Anyone else being asked to save a file called seg.js?

(83 Posts)
InkySkink Wed 14-Aug-13 20:19:09

Anyone else being repeatedly asked to save a file called seg.js from
I've run a virus scan and it was clean, and this is ONLY happening on mumsnet.
No way I'm downloading anything I didn't directly click on by the way.

27cats Wed 14-Aug-13 20:20:00

Me too, whats going on?

InkySkink Wed 14-Aug-13 20:21:33

I think it may be a virus in the ads.
From what I saw when I Google it.

nothruroad Wed 14-Aug-13 21:14:36

I'm getting that too - only on MN.

MissFenella Wed 14-Aug-13 21:17:18

me too

pipsqueak Wed 14-Aug-13 21:24:25

me too

YoniBottsBumgina Wed 14-Aug-13 21:25:43

It sounds like a javascript file. I wouldn't download or install it. Sounds like it's a plugin for an ad, but it could be sneaky malware.

You may want to report your OP asap so that tech sees it!

YoniBottsBumgina Wed 14-Aug-13 21:27:36

It seems like the ads are getting worse on here sad I currently have adblocker installed and I usually whitelist mumsnet since so much of their revenue comes from ads, but I had to activate it again when there was a creepy ad which would start playing music about 5 minutes after I'd loaded a page! I was going to deactivate it again but now I've seen this I think I'll hold off.

Chanatan Wed 14-Aug-13 21:30:45

Malwarebytes I would download and scan pc to see if you have picked up any nasties.I always use adblock so never see any ads.

ImperialBlether Wed 14-Aug-13 21:39:00

I'm getting this, too! I did as Chanatan said and it said there was a virus which it's got rid of. Time will tell whether the pop up will stop.

Thanks for the recommendation, Chanatan.

oh dear that doens't sound good.
Let me find out what's occurring.

JacqueslePeacock Wed 14-Aug-13 21:41:05

There are complaints about this on the systweak thread as well...

Chanatan Wed 14-Aug-13 21:41:35

Olivia I had a quick google and something similar happened on Pistonheads a while back,it was ad related.

ImperialBlether Wed 14-Aug-13 21:43:25

What's occurring? Are you in Gavin and Stacey?

mrstalbear Wed 14-Aug-13 21:47:16

yep me too, just mn. keep 'x' ing it


What's occurring? Are you in Gavin and Stacey?

Nope I just like the turn of phrase
Right then OP
First of all are you using Internet Explorer to view this ? If not what are you using?
Second of all, please can you tell us WHAT the ad is that you're seeing when being asked to download weirdy stuff?

ImNotBloody14 Wed 14-Aug-13 22:24:29

im getting this aswell on IE. not looking at any ads though- it just comes up.

TeamEdward Wed 14-Aug-13 22:25:05

I had this too.
I'm using IE, but not sure what ad was on screen.

SPBisResisting Wed 14-Aug-13 22:25:48

Yes just pops up at the bottom of the screen.
Internet Explorer

Trigglesx Wed 14-Aug-13 22:33:52

IE, yes, only on MN pages and have been getting it all evening. Had no idea it was linked to an ad, so no clue what ad. Just pops up when changing pages on MN.

Do you know which topics youre on?
<clutches straws>

Yonihadtoask Wed 14-Aug-13 22:44:34

Oh I was getting that too.

I was on shorthaul, step parenting and chat?

Yes, Internet Explorer. Haven't noticed it being connected to any particular ads.

GetStuffezd Wed 14-Aug-13 22:45:42

Yes I'm getting it too! For days. Only MN. Apparently randomly. It's when I'm on laptop, using IE.

thornrose Wed 14-Aug-13 22:45:44

I'm getting it too, along with the hunky weight loss man that scares doctors!

GetStuffezd Wed 14-Aug-13 22:46:06

I googled it and it said something about malware....

