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 76 lu 127, Sat, 24th Mar '12 5:21:17 PM from the Forest of Thorns Relationship Status: Loves me...loves me not
Google Chrome.
小さく揺れた向日葵
needs caffeine
http://www.flickr.com/photos/33634816@N03/7014361639/

Haaagh...the Mailbook ad...it IS misleading.
Let's party!
 78 VmKid, Sun, 25th Mar '12 2:19:03 PM from Shuggazoom City Relationship Status: Robosexual
Nerdy. Weird. AWESOME.
(Not-A-Mod disclaimer)

General Tiu, please only use this thread for ads that are disruptive or contain viruses. Nothing can be done about "Misleading" ads.

edited 25th Mar '12 2:20:00 PM by VmKid

 79 Fighteer, Wed, 4th Apr '12 11:24:59 AM from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Geronimo!
Here's an odd one. I am getting a Flash ad on Ask The Tropers, although I also saw it on the forum top, that displays a progress bar that says "Automatic Updates", with a moving progress bar and fake buttons to "Restart Now" or "Restart Later".

Analysis of the HTML reveals the frame source as follows:

iframe:
optimized-by.rubiconproject.com/a/8777/14415/29991-15.html
script:
www.burstnet.com/cgi-bin/ads/ad22802a.cgi/v=2.3S/sz=300x250A/NZ/759/RETURN-CODE/JS/
script:
www.lijit.com/delivery/fp?u=GiantRealm&z=135962&ljt_giantid=0ReF0nPe1GK424Rg04OqnH2_3S02vc02vc&n=1

The Flash application itself is
content.yieldmanager.edgesuite.net/atoms/cf/97/43/01/cf9743010f1b57161045456e381e73f8.swf

There's lots of other material there, too much for me to easily copy/paste. And it breaks the forum width too.

edited 4th Apr '12 11:26:35 AM by Fighteer

Thanks. Will forward.
Goal: Clear, Concise and Witty
 81 joeyjojo, Wed, 11th Apr '12 1:16:25 AM from South Sydney: go the bunnies! Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Happy Oktoberfest!
I'm not sure if this is the right place to report this but if you type 'tvtropes.com' as as opposed to 'tvtropes.org' into the adress bar this page appears.

Any reason for that?
Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy -Gandolf In Harry Potter
Poachers sitting on the URL. They grabbed the .com name before we could.
Goal: Clear, Concise and Witty
 83 joeyjojo, Wed, 11th Apr '12 5:38:17 AM from South Sydney: go the bunnies! Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Happy Oktoberfest!
dastards, still no big lost I guess : /
Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy -Gandolf In Harry Potter
Yup. Just an annoyance.
Goal: Clear, Concise and Witty
 85 Deboss, Wed, 11th Apr '12 7:20:07 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Try to always google search instead of trying to enter the actual website. It helps you steer clear most of the time.
Not malware, but: So I have Firefox set to reopen the tabs I have open last time (as I do with all my browsers except IE which doesn't offer it so I have to do it manually using Tools > Restore Last Browsing Session). This time, I open Firefox and a short time after it's started loading the pages the following joins the tabs on one of my windows:

ib.adnxs.com/acb?member=316&width=300&height=250&pb=20&cb=1332563234&referrer=http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/main/citizenshipmarriage

This eventually redirects to some site shilling god-knows-what. It's an odd duck, as despite the "width" and "height" variables in the URL it's not a pop-up but simply becomes another tab on my tab bar, a new tab as opposed to hijacking the tab with Citizenship Marriage on it, nor has TV Tropes opened a pop-up ad before, and I didn't click on anything on the page, or even make the Citizenship Marriage tab active.

link edited to keep someone from clicking by accident - Willbyr

edited 12th Apr '12 3:45:37 AM by Willbyr

 87 Joaqs, Wed, 11th Apr '12 10:25:42 PM from Argentina
Técnico Electromecánico
Please edit the link with some spaces, removing the http://, etc so it does not directly link to the page of the advertising so people do not press it by accident, etc.

edited 11th Apr '12 10:31:08 PM by Joaqs

 88 Earl of Sandvich, Wed, 25th Apr '12 5:05:16 AM from the Palouse Relationship Status: Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
Please assume the position!
Now and then I kept hearing ads on this site about Lysol spray and some sort of carpet cleaning product. Getting kind of annoying, as I typically listen to music while browsing.

edited 25th Apr '12 5:09:57 AM by EarlOfSandvich

Status of possible Fallout RP idea: Thinking of and open to new ideas.

