Are you currently suffering from that annoying Loa.teebik.com pop-up ad, promoting an online game called League of Angels, that keeps coming out in your Firefox browser? This nasty pop-up ad started appearing a few days ago. I am not sure if this is a malware, adware or a virus, but it’s really annoying. What was surprising is that after the Loa.Teebik.com attack started to appear, different “promotional” sites started to appear on the same day providing different ways on how to stop, get rid or even remove the pop-up ad. But honestly, none of them work! Let me share you what I did to my PC to solve this problem.
Like I said the Loa.teebik.com pop-up ad started to appear on my Firefox a few days ago. But only Firefox was experiencing the problem, well including Comodo Ice Dragon. I didn’t encounter that on Chrome, IE or Safari. So I tried the suggestions mentioned by the other site claiming that they have solution on how to remove Loa.teebik.com. But honestly, none of them worked. The last option on their site will always tell you to download a certain anti-virus or malware remover. I tried one but it didn’t work at all. I think that it was just an evil strategy so that people would download their software.
Reformatting Didn’t Solve the Problem
So after resetting Firefox, uninstall then reinstall and do all sorts of stuff, I decided to reformat my drive and do a fresh install of Windows, just to make sure that there were no hidden codes or scripts on my drive.
After a few minutes of installing Windows, I then installed all the necessary updates and updated to Windows 8.1 as well. I then installed my antivirus, then installed Chrome and Firefox. I didn’t install any programs yet just to rule things out.
I then opened Firefox and tried to surf for a couple of minutes. Then bang! The nasty Loa.teebik.com ad strikes again. Later, after doing some research I found out that Firefox is the least secure web browser, after the Pwn2Own Hacking contest revealed all its security holes.
Firefox Adblock Plus Saves the Day?
Finally, I decided to try Adblock Plus, a Firefox add-on. I don’t really hate ads appearing on sites, but Loa.teebik.com has gone too far and it’s very intrusive. I’m not sure if it’s just popping ads from League of Angels alone or it’s already stealing your credentials. But after installing and activating Adblock Plus, it seems to have solved the problem. On Adblock Plus I have enabled EasyList, Malware Domains and EasyPrivacy.
I’m not really sure if this will be a 100% solution for getting rid of the Loa.teebik.com pop-up ad. But so far it’s working. Recently it was reported that Mozilla will be releasing an update patching 20 Firefox flaws exploited during the Pwn2Own event.
Well, I do hope Firefox would fix this problem soon, since I do not want to use Adblock Plus always. In a webmaster or blogger’s perspective, it’s a nasty plugin that takes away the life-blood of your site.
If you happen to encounter the same problem, please do share your experience and how you have solved the problem.
UPDATE:Unfortunately the Adblock Plus didn’t help at all. After a few hours of testing, the League of Angels Loa.teebik.com pop-up ad appeared again. For now I have chosen to abandon Firefox temporary until they have patched this problem. I’m using Chrome and Opera and so far didn’t encounter that pop-up ad. Once again, if you have found a way to get rid of Loa.teebik.com pop-up ads, please do share them below.
UPDATE 2:After reinstalling everything for the third time (well it was necessary since I am testing a new SSD sample), the Loa.teebik.com pop-up ad is not showing anymore. Does this mean Firefox has somehow patched this problem? Or it is attacking a different set of IP addresses or region?