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 151 Fighteer, Thu, 18th Oct '12 1:16:47 PM from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
I have no idea. I don't use a Mac or Safari, but I would see if you have the ability to clear its cache and/or check for software updates. I assume there are antivirus products available for Macs as well.
Neoclassicism, AKA the Tinkerbell school of economics.
 152 Colonial1. 1, Thu, 18th Oct '12 1:39:48 PM from The Marvelous River City
Crazed Lawrencian
In case it helps with the other cases as well mine, here's what my system inspector picked up on the latest couple clicks:

Under Errors:

optimized-by.rubiconproject.com/a/8777/14415/29991-9.html?cb=0.8148775887675583&tk_st=1&p_screen_res=1280x800&p_pos=atf&rp_s=cGET http://optimized-by.rubiconproject.com/a/8777/14415/29991-9.html?cb=0.8148775887675583&tk_st=1&p_screen_res=1280x800&p_pos=atf&rp_s=c Frame load interrupted optimized-by.rubiconproject.com/a/8777/14415/29991-9.html?cb=0.10465987608768046&tk_st=1&p_screen_res=1280x800&p_pos=btf&rp_s=cGET http://optimized-by.rubiconproject.com/a/8777/14415/29991-9.html?cb=0.10465987608768046&tk_st=1&p_screen_res=1280x800&p_pos=btf&rp_s=c Frame load interrupted

Under Warnings:

Resource interpreted as Document but transferred with MIME type adengine.

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What's the point of being grown up if you can't act childish?
 153 VmKid, Thu, 18th Oct '12 1:50:22 PM from Shuggazoom City Relationship Status: Robosexual
Nerdy. Weird. AWESOME.
If you don't have any sort of antivirus/malware software, your computer is a minefield, reguardless of OS.

I'd recommend giving Sophos a try, and see if it helps eliminate any downloads, if not keep yourself protected from other threats.
 154 Ukokira, Thu, 18th Oct '12 1:57:30 PM from Multiverse
Multiverse Leaking!
Everytime I click on he forums or refresh a 29991- (2 or 9) Html from optimized rubicon keeps popping up as 3 failed download messages. Its really annoying and sophos is activated on the PC.
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 155 Ukokira, Thu, 18th Oct '12 2:03:13 PM from Multiverse
Multiverse Leaking!
20121018 204833 Blocked web request to "x.bidswitch.net/sync" (linked from "tap2-cdn.rubiconproject.com/partner/scripts/rubicon/emily.html") for user TCSSweslib. 'HTML Gen-A' has been found at this website, reference ID 124113482.

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 156 Colonial1. 1, Thu, 18th Oct '12 3:19:35 PM from The Marvelous River City
Crazed Lawrencian
Cache was cleared, Safari was exited, then the cache was cleared again.

...It's still happening.
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What's the point of being grown up if you can't act childish?
I've reported this to the ad provider service.

Goal: Clear, Concise and Witty
 158 Colonial1. 1, Thu, 18th Oct '12 6:05:14 PM from The Marvelous River City
Crazed Lawrencian
Thank you, sir.

Hmm. For a little while, the number of files decreased to two per instance. It is now back up to three.

—-

And now, it has completely stopped. Thank you again.

edited 19th Oct '12 1:25:46 PM by Colonial1.1

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What's the point of being grown up if you can't act childish?
 159 Tuckerscreator, Sat, 20th Oct '12 12:49:47 PM from The Death Star Relationship Status: The Skitty to my Wailord
Every film should end with a Deus T. rex Machina
Okay. This problem has stopped appearing now, but I just want some info in case it happens again. Earlier this week, ads would not load on the page but instead the image file would download itself directly into my computer. This kept happening every time I visited a new page, and wasn't limited to any one set of ads, but any ad of anything that appeared on the site. I'm not sure what caused it or what made it end. Any ideas?
I hear it's amazing when the famous purple stuffed worm in flap-jaw space with a tuning fork does a raw blink on Hari-Kiri rock.
Looks like a bug in the ad-providers code. It had an incomplete html entity which was giving all sort of indeterminate results.
Goal: Clear, Concise and Witty
 161 Tuckerscreator, Sat, 20th Oct '12 4:10:48 PM from The Death Star Relationship Status: The Skitty to my Wailord
Every film should end with a Deus T. rex Machina
Ah, that makes sense. Should it happen again, is there anything I could do, should I alert you guys again, or just wait for it to end?
I hear it's amazing when the famous purple stuffed worm in flap-jaw space with a tuning fork does a raw blink on Hari-Kiri rock.
The quicker it is reported the quicker we can hold their feet to the flames.
Goal: Clear, Concise and Witty
 163 Willbyr, Mon, 22nd Oct '12 5:44:26 PM from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Anime-ted
Thanks for un-clocking the thread, Eddie.
 164 Ukokira, Wed, 24th Oct '12 6:42:33 AM from Multiverse
Multiverse Leaking!
Problem fixed for me.
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 165 Willbyr, Thu, 1st Nov '12 1:46:43 PM from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Anime-ted
This ad:

http://servedby.flashtalking.com/imp/3/23295;440218;204;gif;AOL;BANAOLAdcomCPA5GeosAQALL160x600FTServed/?ft_configuration=433193&ft_creative=384064&7366389

is giving me the Adobe download request every time it shows up.
 166 Fighteer, Thu, 1st Nov '12 1:49:04 PM from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Several websites, including some Minecraft related ones and MMO Champion, have been hit by a malicious ad that made it into Google's system. This might be that or it might be something else. Be wary.
Neoclassicism, AKA the Tinkerbell school of economics.
 167 Willbyr, Mon, 5th Nov '12 1:02:15 PM from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Anime-ted
Two more that are giving the Adobe download request every time they come up:

