By on August 14, 2012

Two weeks ago, we had a rash of annoying ads. We are talking about autoplay video with autoplay audio. Not good. Especially in a work setting. Our technical crew worked quickly to have them turned off. And they did. Now we hear reports that they are back.

Ads are more and more served individually. They are no longer sent to TTAC and put on the website like in yesteryear.   This makes them hard to monitor. This instance is especially annoying, because we can’t see them. They must be localized. Please help us out and report occurrences of auto play video ads. It is very hard to fight what we can’t see. We need your help. We want to kill those ads as fast as possible. Please help us track them down.

Please report:

Location, ISP, time, product advertised

 

Again, please report video ads with audio only.  Those little silent flash movies don’t count. Thank you!

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41 Comments on “About Those Annoying Ads Again...”


  • avatar
    Zackman

    I don’t think it’s happened here, yet, but another website I go on all of a sudden a window will pop up saying your computer is infected and needs to be cleaned. Then it asks you to start now. When I try to close it, it doesn’t let me, so eventually I’m able to kill it, then I go clean out my cache and start all over. REALLY ANNOYING.

    • 0 avatar

      Par for the course in Windows-land

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      You need Malware Bytes Anti-Malware. It is free, it is powerful, it is awesome. It will clean your computer.

      You are infected.

      • 0 avatar
        chuckrs

        Another customer for Malwarebyte. And just pay the $25 to get the ‘pro’ version. Also, make sure you have MS Security Essentials.

        Malwarebytes should find the virus – usually hiding in the user’s temporary files. You can also search the exact phrase used in the pop-up and manually remove many viruses based on online documentation. It gets a lot worse if you have a rootkit based virus, though.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        firefox with noscript+adblock+ghostery+betterprivacy = no ads.

        Of course, if you care about certain websites, knowing ad revenue drives content, and you don’t want the content to stop, as such is the case given my feelings about this site, you need only turn off adblock with a simple click of the mouse to allow that revenue to come flowing into TTAC’s coffers, like milk and honey.

    • 0 avatar
      kvndoom

      If you’re using Internet Exploder, get off it and install Chrome or Firefox.

      If your primary account is running as administrator, downgrade it to a user account.

      If you’re using the antivirus program that came with your computer, it probably expired 90 days after you bought it. Get Avast, MSE, or something that’s free, never expires, and automatically scans/updates.

      These 3 steps alone will prevent over 90% of virus infections for most people.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Agreed.

        p.s. – Has anyone else had firefox acting sluggish and freezing, with latest version (14.0.1)?

      • 0 avatar
        APaGttH

        @DeadWeight

        Last update of Firefox SUCKS! I’ve been using IE 9.x from time to time out of frustration.

        I would download Chrome but feel Google is inherently evil when it comes to privacy, and the two middle fingers they consistently extend to the concept.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Yep, I don’t want to have to resort to chrome, either, given that they’re essentially daisy chaining gmail, google+, search inquiries, and otherwise mining and linking data from IP addresses.

        I hope the Mozilla team fixes the problems with the newest version of FF asap.

      • 0 avatar
        highdesertcat

        Deadweight, Firefox 15.0 has been out on the Beta site for awhile. May help you.

        I use Opera v12.01 as my primary browser and it has done good for me.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Doh! I forgot about Opera. It was good when I used it, but that was a long time ago.

        I switched to Firefox, and then with the extension available on it, such as noscript and betterprivacy and https everywhere, didn’t want to switch to a browser without these privacy/adblock extensions available.

        Thanks for the tip on the beta version of FF. I’ll probably try it out.

      • 0 avatar
        rpn453

        FF 14.0.1 is working fine for me (running XP on a 9-year-old Dell).

        For a long time I was only using Flashblock so that the reasonable ads would still come through, but now that so many sites have tie-ins with Facebook and Twitter and whatever else that slow everything down, I had to throw NoScript on too. I wish I had done it earlier.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      I wouldn’t even try to exit out of or close a pop up saying my computer is infected. CTRL/ALT/Delete.

      • 0 avatar
        highdesertcat

        Only if you know the routine that’s running it. Many times such an ad routine for a pop-up is disguised as “svchost.exe” or “servicesxyz.exe”, and if you terminate the wrong one you may lock up your system when the routine is called and is not there.

      • 0 avatar
        kvndoom

        Yeah, kill the browser process from Task Manager. Typically clicking the pop up at all will trigger the malware install.

