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News Banner ads spread viruses

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 16 Nov 2007.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. airchie

    airchie New Member

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    A modified hosts file combined with NoScript pretty much keeps me safe IMO. :)
     
  3. samkiller42

    samkiller42 For i AM Cheesecake!!

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    What about the ad's around bit-tech, can we ba assured they don't contain any nastys?

    Sam
     
  4. Lowsidex2

    Lowsidex2 New Member

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    I LOVE my ad and banner blocker even more now. Even Bit-Tech is annoying with all those animations going off everywhere. But I am careful about where I go and don't run a virus program. It seems most malware just disables them anyway.
     
  5. Silver51

    Silver51 I cast flare!

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    I know disabling ads and not clicking on them hurts sites like Bit-Tech*, but web advertising is becoming so much more invasive these days. Video ads which slow page loading. Flashing, blinking and audio ads making it difficult to concentrate on page contents. I used to disable web ads in the days of 56k, but these days I do it for a quiet life.

    I always felt that there was a threat of malware or something nasty coming from advertising. It wants you to buy something, but I just won't part with my cash if I have a bad feeling about the link.


    *Which is disabled if I like the look of the full page art on the font page. Clicked on the Crysis link a couple of days ago.
     
  6. Hiren

    Hiren mind control Moderator

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    Yes you can, we test internally before putting stuff live on the site.
     
  7. The_Pope

    The_Pope Geoff Richards Super Moderator

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    We also don't use DoubleClick
     
  8. DrFreeze

    DrFreeze New Member

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    ugh, yet another reason to addblock the living crap out of the internet

    (and off course, run linux bwahahahahahahahahaha)
     
  9. Silver51

    Silver51 I cast flare!

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    Giving it some thought, ads wouldn't be so bad if they were actually useful.

    Say, for example, hardware ads on bit which gave you multiple click through options. Personally I have a number of trusted places I'd rather buy hardware from on the internet, but if banner ads gave you more information; multiple resellers, listed prices, p+p, availability etc, it would make them more of a service than a hindrance.
     
  10. -EVRE-

    -EVRE- New Member

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    ^^ Silver51^^ makes a good point.

    I'm running AVG even tho its not the best... it eats ALOT of cpu horse power.
    *Thats why I want a tri core! :b I dont care if its a failed quad core*
     
  11. Icy EyeG

    Icy EyeG Controlled by Eyebrow Powers™

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    I can't see this news title nor the comment count on the front page.... Is there anything wrong?
    I've tried on IE and FireFox...
     
  12. RTT

    RTT #parp

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    I got this the other day - I was on PC Mag or Download.com or something and a new window opened from nowhere, pretended to do a spyware scan, found OMG BAD SPYWARE and then downloaded an exe to my desktop.

    I laughed though, since i was on OS X at the time :D

    Don't worry - the site is cached. It will catch up (it has now)
     
  13. zoom314

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    Ditto, Couldn't agree more.
     
  14. E.E.L. Ambiense

    E.E.L. Ambiense Acrylic Heretic

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    So do many of my ex's. :D

    Seriously, that sucks though. But not uncommon, I suppose.
     
  15. pendragon

    pendragon I pickle they

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    woot

    omg, thank you! there's enough of their crap on the internet as it is!
     
  16. Tyinsar

    Tyinsar 6 screens 1 card since Nov 17 2007

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    I was about to say the same thing
     
  17. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    I don't like ads, 1 in 100 are actually useful
     
  18. samkiller42

    samkiller42 For i AM Cheesecake!!

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    Well thats good to know then, cheers for answering.

    Sam
     
  19. duc

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    I don't mind the ads on Bit-tech as its not intrusive and doesn't freeze-up waiting for a response from an ad-server, ie Hexus.
     
  20. jakenbake

    jakenbake full duplex

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    it could be worse. they could do those underlined keyword things that pop up when you scroll over them. most annoying thing EVER.
     
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