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#101 Grayson

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 13:05

One of our advertising networks has now been disabled as it looks like the banned formats have been coming through them.

 

Please let me know if you see these again!



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#102 pRy

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 16:49

Still getting the Diesel advert today. Cleared my saved images cache etc yesterday.



#103 D-Type

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 19:44

today I'm getting some sort of US spectacles advert.



#104 Allan Lupton

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 10:49

I seem to get advertising next to Forum posts which I don't remember seeing until recently. e.g. there's a Eurostar ad to the right of pRy's post two up from this one.



#105 The Kanisteri

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 07:12

and people still wonder why adblockers are so popular!

 

Futurama saw that coming...



#106 Ickx

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 16:10

Both motorsport.com and the autosport forum is pretty muck useless with the crappy phising "get a free iphone" crap that takes over the website an closing the tab is the only way back.

By the way, I'm on android. The ad is described on earlier page.

#107 Gareth

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 17:55

Just been hit with an Hitachi ad, that has the irritating "force scroll" up to where the ad is that came along with the Diesel one.



#108 FLB

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 19:59

My antivirus has just flashed and cancelled a connection to xml.plaimedia.com because it is infected by a redirecting virus. I had not clicked on anything.


Edited by FLB, 26 November 2017 - 19:59.


#109 Afterburner

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 15:26

Getting the random “Congratulations [random store] customer! You’ve won a $1000 gift card and an iPhone X!” ads again. Makes it impossible to reload the page and requires a shutdown of the tab to kill the ad. Really annoying, will get you a link when I can.

#110 GhostR

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 16:28

HMV ad in Racing comments won't let me scroll down the page - keeps bouncing the page back to the top.

 

It's playing a mini video in the area normally reserved for the wide banners at the top: https://gcdn.2mdn.ne...2/file/file.mp4

 

If I sit and watch it, every so often an actual banner ad flashes on screen before the little video takes over again.


Edited by GhostR, 08 December 2017 - 16:31.


#111 pRy

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 15:39

We've an auto playing, auto scrolling, auto repeating advert back again.

 

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Same style of ad.. a little video window on a black backrgound. 

 

(Product is "bull dog skincare")


Edited by pRy, 11 December 2017 - 15:54.


#112 Coral

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 14:29

I'm getting a really annoying video ad at the top of the page... the ads are for all kinds of things...I've seen HMV, Nicorette and most recently BrightHouse (shudder). :mad:  The ad makes reading pages almost impossible as when I try to scroll down it bounces back to the top of the page where the ad is.

 

This, and the search function not working, is really spoiling my enjoyment of this forum. :cry:



#113 Grayson

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 15:33

Thanks for the reports.

 

Can you guys confirm that these video ads have only been seen on desktop (ie. not mobile phones) and in the UK? If so, I think we've got our culprit and I'll get it blacklisted.



#114 Pascal

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 21:43

I've had an instance of these "get a free iPhone" ad taking over my tab today. I'm on iOS 11.2, and on a French mobile network.

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 17:17

I'm getting the HMV ones as well. Desktop only. Fine on my phone or tablet.

 

The frame appears to link to the following (for reference)

 

https://gcdn.2mdn.ne...2/file/file.mp4



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 10:19

This HMV ad is making this forum literally impossible to read.



#117 GhostR

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 12:04

Thanks for the reports.

 

Can you guys confirm that these video ads have only been seen on desktop (ie. not mobile phones) and in the UK? If so, I think we've got our culprit and I'll get it blacklisted.

 

Bit delayed, but yes can confirm all of the above.



#118 Zmeej

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 16:46

The obdii gauge ads obscure the "like" button.

(Major tragedy, I know. :p)

#119 Grayson

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 17:08

I'm not familiar with that ad, but nothing should be able to get out of its ad slot/wrapper...

 

Could you take a screenshot and post it here or send it to simon.grayson@autosport.com please?



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#120 paulogman

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 20:25

For the last week or so I have been automatically taken from autosport, both the website and the forum to websites either claiming my phone has a virus or that I won a gift card.
It only happens from my phone. Samsung 6
Not my laptop. I use chrome browser

#121 Grayson

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 11:41

Thanks Paul. Could you let me know which country you're in?

 

And if this happens again, could you copy the URL that you're taken to and let me know what it is?



#122 paulogman

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 15:24

Hi Grayson, in the US.
Just happened 5 minutes ago.
I am a little hesitant to interact with the pages to be honest because I know they are either malware or some kind of virus
It happens in the kubica return to motorsports thread in racing comments
If that helps.
Emailing you a screen shot of one of the pages I just got taken to.

Edited by paulogman, 21 December 2017 - 19:06.


