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#1 Tufty

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 22:02

Guys this ad has started appearing on every page I'm on:

 

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Not a computer problem because I've had identical ads on 3 different machines and 2 different interweb connections.



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#2 Buttoneer

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 00:09

Guys this ad has started appearing on every page I'm on:

Tufty,

 

Follow the advice suggested by Grayson a few posts above;

 

 

To address two of the main points from the last few posts:

 

- Our ad ops team work hard to block any inappropriate adverts from the site. You shouldn't be seeing anything pornographic or offensive, nor should there be adverts with sound or adverts which take over your whole screen without some sort of interaction from you. You also shouldn't be seeing adverts which are so complicated that they slow down the rendering of the page on a modern browser. Where we can't sell all of our advertising inventory directly, we offer the inventory to third party agencies in bulk and they sell this on (if you're seeing ads which have nothing to do with motorsport or motoring, it probably hasn't been sold directly by our team). If any of these third party adverts are offensive then we will try to block them, so if you see anything like this then please E-mail me the details (preferably with a screenshot and the country from which you're viewing the ad) and we will add those clients to the block-list.

 

 

You have obtrusive rather than offensive, but I'd say that's an appropriate one to report.



#3 Grayson

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:09

Thanks for the report, Tufty. That's exactly the sort of content which we don't allow on our site. Can you confirm the country you're viewing these from so that I can pass this on to our Ad Ops team?

 

I've split this out into its own thread so that anyone coming to the Feedback forum knows where they can report problem ads...



#4 Tufty

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:51

I'm in the UK. Sorry I missed your post in the previous thread, I didn't have time to catch up on it.



#5 Vitesse2

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 13:23

I know you said you thought it wasn't a computer problem, but the logo at the bottom of the popup says it's from Qualitink. Which is adware, probably piggybacked in on something else like a video player. Try running this:

 

http://www.bleepingc...oad/adwcleaner/



#6 Tufty

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 14:25

No change, still popping up. As I say, only showing on this site, and not only on my machines but university ones as well.



#7 275 GTB-4

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 08:23

Autosport's own advertising banner below the fixed banner at the top of opening screen still is slow to load and interferes with the log-in pop up box.....



#8 Grayson

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 09:01

Autosport's own advertising banner below the fixed banner at the top of opening screen still is slow to load and interferes with the log-in pop up box.....

 

Which banner are you talking about, do you mean on the homepage or the forums? And do you mean on desktop or mobile?



#9 275 GTB-4

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 11:09

Which banner are you talking about, forums

And on desktop (IE11)

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[EDIT: usually plenty of time to take a screen dump, maybe 5-10 seconds and sometimes longer, whilst waiting for the adverts to load....]

Edited by 275 GTB-4, 02 April 2014 - 23:34.


#10 Zmeej

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 13:11

Lately, the Canadian-based "Debt reduction" ads (two in particular IIRC - one with a photo of a roll of bills whose company I don't remember, and another from Equifax or Equitax)
are causing severe slow-downs.

Edited by Zmeej, 06 April 2014 - 13:12.


#11 ollebompa

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 06:19

On the main page of the mobile site I just now got a ad that wanted me to "meet eastern beauties". I refreshed a couple of times but it never apperd again.


Edited by ollebompa, 06 August 2014 - 06:27.


#12 LewDaMan

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 08:06

I don't know if it something caused by my computer but the recent Porsche ad at the top/centre of the webpage was a nightmare. It kept overlapping the log-in box, so I couldn't select the cursor in the username and password fields.



#13 Grayson

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 10:06

I don't know if it something caused by my computer but the recent Porsche ad at the top/centre of the webpage was a nightmare. It kept overlapping the log-in box, so I couldn't select the cursor in the username and password fields.

 

That advert was discussed in this thread. Our ads team were going to fix this, and to either run a version of the advert which wasn't causing any problems or run an alternative campaign. Have you had any problems with this in the past week, or was it before that time that the Porsche ad was causing problems?



