangerous website and Emsisoft automatically blocked it.

December 9, 2015

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December 11, 2015
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