Advertising and Computer Security Issues on TV Tropes:

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Seeking for Light
My computer blocked a pop-up on the page history of Brick Joke. The domain name of the pop-up is (not sure how to get the entire URL without actually opening it, which I don't want to do). The ads on the page are the FTD flower shop one (which I've seen before without problems), a DeVry University one, and a State Farm one.
177 TParadox30th Dec 2012 02:39:32 PM , Relationship Status: It's not my fault I'm not popular!
178 SeptimusHeap30th Dec 2012 02:44:25 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
I always get pop-up block warnings, but I get them everywhere so I just ignore them.
179 Fighteer4th Feb 2013 06:25:25 AM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Chrome has been giving me malware warnings about "" this morning. It won't let me through to the ad in question.

Edit: Nothing in the past hour or so, thankfully. If it comes up again, I'll see if the "advanced" link lets me see the actual URL or script source.

edited 4th Feb '13 7:25:07 AM by Fighteer

180 tdgoodrich14th Feb 2013 09:02:51 AM from Atlanta , Relationship Status: Californicating
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Got the same notice myself. Don't recall exactly which page I was trying to access, unfortunately.
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181 Fighteer4th Feb 2013 03:43:04 PM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
We've been seeing anecdotal reports that Chrome is reporting this bad ad on a lot of websites, not just ours.
182 Cider5th Feb 2013 11:21:33 AM from Not New York , Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
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Okay, so for reference, how many ads are supposed to be on any given page? My virus protection has been occasionally blocking adstrips as "dangerous" with an innocent "view anyway?"(no) and I recently saw a bunch of ads on the homepage but now it is down to three.
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183 SeptimusHeap5th Feb 2013 11:22:38 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
3-4 ads show up for me regularly. There is usually one right-shifted ad on the home page.
Three ads. The homepage has different layout. As do the forum and "tool" pages like Recent Edits. You should not be getting contextual ads (highlights in text) anywhere on the wiki. Most likely cause of that: a virus in your browser.
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185 Cider5th Feb 2013 12:17:14 PM from Not New York , Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
The Final ECW Champion
Well, I seem to have gotten rid of the text adds but I was not sure if everything was fixed because there were still a bunch of adds(there are three on the forum as I type this) If four is not out of the ordinary I guess it is all fixed, thank you.
Modified Ura-nage, Torture Rack
There is a new problem. I opened a TV tropes page and, simultaneously, a "survey" opened up saying that "TV trope" wanted me to complete it in order to get a prize. It claimed I was randomly chosen on this day to be a participant. It offered me a $500 gift card (or two other things, one of which was crossed out and the two left had a small quantity left) after a three question survey... that could be could probably be answered by a program that keeps track of IP addresses. Stupidly, I answered the three questions. Something like, "how often do you come on TV tropes", "what is your sex", and "will you come back" or something like that. Then it give the choices of prizes. I saved the page in my bookmarks, reported it in Ask The Tropers and here, and started a full system scan of my computer (damn thing gets wiped too damn often).
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187 Fighteer11th Feb 2013 10:51:58 AM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
If you can identify the underlying URL for the ad, either by examining the page source or using the element inspection tool (F12 in Chrome), then you can post it here. A link to a screenshot might also help. But without more details it would be impossible to identify the source.

WARNING! May contain viruses, malware, Trojan's, bugs, glitches, etc. Do NOT open.

You would have to coach me through the process of getting a screenshot.

My computer has gone through 14% of my files (computers go slow when you always have at least ten tabs open and a time) and there is no infected files detected... Yet. I have a feeling that step of the process was inane and would only screw you over if you went further, but I would still exercise caution given how people can get...

edited 11th Feb '13 2:22:04 PM by Fighteer

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189 SeptimusHeap11th Feb 2013 02:21:49 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Take away the http://, please, if we should not click the link.
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191 Deboss16th Feb 2013 09:08:55 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
You would have to coach me through the process of getting a screenshot.

Hit ctrl+prntscreen on your key board. Open up mspaint (or equivalent) and hit ctrl+v. Save as.

Also, if you've got windows 7, there's a special widget you can search for named "snipping tool" which allows the same functionality but you can highlight and email.

edited 16th Feb '13 9:10:04 PM by Deboss

Seeking for Light
[up] The Snipping Tool is also in Windows Vista.
I'll remember that for next time... Hopefully.
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194 Xtifr26th Feb 2013 12:41:02 PM , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
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This isn't security related as far as I can tell (on my Linux box), but it's definitely ad-related. If there's another thread I should have used, I apologize, but it wasn't obvious.

There is a very, um, ill-mannered ad coming up from Lesher Center for the Arts that refuses to be confined to its box, and instead covers up nearby content.
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195 SeptimusHeap26th Feb 2013 12:44:01 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
This is the proper topic for misbehaving ads.
I'm seeing a banner at the very top of wiki pages advertising for some Game of Thrones thing. Just want to make sure it's supposed to be there.

Hey, tropers, get ready for the new Game of Thrones season with this cool info-graphical gizmo!

edited 28th Feb '13 9:35:46 PM by Discar

Yup. Not an ad, really. Just helping with the new season push because Game of Thrones!
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198 YamiiDenryuu2nd Mar 2013 03:04:52 PM from You know, that place , Relationship Status: Chocolate!
So is the Game of Thrones thing supposed to be randomly appearing and disappearing? Because it's doing that.
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199 AnotherDuck4th Mar 2013 11:34:43 AM from Stockholm , Relationship Status: In season
No, the other one.
I got a noisy ad. A trumpet fanfare as soon as the ad loaded.

edited 4th Mar '13 11:37:53 AM by AnotherDuck

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200 Oberoniss4th Mar 2013 03:41:04 PM from space , Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
I keep getting unusual dating ads from some place called Nothing really objectionable, but the massive amounts of skimpily-clad titties are a little startling, and considering they haven't shown up before today I'm wondering if it's something going on with the wiki (since I don't have any adware on my computer, or so I hope.)
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