Just feelin' like a casual chat? My PM box is ALWAYS open!
 89 chihuahua 0, Mon, 21st May '12 6:58:25 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
Writer's Welcome Wagon
I wouldn't say it's malicious, but this one ad from StubHub keeps freezing Google Chrome up and producing this message:

A script in this movie is causing Adobe Flash Player to run slowly. If it continues to run, your computer may become unresponsive. Do you want to abort the script? Yes / No

edited 21st May '12 7:01:37 PM by chihuahua0

reported
Goal: Clear, Concise and Witty
 91 Willbyr, Tue, 22nd May '12 3:43:30 AM from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Anime-ted
Crossposting, from TParadox:

I know TVT isn't directly responsible for the ads, and it wasn't inappropriate content, but I was looking for the right place to report an ad that may be undesirable, and couldn't find one, so I went here.

I got an ad with sound. One of those that say something like "Congratulations, you're a winner" when they load. I hadn't even known it was there, since it was below where I'd scrolled. It was flashing yellow with a smiley face, and similarly vague "you're a winner" text.

This may or may not be the kind of ad you'd want to report to Adsense. I know the most annoying ads pay the most, but ads with unbidden sound are even worse than popups, and I don't get the idea we're that badly off right now.
I got the same ad as above. Screenshot incoming if requested.

(Seems to be from a site called Local Promotions (dot) Info, or at least, that's the URL listed at the bottom of said ad.)

edited 22nd May '12 9:10:38 PM by DarkConfidant

reported. Plays by itself audio is the worst.
Goal: Clear, Concise and Witty
 94 32 Footsteps, Fri, 1st Jun '12 8:27:58 AM from Just north of Arkham Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
Think of the mooks!
Don't have a screenshot, but I've gotten an ad for adult novelties to appear a couple times today. I don't know if it's still in the queue or not (haven't seen it in the last hour or so), but I think, particularly with the more family-friendly guidelines we're shooting for, that we should request it not be shown here.
Reminder: Offscreen Villainy does not count towards Complete Monster.
Wel, if anybody else sees it, get a screen cap. Hard to report it if we know nothing about it.
Goal: Clear, Concise and Witty
 96 32 Footsteps, Fri, 1st Jun '12 9:15:53 AM from Just north of Arkham Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
Think of the mooks!
No problem. By the way, what's the stance on ads for questionably legal services, such as ads for games that are almost certainly hacked or pirated?
Reminder: Offscreen Villainy does not count towards Complete Monster.
Not our job to police the internet, I think. Dudes who advertise their illegal activities have short-ish crime careers, anyway.
Goal: Clear, Concise and Witty
 98 32 Footsteps, Fri, 1st Jun '12 9:27:18 AM from Just north of Arkham Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
Think of the mooks!
Fair enough. As long as we don't get blowback from them being Too Dumb to Live, I'm fine with letting them basically put up billboards to get caught.
Reminder: Offscreen Villainy does not count towards Complete Monster.
 99 VmKid, Fri, 1st Jun '12 9:08:14 PM from Shuggazoom City Relationship Status: Robosexual
Nerdy. Weird. AWESOME.
Are you talking about those fake Minecraft ads? I severely hope Mojang knows about them.
Hmm. There seems to be a new ad from Bed Defense (dot) com that's coming pretty close to some indecent exposure of a woman suffering from bedbug attacks. Seems at the very least something to be aware of.

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