Originally posted by AlexYou could make the little NEW icon clickable or something so you wouldn't have to design a new icon even!
I'm not sure what you mean. Are you regularly marking the forum read? If so, there's already a "Show New Only" link if you're seeing all the messages in a thread - and you're free to edit your profile to show ONLY new messages.
I'm on my non-Avast backup desktop and everything's fine here. Perusing Twitter lead to a couple news articles and it looks like it's Avast themselves, and not the actual ad people: Avast Antivirus Problems (psionet.co.uk)