Trigglesx Wed 14-Aug-13 22:56:49

chat, AIBU, and SNs are mainly what I've been on tonight. Can't remember what pages it popped up on.

gaggiagirl Wed 14-Aug-13 22:59:30

Me too but my phone is unable to download the file its been happening for a few hours now.

thornrose Wed 14-Aug-13 23:01:58

I've moved from laptop to Ipad and the messages and dodgy ads have stopped.

TeamEdward Wed 14-Aug-13 23:03:12

I just got it on this thread.
Who knew Christmas could be dangerous?!

thornrose Wed 14-Aug-13 23:04:23

Weight loss man has just reappeared on a weight loss thread I just clicked on.

Maybe it's the cake?!?
Will get the 9 to 5ers to help out.

Scout19075 Wed 14-Aug-13 23:12:00

I've been getting it, too. Not noticed a specific topic or add. I don't click on the ads.

Me too! Though it has stopped now. I just clicked on cancel!!

ThisIsMySpareName Wed 14-Aug-13 23:15:08

I keep getting a message saying my laptop has blocked a file from downloading.

I was getting this at work this afternoon and we'resupposed to have super strength fire walls. Also on IE and on a variety of threads.

Not getting it now on an android phone

Trigglesx Wed 14-Aug-13 23:28:35

I clicked on that Christmas thread that Team Edward linked to, and didn't get it popping up on that one. It seems to be random....

BoneyBackJefferson Thu 15-Aug-13 00:37:32

East sale and boden are the ads that are on the screen when It comes up for me

Sleepshmeep Thu 15-Aug-13 00:44:43

Just came up for me on active convos. I hovered over the the bar (which looks like a normal attatchment open/save/cancel prompt) and it came up with a Mumsnet address with some kind of connection to a Toyota test drive thing.

Doesn't now though and scared to click cancel!

ourlittlestreet Thu 15-Aug-13 00:49:11

I'm getting it too even though I am viewing mn on my phone. in a variety of topics.

lagoonhaze Thu 15-Aug-13 00:59:49

Me too .

ImperialBlether Thu 15-Aug-13 01:19:04

I've pasted a screenshot on the section called Have You Seen This? If you want me to email it to you instead, let me know.

I'm getting it too! On AIBU and Threads I'm On.

You bastards, fix it, I can't afford a new laptop....

ourlittlestreet Thu 15-Aug-13 01:37:06

Is it zombies? Or some sad little weirdo hiding behind their laptop?be or the site who shall not be named because their thread was deleted?

Mynewmoniker Thu 15-Aug-13 01:49:30

I got it just now...I didn't click on it [halo]

BluddyMoFo Thu 15-Aug-13 01:59:18

.I came for a sneaky lurk tonight for the first time in aaaaages and havent even posted yet I have had this popping up all night in every category.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Thu 15-Aug-13 02:08:57

Me! I'm getting it on Internet Explorer. It's damned annoying! confused

YoniBottsBumgina Thu 15-Aug-13 12:28:11

Are you all using IE? Heathens grin download a decent browser!

When MNHQ say which ads are you looking at, they mean which ads are displaying on the page when it's appearing. You don't have to click on them or even be scrolled up to where they are. If they are on the page they may be causing it.

My hone keeps trying to download something but I just get a blank screen saying that windows can download this file.

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Aug-13 19:09:23

Hmm. Oh dear. We'll bring this to the attention of some grown-ups and try to come back ASAP

ImperialBlether Thu 15-Aug-13 19:11:27

Mine hasn't happened since reporting it on here!

LIZS Thu 15-Aug-13 19:18:32

yes I reported this yesterday on the Systweak advert. Is it legit? thread. Scan didn't seem to stop it but have only had it appear once today . Using IE and it was even when I was on the Site Stuff thread !

I've been getting this loads since yesterday and assumed it was a problem with my lappy. I tried to open it, and bugger all happened. Still kept popping up.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Thu 15-Aug-13 23:23:04

grin @ Rowan!

gaggiagirl Fri 16-Aug-13 08:27:50

Its stopped since this thread hurrah!

