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Aim828



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:05 pm Reply with quote
ANN page: www.animenewsnetwork.com/ (Home page)

Url: https://kahdacitylinkexpress.org/7481287185824/959f0925f71aba4f7f677a72f73492ed/cfd0cd63a760847987dca46f15ad4e43.html

Date: 10-13-16 at 10:03pm CST

Location: Dallas, TX

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Dan42
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:15 pm Reply with quote
Just made a fix that should, hopefully, as of now, stop these redirects.

/me crosses fingers
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Polycell



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:44 pm Reply with quote
leafy sea dragon wrote:
I never got these. I wonder if that's due to me using a Mac, or if it's just luck.
If you're using Safari, the ad probably doesn't target you to begin with. I wouldn't expect them to bother with caring if you're running !Windows unless they had multiple versions to serve.
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leafy sea dragon



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:30 pm Reply with quote
Polycell wrote:
If you're using Safari, the ad probably doesn't target you to begin with. I wouldn't expect them to bother with caring if you're running !Windows unless they had multiple versions to serve.


I'm actually using Firefox. I haven't seen these on Chrome either. Is this a Windows-only issue?
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Kadmos1



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 5:44 am Reply with quote
This hasn't happened to me yet, but good job on ANN looking out for us.
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Dan42
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:50 am Reply with quote
So, it didn't work after all...
Sad

I'm attempting another fix, let's see if it works this time.
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relyat08



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 1:43 pm Reply with quote
^It may be working for some people. This happened to me multiple time per day last week, but hasn't happened since that fix.
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leafy sea dragon



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:32 pm Reply with quote
Dan42 wrote:
So, it didn't work after all...
Sad

I'm attempting another fix, let's see if it works this time.


Is this the type that installs malware onto other people's computers? Those would be VERY troublesome to remove.
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SailorDJ



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:27 am Reply with quote
I've never had this problem, but I'm glad it's being addressed. Thanks ANN!
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taster of pork



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:54 am Reply with quote
I guess I've been lucky. Haven't had this happen, yet.
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Heishi



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:15 am Reply with quote
I can't believe this is happening in a place like ANN.
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TheAncientOne



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:16 am Reply with quote
I haven't seen any of these redirects, but I use NoScript. I don't purposely block ads, but if they depend on scripting to display, they won't. That also means if they do something undesirable, that also won't work, which is what I'm really going for.

Heishi wrote:
I can't believe this is happening in a place like ANN.

Malvertising has happened to companies far larger and more well known than ANN.

For example:
http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/03/big-name-sites-hit-by-rash-of-malicious-ads-spreading-crypto-ransomware/
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kiminobokuwa



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:00 pm Reply with quote
I wonder if this is just me, but now whenever I refresh this site it just crashes my entire browser. I think it's the ads because it's only this one website I'm having trouble eith and it's a shame because I love this site. Hopefully I can fix it...
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SailorDJ



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:14 pm Reply with quote
kiminobokuwa wrote:
I wonder if this is just me, but now whenever I refresh this site it just crashes my entire browser. I think it's the ads because it's only this one website I'm having trouble eith and it's a shame because I love this site. Hopefully I can fix it...


Have you tried an ad blocker and then refreshed this site? That should tell you if it's the ads that's causing your browser to crash.
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Snomaster1
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:27 pm Reply with quote
Thanks for everyone who responded to my post. I've gotten a lot more careful about where I go and what I do. I haven't seen this sort of thing personally and I hope I don't encounter stuff like this. Good going,ANN with this fake browser thing and I mean that as a compliment. I hope this doesn't make a return.
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