#123 Afterburner

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 13:00

US
iPhone 6s
Safari

http://user.landing-...U-q-2Km8zKsOFMo
http://us.marginaliz...VNJ2DIAH5352AMC
https://walmart.supe...&uho=1513959836
http://us.suburbaniz...aid=pulsepoint"
http://upgiftcard.to...da39a3ee5e6b4b0
http://betagiftcard....da39a3ee5e6b4b0
https://walmart.supe...ame-the/page-15
http://us.acclimatiz...aid=pulsepoint"
http://ingmatic.com/...9800998ecf8427e
http://nextgiftcard....s.autosport.com
http://us.sanitizes5...B4PK8MA1THPP0BE
http://us.decarboniz...1NET8MA1ETO21FQ
http://us.telesthesi...8JOS9MA194NDJ84
http://us.sordine814...4BR1AMAHVMEDEKK
http://j8r83ksg60.pw...11/b22wjfta.php
http://s1m5.pw/us_am...s.autosport.com
http://trygiftcard.t...s.autosport.com
http://ds3oye6k93.pw...del=&osversion=
http://us.lustering2...SLFDQNA14OUVL0F
http://x3i9.pw/us_am...s.autosport.com

To be updated with other links in the future. Still updating. You guys getting the picture yet?

Edited by Afterburner, 29 December 2017 - 18:53.


#124 paulogman

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 19:08

Yup, getting those as well

#125 E1pix

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 22:47

I've had an instance of these "get a free iPhone" ad taking over my tab today. I'm on iOS 11.2, and on a French mobile network.

 

Yep, I get them every day.

 

And Grayson, only getting them on my iPhone, not my Apple laptop.

 

 

Edit: Also in the US, California currently but got them in Ohio, Indiana, Colorado, Kansas……..

 

Doesn't matter what thread I'm on.


Edited by E1pix, 22 December 2017 - 22:49.


#126 paulogman

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 19:11

Got the virus alert one just now

#127 Ickx

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Posted 25 December 2017 - 19:53

It's a disgrace that Autosport can't manage their ads properly. The page and especially the forums have been plagued with the phishing ads for a long time.

I would never use anything but an ad blocking browser on Autosport as it is this bad and it is constantly reported. Time after time it has been said that it will be dealt with but nothing happens. Sometimes they blame the ad provider but it is a silly argument, they are just a sub supplier.

Adblock browser works well on android. I would prefer to support the forums with ads but not with all the dodgy ads that flourish here.

#128 Winterapfel

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Posted 26 December 2017 - 06:45

I'm on Android, in the mobile layout of the forum, in The Netherlands. For the last couple of days there is an ad from "financiallease.nl", which is so long (vertically) that it is on top of (and as a result hides) the two posts below the ad.

 

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Edited by Winterapfel, 26 December 2017 - 06:48.


#129 Vitesse2

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Posted 26 December 2017 - 11:51

For those people who seem to think this is an easy thing to fix or control, perhaps I can recommend you read this article?

 

The great online advertising swindle

#130 Ickx

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Posted 26 December 2017 - 12:15


For those people who seem to think this is an easy thing to fix or control, perhaps I can recommend you read this article?
The great online advertising swindle


Thanks for the share, interesting read.

I still think that Autosport (Motorsport Network) should be able to do better though. No other website I use daily come close in how bad is it here. Particularly on mobile.

#131 Afterburner

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Posted 27 December 2017 - 17:21

Thanks for the share, interesting read.

I still think that Autosport (Motorsport Network) should be able to do better though. No other website I use daily come close in how bad is it here. Particularly on mobile.

I second this. The forum is next to unusable due to the stupid phone phishing ads.

#132 R Soul

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Posted 27 December 2017 - 17:24

This advert keeps scrolling the page back to itself so I can't read other posts:

 

<div class=" __cedato_content_poster" style="background-image: url(&quot;https://i.irzoo.com/...-480.jpg&#34;);"></div>

 

edit: after posting this while keeping the source thread in its own tab, the scrolling seems to have stopped, so it may be something that happens while it loads, although it seems to go on for a lot longer than it takes to read new posts.


Edited by R Soul, 27 December 2017 - 17:27.


#133 pRy

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 00:05

Latest advert taking control of my browser is another video ad, this time for "Player Unknowns Battlegrounds" on the Xbox. Great game. But I don't need the ad to keep scrolling my browser up to the top of the page.


Edited by pRy, 28 December 2017 - 00:05.


#134 pRy

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 14:02

Same issue. This time a Gov.Uk advert regarding child abuse.


Edited by pRy, 06 January 2018 - 14:02.