ColetteTech (MNHQ) Fri 16-Aug-13 13:21:59

Hi everyone,

We're working hard here at HQ to work out what's going on with this, we'll get back to you shortly.


ColetteTech (MNHQ) Fri 16-Aug-13 15:13:10

Can I just check, are you all still experiencing this problem?

BoneyBackJefferson Fri 16-Aug-13 15:32:27


I've not had the seg.js download come up for a while.

I haven't had it for a day and a half now!

ColetteTech (MNHQ) Fri 16-Aug-13 15:52:00

Thanks Boney and Lottie thanks

ImNotBloody14 Fri 16-Aug-13 16:01:21

still happening for me i'm afraid.

GetStuffezd Fri 16-Aug-13 16:01:54

Me too.

ColetteTech (MNHQ) Fri 16-Aug-13 16:18:20

Could you send a screengrab to when you see it? That would be REALLY helpful.
Thanks for the one you uploaded, ImperialBlether.

ImNotBloody14 Fri 16-Aug-13 16:19:41

yep will do.

ImNotBloody14 Fri 16-Aug-13 16:23:25

oh- how do I do a screengrab? grin

GetStuffezd Fri 16-Aug-13 16:27:59

Yup! It won't do it now, of course...!

ColetteTech (MNHQ) Fri 16-Aug-13 16:29:19

I'm assuming you're on Windows because this problem seems limited to Internet Explorer? If so, Microsoft can explain it better than me grin.

ColetteTech (MNHQ) Fri 16-Aug-13 16:29:58


Yup! It won't do it now, of course...!


ImNotBloody14 Fri 16-Aug-13 16:34:33 hasn't happened again but will send one when it does.

LIZS Fri 16-Aug-13 17:10:34

juts had it for 1st time today on a Behaviour/Development thread confused

cumfy Fri 16-Aug-13 19:56:15

I've had this sporadically for 6 months or so.

I just ignore it, nothing happens.

I've always assumed it's a bit of javascript that's got lost. sad

Opera 11, Windows 7.

I've just had this happen twice, both times on the Site Stuff topic. Done a full AV sweep with Avast, and Malwarebytes - all clear.

Will try to get it to happen again, and get a screen shot.


VonTrappFan Sat 17-Aug-13 11:13:07

I seem to get it on active conversations when the East ad with a dark haired woman looking sideways appears. Just happened again.

I was still getting it yesterday on various pages. It is most odd.

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 17-Aug-13 19:20:33


Sorry about this - we're still trying to chase it down.

Next time someone spots it, could you let us know

a) the name of the brand being advertised, and
b) the wording on the ad that's being displayed?


Waltons Sat 17-Aug-13 19:28:34

Also getting it - yesterday and today, AIBU and Chat. Using Internet Explorer. Will try to work out which ad is displaying/grab a screenshot next time it pops up.

VonTrappFan Sat 17-Aug-13 19:53:14

Just happened again and it is definitely the East 50% off sale ad on Active Conversations for me. It says Do you want to open or save seg.js from and then gives me open, save and cancel boxes. I have screen shot it so let me know if you want me to email it to you, and what email address to use.

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 17-Aug-13 21:02:01

Aha! Thanks VonTrappFan

I've just had it pop up again on the Katie Price thread!

VonTrappFan Sun 18-Aug-13 09:08:13

Got it again. Same message, same ad but on a thread this time. The last 3 times I have seen it have all been the East advert. Prior to that I have no idea as wasn't paying attention.

ColetteTech (MNHQ) Mon 19-Aug-13 14:03:47

Thanks for your help on this everyone.
We've put a block on East ads, can you report back and let me know if you're still getting the download message?

Waltons Mon 19-Aug-13 17:03:41

Nothing yesterday or today, Colette. Looks like you fixed it. thanks

ColetteTech (MNHQ) Tue 20-Aug-13 09:10:00

Ooh, I do hope so! hmm

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