#14 Rob G

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Posted 29 November 2014 - 05:56

Unfortunately I was too quick on the back button to figure out which ad was causing this, but twice now I've suddenly been transferred to this site: http://premiuminternetdownloader.net .  

 

It tells me that I need to install an updated version of Flash, and it automatically downloads the installer. A virus scan on the .exe file doesn't find any threat, and malwarebytes found nothing either, but I deleted it without installing anything anyway. Screw that.


Edited by Rob G, 29 November 2014 - 06:04.


#15 Tufty

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 19:53

All day I've been getting bounced every 3rd or 4th thread I've opened to the site of the last ad I scrolled past in the previous thread - no matter what it is. When I'm still on Autosport the page never completely loads according to whichever browser or computer I use [browsers - Chrome, Firefox, Opera; OS - XP, Vista, 7].



#16 Rob G

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Posted 11 July 2015 - 23:00

I've been in auto-play hell for about a week now for one particular video that begins with an ad. 

 

Introductory ad (it's for Nissan, if that helps):

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The video itself:

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Thanks in advance.



#17 Catalina Park

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 05:43

The Autosport page on my tablet has been infected with a malware/adware from consumer-reviews.info.

Edit, now it is Zb1.zerodirect1 and cloudscout which all appear to be the same thing.

Edited by Catalina Park, 12 July 2015 - 09:54.


#18 Afterburner

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 21:57

I've been in auto-play hell for about a week now for one particular video that begins with an ad. 

 

Introductory ad (it's for Nissan, if that helps):

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The video itself:

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Thanks in advance.

I'm getting both these ads as well, on a mobile phone--the incredibly aggravating about them is that they play sound if I even run my finger over them to scroll the page (using IE on Windows Phone 8).

 

Any way we can get this looked at? They're making it quite frustrating to browse the site on a phone.



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Posted 14 July 2015 - 23:31

Are you an AutoSport+ Member? The reason I ask is because I have been using Adblock for over a year very successfully and today the AutoSport Site detected I was running Adblock. A banner popped which invited me to learn more as it offers an ad free experience to AutoSport+ members.



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#20 Grayson

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Posted 15 July 2015 - 07:47

I'm asking our ads team to look into these autoplay ads as we speak. Thanks very much for the examples in this thread, that makes it much easier to identify why this has been happening and to block the offending ads.

 

We've got a policy of blocking any ads which have sound (unless you specifically press click to play or anything like that) so these ones have slipped through the net.



#21 Rob G

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 16:14

Are you an AutoSport+ Member? The reason I ask is because I have been using Adblock for over a year very successfully and today the AutoSport Site detected I was running Adblock. A banner popped which invited me to learn more as it offers an ad free experience to AutoSport+ members.

No, I'm not.

 

The above ads are gone. Thank you!



#22 Risil

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 19:55

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Thanks in advance.

 

And thank you for giving me a plug in Website Feedback!



#23 Tufty

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 15:49

Every time I open a thread at the moment I'm getting a sound-based advert. I've not yet found where on the page this sits, as all the ads I'm seeing are WhatCar and certainly nothing to do with computers, theatres or anything else I have heard being talking about. I'm at a loss on this one and can't offer any more info than that. AdBlock doesn't stop it though, nor does it work on anything else on the forum.



#24 Vitesse2

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 18:22

Every time I open a thread at the moment I'm getting a sound-based advert. I've not yet found where on the page this sits, as all the ads I'm seeing are WhatCar and certainly nothing to do with computers, theatres or anything else I have heard being talking about. I'm at a loss on this one and can't offer any more info than that. AdBlock doesn't stop it though, nor does it work on anything else on the forum.

Have you checked your AdBlock settings? If you just downloaded it then you may not have any filter subscriptions enabled. You may also find that uBlock Origin is better anyway ...