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#1 JimFosterAutosport

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 14:44

Dear all

It's come to my attention that, in the USA only, AUTOSPORT.com is currently being served by two or three network ads that massively contravene our brand guidelines. In other words, automatic pop-ups or expanders are appearing that cannot be switched off. Worse, they bombard you with automatic sound and loud music.

If you have been affected by these, we apologise profusely. I have instructed our network agencies in the USA to find these offensive ads and remove them from the system.

If the agencies fail to do so by 5pm on Monday, we will be switching all network ads off in the USA and finding new suppliers of adverts to fill our inventory.

We take this very seriously indeed and recognise that it interferes with your reading and how you interact with the site. In the future, if ads like these slip through the net again, please do let us know on this forum and we will react quickly and decisively to remove them.

Best wishes

Jim

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#2 JimFosterAutosport

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 09:50

The network company we use to serve our ads in the USA have told us they have eradicated this problem - however, if any of our US friends continue to see ads affecting their enjoyment of the site, please let me know.

As I said above, we do take this very seriously.

Best wishes

Jim

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 11:12

I'm not in the USA, in the Canaries, but I'm being subjected to this rubbish today. There are Spanish adverts for Lufthansa, L'oreal and some gaming nonsense.

Edit. 11.41 Nissan bloody Micras now!

Edited by milestone 11, 02 February 2011 - 11:41.


#4 JimFosterAutosport

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 13:33

I'm not in the USA, in the Canaries, but I'm being subjected to this rubbish today. There are Spanish adverts for Lufthansa, L'oreal and some gaming nonsense.

Edit. 11.41 Nissan bloody Micras now!



Will look into it... Can you confirm whether they are auto-play / pop-ups / expanders etc?

Jim

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 15:39

Will look into it... Can you confirm whether they are auto-play / pop-ups / expanders etc?

Jim

Please excuse my obvious ignorance, I don't have a clue as to what I'm being asked. I have pop ups blocked and I run Kaspersky internet security which supposedly filters this but doesn't.


#6 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 11:36

I'm getting some sort of iPhone 4/Phones4U(?) banner that's making noise.

#7 Rob G

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:21

I've got an ad that doesn't pop out or expand, but it verbally shouts "Congratulations! You've won!", tells me visually that I'm the 10,000th visitor, and assaults me with seizure-inducing flashing colors. I've seen it for a couple days now.

#8 primer

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 04:16

:cool:

#9 Tsarwash

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 13:56

I've got an ad that doesn't pop out or expand, but it verbally shouts "Congratulations! You've won!", tells me visually that I'm the 10,000th visitor, and assaults me with seizure-inducing flashing colors. I've seen it for a couple days now.

So how much did you win ? What happened when you clicked the link ? :)


#10 Rob G

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 17:28

So how much did you win ? What happened when you clicked the link ? :)

I never got a chance to click it. By the time my seizure stopped, there was a different ad in its place.  ;)

#11 cheapracer

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 11:51

http://www.24quan.com/cd.html

I'm getting that popup every time I open a page, at least I can close it not like the annoying ones that give you a false close 'X' in the top right hand corner and when you click on it that opens their page.

Bloody annoying though. (I'm in China).

After saying that just before this one started up http://qn.163.com/2011/home/ and this bastard has one of those fake close buttons :mad:

Edited by cheapracer, 09 May 2011 - 14:47.


#12 Afterburner

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 17:59

http://www.24quan.com/cd.html

I'm getting that popup every time I open a page, at least I can close it not like the annoying ones that give you a false close 'X' in the top right hand corner and when you click on it that opens their page.

Bloody annoying though. (I'm in China).

After saying that just before this one started up http://qn.163.com/2011/home/ and this bastard has one of those fake close buttons :mad:

If you aren't already doing so, always use Alt+F4 to close pop-up adverts. Pressing Alt+F4 will close your current browsing session--you won't have to click on the ads in order to get them off of your screen. Massively useful in preventing unwanted ads from invading/possibly infecting your computer. If the ad isn't at the front of your screen, pull it up by clicking it on the taskbar or right click its button on the taskbar and hit "Close".

If you're using a Mac, though, I'm afraid I can't help you. ;)

#13 cheapracer

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 16:15

Thanks Mate, I'll try that.