Adverts - warning

Discussion in 'Site Support' started by Sharky, 18 Nov 2018.

  1. Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
    I was tempted to click on one of the adverts - a quiz to identify a car. But a pop up came up, saying my windows 7 was out of date and unless I did something, all my systems files would be deleted.

    I quickly opened up the task manager and killed all processes running, but still had quite a few pop ups threatening before I finally killed them all.

    So be warned - don't click on any of the adverts.

    @Shaun
     
  2. ColinJ

    ColinJ A big clot!

    What makes you think that the adverts that you didn't click on were to blame? :whistle:
     
  3. Andrew_P

    Andrew_P In between here and there

    Also some advertising can just be "drive by" just needs to be viewed.

    I recall eBay having issues with it, although I am guessing it would need to be flash images.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malvertising
     
  4. ColinJ

    ColinJ A big clot!

    Or did you mean that you did click on it?
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
    I clicked on one of the adverts and this opened a new page. I clicked on a few places and then the threatening warning boxes came up.
     
  6. ColinJ

    ColinJ A big clot!

    Oh - yes, that IS a bit worrying!

    I thought that some of the adverts looked a bit iffy. I don't have to worry about them now because I signed up for an ad-free year yesterday, but it definitely needs looking into.
     
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  7. There's only two websites I allow past the adblocker, Cyclechat and Spiceworks. If they can get income from it then I'm happy.

    But like anything else the scum of the earth exploit it.

    For example the Martin Lewis sweet-books advert on my screen now. It's clickbait crap. Lewis isn't making millions and sharing his secrets.
    It will almost certainly go to an advert packed slideshow or download some crap.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
    I don't mind helping to finance the website and I donated last year, but I feel on the basis of supressing adverts, it seems to be for the wrong reason. Knowing that some adverts can now corrupt ones PC, it now seems like "Ransomware" to avoid corruption.

    I would propose all ads be removed for everybody and a modest fee be payable to give access to some of the higher functionality of the website. Could make the ability to post or create new threads only allowed for fee paying members.
     
  9. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    Hi @Sharky, sorry about you bad ad experience.
    @Shaun has been alerted to have a look into this next time he comes on line.
    There was an announcement regarding a small subscription that will free members from the ads, it is here:
    https://www.cyclechat.net/threads/cycle-chat-account-upgrade-advertisement-removal.242531/
     
  10. OP
    OP
    Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
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  11. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    I've just noticed. On my Chromebook using Chrome I see ads. On my tablet using the Samsung browser I don't. I've no adblocker or anything activated, and see ads on some other sites.
     
  12. Shaun

    Shaun Founder Moderator

    Thanks for reporting it @Sharky. Could you please send me a message with the details of the ad insofar as you can remember them, and if you have it in your browser history the URL it linked to; I can remove it from rotation and report it to Google.

    Cheers,
    Shaun
     
  13. OP
    OP
    Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
    Thanks @Shaun for replying.

    No longer have the browsing history, but I recall the original advert was a "Quiz" asking if I could identify a car.
    I clicked through and it was on one of the subsequent pages that the rogue pages started popping up.

    Fortunately, I managed to kill all processes running and there has been no damage done to the PC. I have also now paid up to stop adverts, so hopefully won't be caught again.

    Thanks for investigating
    Cheers Keith
     
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