#135 as65p

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 16:28

The solution would be of course to not sell to ad farms but stick with "manual" static ads always under control of the webmaster. But of course that would spoil the holy grail of modern advertising, i.e. targeting, and bring quite a bit less money. So... greed is the ultimate reason you have to endure this, duh.

 

The funny thing is, in my personal experience I'm "targeted" correctly by ads about 1 out of 10 times, the rest is stuff I wouldn't buy or invest in even with cash to spare. :stoned:



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Posted 06 January 2018 - 17:02

The solution would be of course to not sell to ad farms but stick with "manual" static ads always under control of the webmaster.

In which case many of our members would see ads which were entirely unsuited to their geographical location. British advertisers aren't going to pay good money for ads shown to Europe, the USA or Australia if their products aren't available there. Or vice versa.

 

The funny thing is, in my personal experience I'm "targeted" correctly by ads about 1 out of 10 times, the rest is stuff I wouldn't buy or invest in even with cash to spare. :stoned:

I use ad blockers, but if Amazon's 'recommended for you' is anything to go by there's something seriously wrong with the algorithms. I've no idea why Amazon should think I would want either a lock picking kit or an automatic aquarium fish feeder 'based on your previous purchases'.



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Posted 06 January 2018 - 18:49

In which case many of our members would see ads which were entirely unsuited to their geographical location. British advertisers aren't going to pay good money for ads shown to Europe, the USA or Australia if their products aren't available there. Or vice versa.

 

Nah, that's no valid reason to use ad farms. Showing different ads based on location can be implemented locally on the website. Of course not nearly as flexible as described in the article you linked further up this page.

 

I use ad blockers, but if Amazon's 'recommended for you' is anything to go by there's something seriously wrong with the algorithms. I've no idea why Amazon should think I would want either a lock picking kit or an automatic aquarium fish feeder 'based on your previous purchases'.

 

 

Well, that's also partly explained in the article. The whole thing has gotten too complex to be controlled by humans and at the same time there are many humans in the chain more than happy to sell hot air, so it's basically a bunch of half-cooked algorhytms left alone fighting with eachother in cyberspace. But hey, it's the future!

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#138 Afterburner

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 13:10

Phone adverts have stopped for now, thankfully. :up:

#139 Tim Murray

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 08:22

For the last couple of days I’ve been getting annoying ads popping up on my mobile. They take over the complete page, and the only way to get rid of them is to go back to the previous page and then reload the page I was on. They seem to be mainly for various games - this is the one that pops up most often:

http://m.uk.jammitup...&subid=a299596s

This has so far only happened when I’m on the forums. I’m using Safari on iPhone 6, in the UK.

ETA: Just had another:

http://bv6.wunderful...fbd28&affid=191

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 16:15

Getting bombarded with this here in Florida today https://dtrk.slimcdn...=299596&uid=219

#141 Grayson

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 16:48

Thanks both.

 

JP - I assume that's on mobile?



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Posted 19 February 2018 - 15:19

Yes sir. iPhone in the USA and got this today too. http://congratulatio...629a00019ae1b0#

#143 Grayson

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 15:56

Thanks. We've paused one of our ad networks who I suspect to be the culprit.

 

If anyone sees another one of these, could you let me know so that I know it wasn't only that network?



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Posted 19 February 2018 - 23:42

Nice work Simon..
Thanks
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#145 Tim Murray

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 08:07

Yes indeed. I’ve had no recurrence of the problem for several days now.

#146 noikeee

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 07:57

Getting routinely redirected to an "adult" advert whilst browsing the forums on mobile (Android) : http://traffic.tc-cl...DE8RV5C1ETSCLSE

This has been happening for a few days and only here on the forums, no other website so I doubt it's virus on my end or anything.

#147 Grayson

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 10:36

Thanks Noikeee.

 

To confirm, when you say you're being redirected, do you mean that you're being forcibly sent to that site without clicking on any ads or anything?



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Posted 01 March 2018 - 10:43

Thanks Noikeee.

 

To confirm, when you say you're being redirected, do you mean that you're being forcibly sent to that site without clicking on any ads or anything?

 

Yes. I'm browsing the forums and suddenly without clicking anything, the address has changed to that.



#149 milestone 11

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 12:08

Something called ScribbleLive is playing hell with my machine today. Kaspersky has so far blocked almost 500 attempts to collect data.



#150 Grayson

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 12:20

Something called ScribbleLive is playing hell with my machine today. Kaspersky has so far blocked almost 500 attempts to collect data.

 

Scribble Live is the tool which powers the live coverage - I presume you've been on the page with the live coverage of the final day of the Barcelona test?

 

If you've got any more info about what Kaspersky is telling you (or a screenshot), could you share that with me so that I can ask our developers to look into this?