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How do I stop these scripts halting my laptop?

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Almost every website I go to including such well-organized sites as BBC News and webdesignerdepot.com my laptop freezes.   The arrow pointer and the mjoving circle remains on the screen for anything up to three or four minutes.
Then the following message appears :

Warning Unresponsive script

Options

Continue     Debug Script   Stop Script

In between is a display of what the script is.
I have tried  re-downloading Firefox, running Malawarebyes, Eset cleaning out the cache but to no avail.
This developed last week.   I have not had any problem like this in many years of accessing websites.
I am running Windows 7.
The offending script changes of course with each website.
What can I do please?   I am on the Internet seven hours a day and this is driving me nuts!!!
I attach a screenshot.
Thanks.
Unresponsive-script.bmp
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Question by:digisel
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by:jcimarron
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digisel --
I would suspect adware.  Have you scanned with an up to date antivirus?

You should be able to block these messages by putting ad.lijit.com into your HOSTS file.  But that does not remove the adware from the PC.

Do you use Google Analytics?
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by:digisel
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As I mentioned I have run the latest version of malbytes and also eset.  No change.
I do use Google Analytics reasonably frequently???
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Marc Z earned 300 total points
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You mention using Firefox. Might I suggest you also install the No-script add on?  This extension will block all scripts until You allow them. You can fully whitelist pages or temporarily allow which gives you ultimate control.  
I use it and when I come to a website that doesn't appear to work correctly, I then temporarily allow each one till it works the way I want.  If it's a site I expect to visit regularly, I  permanently allow just the scripts I want to allow.
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by:digisel
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to mtz1of4:   thanks.   that sounds promising because on reflection this seemed to start happening after i re-downloaded firefox.
I do not know what scripts in this context are for.   What do they do?   What are the implications of blocking them?   How do I allow certain ones?
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by:Big Monty
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the best way to determine if you're infectected or not is to try another browser, such as Chrome or IE. If those browsers fail as well, then you have something seriously wrong with your setup and may have something more than adware, most likely a virus. also check your event log and see if that gives you any info
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by:jcimarron
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digisel ----
1)  From http:#a40592493
"You should be able to block these messages by putting ad.lijit.com into your HOSTS file.  But that does not remove the adware from the PC.

2)  Do you use Google Analytics? "

3)  "This developed last week"
Run a System Restore to a date before the problem started.
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by:digisel
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to:  jcimarron   I do use google analytics regularly.     I have NOT added this
 ad.lijit.com into your HOSTS file  because I do not know what the HOSTS  file is and the Firefox add on suggested by mtz1of4 seems to have solved the problem.   But it has knock off the SEOQuake bard for the Results.
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by:digisel
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follow up.   I did run a system restore at the outset and that did not fix it to the best of my recollection.
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by:digisel
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to: mtz1of4   I added the NO script Firefox add on.   And it seems to have worked.   But it seems also to have knocked out my SeoQuake lines for the results.    In addition I do not know how to:
1.   Edit or refine this to allow certain scripts through
2.   know what scripts to allow through
3.   turn off or delete the NO script should I need to.
???
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by:digisel
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To Big Monty   This does not appear to occur in IE or in Chrome which I had tried.   I do prefer Firefox.   I use ESET anti virus and it has not picked up anything in several scans.   Similarly Malwarebytes.
Here is an additonal point .   I have a lot of toruble with Adobe Flash and need to download it around  once a week.    Could the rogue script, which is different with every search that I do, be as a result of a glitch in Adobe Flash or in Firefox itself.
Now that it seems to be working with the No Script Add on (notwithstanding the loss of SEOquake) I am wondering what to do hereon
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digisel--
Google Analytics is likely the source of ad.lijit .
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thanks jcimarron
What can i do about Google analytics.
I have been using it like forever and never had this happen before.
Is there a solution other than running the NoScript which seems to knock out me SEOquake???
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by:jcimarron
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digisel--
"Is there a solution other than running the NoScript ...?
I do not know how well HOSTS acts in Firefox.
Try it.  It will not hurt.
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm
You do not need to load the Hosts.zip file.  Just put
0.0.0.0  ad.lijit.com
as the first line of your HOSTS file after the last #
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by:digisel
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thank  you all for your time and input.   there has been some improvement due, I think, to the No Script.
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digisel--
Glad to have helped.
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