  • Left side: http://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=cdi&ai=11521567&p=&pluid=0&ru=http://ds.serving-sys.com/BurstingRes///Site-13801/Type-0/e240115b-5deb-478a-ad84-26b4502267f2.gif&ord=41218133888540&dg=744777
  • Banner: http://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=cdi&ai=11523123&p=&pluid=0&ru=http://ds.serving-sys.com/BurstingRes///Site-13801/Type-0/1f2b1665-4287-4792-97bd-337ab93d97e8.gif&ord=41218115627800&dg=744980

edited 5th Nov '12 1:03:30 PM by Willbyr

AWKTUHGAHN
http://seth.avazutracking.net/_clientredirects/redirectexit.php?url=http://ads.glispa.com/sw/41453/CD3848/&subid=nym1CI3-od60kcmCJxACGMWDgbaA1uXnSiIOMTI4LjIxMS4yMjcuNDIoA- Q..&exiturl=http://game.teebik.com

This site really wants me to download stuff off it, seeing as it opens up a tab without any warning to tell me "My Download Is Ready!" That, and the fact that it tried to install some spyware to my computer until my anti-spyware smacked it down.
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Seeking for Light
My pop-up blocker blocked a pop-up on Angry Black Man. It's showing the pop-up coming from tvtropes.org, so I'm not sure what the actual culprit is. The banner ad at the top is a Flexjet ad and the one on the side is a CenturyLink Prism TV one, from Google judging by the little blue triangle thing in the corner. (I'm not sure how to find the URLs, short of clicking on them.)

EDIT: I've gotten the Prism TV ad on other pages since then, without a problem.

edited 17th Nov '12 5:14:43 PM by Nocturna

Smiter of Typeaux
Was referred here from another post about 'why do the pages reload all the time' when I mentioned a similar problem. This is a copy/paste:

Currently, on the page Timm Style, it's constantly flashing the 'done' at the bottom left of IE. If I try and use the back button to go to the previous page, it just reloads this one. If I click the 'recent pages' button to see the list, it's filled with literally dozens of repetitions of "view.atdmt.com/AVE/iview/3703526"

It seems to be something with one of the ad servers repeatedly puking. If you search for 'atdmt back button' on google, you'll find a lot of people having the same trouble. Some have called it spyware and had it damage their system.

If I reload the page, it will often 'fix' this problem, the done stops flashing and the back button may or may not go to the last actual page. It slows the computer in any case, spyware or not, from having to constantly refresh.

It's not ALWAYS on any particular page; the Timm Style one just happened to be one of the ones it was currently doing it on at the time.

Smiter of Typeaux
Another thing going on now; Not a real problem, but it makes the ads look kind of dumb. In the top horizontal banner and left side vertical one, right now there's the same square ad. Because the banners are rectangular, the square ad is being cut off. Particular link is http://gbid.adbuyer.com/click?bc=kCpn26ACwOOo.06FStRIh19khlP2YwK.t9u02mSvgijBlxTAFHf0E6gMelMcBRG73K0xvzeekxB2iRP4c- gCEt.J4fQK61vKJd.nf.k-ktyruNH8g31hCbSZc6hbaAW5kZ32CTz5J.3GdnHtugr4tiv-R1fAT4EPvpEv5zYQ0GZvQ7Nfxb2eLBqjTKOlQpnqtS-RwFe9fcCUF5bqN8-KwQo39tNV0kyE=&rubicon_click_url=http://beacon-us-east.rubiconproject.com/beacon/t/0ae4118f-f7a6-4beb-9059-9cab9c9fca6b/&redir=http://adserver.adtechus.com/?adlink|5309|1369071|0|170|Ad Id=2976570;Bn Id=1;itime=464875445;

(beats ugly URL to death with a stick)

 172 VmKid, Wed, 21st Nov '12 10:58:07 AM from Shuggazoom City Relationship Status: Robosexual
Nerdy. Weird. AWESOME.
Yesterday I got an ad that filled the entire screen. It claimed we were doing a survey and upon exiting I would be asked to take it. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a source for the ad but if I see it again I will try to report it. Blocking the entire page just isn't cool.

edited 21st Nov '12 10:58:36 AM by VmKid

 173 Lock, Wed, 21st Nov '12 3:09:22 PM from Germany
Screw yerself!
Got another problematic advertising. It was served from http://ox-d.oxasfmg.com/w/1.0/afr?mi=36e2c929-602c-44b6-9a3c-6c977cc622ed&mn=0&mc=1&auid=318874&cb= (now there are different and working ads) and was just a blank ad container with a watermark "Ads by Performance Advertising".

The problem here (besides the ad container being empty) was/is that it loads after the page has loaded and then replaced all other content on the page, thus leaving only a horizontal or vertical empty ad bar.
Programming and surgery have a lot of things in common: Don't start removing colons until you know what you're doing.
AWKTUHGAHN
Well, the site I posted a few posts back STILL hasn't been blocked, and one of its buddy sites tried to force a download on my computer. Hurry up and fix this please, because I'm getting pretty annoyed being greeted by that ad every time I open TV Tropes.
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 175 occono, Thu, 6th Dec '12 4:01:40 PM from Ireland.
I get a popup sometimes saying "This page requires activecontent.js" or something like that, I think it's an ad being blocked by my settings or antivirus or soemthing.
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