Malicious ad slips onto StarTribune.com

A Trojan-style virus forced StarTribune.com to cut off its outside advertising feed. After testing all ads for malicious software, Star Tribune officials hope to restore the website to normal Tuesday.

A virus apparently spawned by an advertisement on StarTribune.com on Sunday morning was stopped Monday afternoon by halting the feed of outside ads to the website.

It was a pattern that website operators have seen before: An unauthorized Web advertisement from an outside source was slipped into the mix of electronically routed ads that appear on the website, and visitors apparently received a malicious download from it.

After testing all ads for malicious software, Star Tribune officials hope to restore the website to normal Tuesday.

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