  • avatar
    Gardiner Westbound

    I use Firefox with the Adblock Plus, NoScript and BetterPrivacy extensions. I have never seen the offensive advertisements.

    I am torn about blocking ads because good sites depend on the revenue. When the alternative is abandoning the site because the advertisements are so oppressive ad blocking is the lesser evil.

  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    I’ running all apple with safari on both Mac air and iOS; latest s/w releases. Never saw these adds on my iOS devices. Am running click to flash on my OSX equipped Mac, maybe that’s the reason I never saw these on the Mac either? Would be interesting to know if the ads were coming thru via flash or html5.

  • avatar
    Fugue

    Home page, Comcast, 7:35 AM PST, Lysol Products

    I had left my volume up and it startled me I nearly spilled my coffee!!

  • avatar
    JMII

    No ads here: Mac OSX, Firefox with Ad Blocker Plus.

  • avatar
    SpannerX

    Had one for Resolve stain remover on the front page. Started right up as soon as I opened this page in Chrome.

  • avatar
    juicy sushi

    Ottawa, ISP unknown (I’m at work), 12:19pm 2012.08.14, some kind of food product.

  • avatar
    stuntmonkey

    Vancouver, 9:31am August 14. Resolve cleaner advertised

  • avatar
    tbhride

    Location, ISP, time, product advertised

    Silver Spring, Maryland / Verizon / Time: yesterday evening? / Can’t remember.

    Mac OSX, Safari

    I was reading Jacks Zeroth Place article and I was already a third of the way through before it started. Despite having a play/pause button and audio control on the video it would not let me pause, or turn down the audio via its controls.

    Anyway it ran its course and then a minute or two later it played again while I was still reading the same article!

  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    To find your ISP address go to:
    http://whatismyipaddress.com/
    Very handy tool.

    This is good for checking your net speeds:
    http://Www.speedtest.net

    For those rare times TTAC seems to be down, you can check it here:
    http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/
    (says TTAC is presently up!)

  • avatar
    Sinistermisterman

    As per many of the comments here, I use Chrome and Adblocker. A fan-diddly-tastic combination.

  • avatar
    Feds

    1:10 EST

    RESOLVE Detergent is auto-playing on the main page.

  • avatar
    mikey

    1:35 EST RESOLVE Oshawa Ontario

  • avatar
    fiasco

    I emailed Derek last night, and I must say you have been great about trying to fix this issue.

    Today, main page, 1:32 PM EDT, Mac with Safari, TDS Telecom ISP, Lyndeborough, NH. Ad for Lysol that I could not mute, followed by some minute-long subtitled story about a miniature dog or something (I just let it play to see what happened), followed by a Lysol ad I was actually able to mute after a couple tries, followed by a breakdancing robot that I paused.

    Maybe I have to try a Mac adblocker…which doesn’t help you guys make any dough.

  • avatar
    fiasco

    And now at 1:42 PM EDT on this page, an Airwick ad.

    Maybe I’m just filthy.

  • avatar
    jaybird124

    lysol ad at 3:20 PM Est in Tampa, FL

  • avatar
    JuniperBug

    Montreal, ISP: Videotron, Product: Resolve stain remover
    Time: As of this posting

  • avatar
    ClutchCarGo

    Chicagoland, Comcast, 14:45 CDT, assorted vendors (mostly Airwick)

  • avatar
    Japanese Buick

    North Carolina. This page, 4pm EDT, Chrome on Windows XP, Airwick, I’m at work so don’t know the ISP but I suspect it’s AT&T.

    btw I learned years ago to keep the volume muted at all times when at work so I hadn’t noticed this. I just unmuted to see if something was playing, and sure enough…

    • 0 avatar
      fredtal

      I wonder if some of you have trojans installed. You all haven’t installed some funky toolbars recently have you? Any “FREE” software recently?

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        If they do, I would like to help them by suggesting they download ESET Nod32′s free online scanner:

        http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/

        I’ve found it to rival many excellent paid-for virus/trojan horse software in detecting and eliminating trojan malware.

        Malwarebytes (free or paid version) is an indispensable, also.

        Avira (free or paid) does a good job (better than most others, IMO) in keeping the malware away.

  • avatar
    tbhride

    Happened just now on the page “Piston Slap: 38,000 Impala Police Cars Recalled, Chevrolet Claims Victory?”

    Silver Spring, MD / Verizon DSL / 4:18pm EST / Lysol

    Mac/Safari


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