ADs redirecting me.

AvarixAvarix Chicago, ILMember UncommonPosts: 552
Anyone else having this issue while browsing this site? A few seconds after opening the article on My.com taking over Armored Warfare it redirects me and attempts to download a java file. This happened to me last week as well. I thought it may have been something else I had opened, since I had other sites open in other tabs, but this time this was the only site, and tab, I had open.

Is it just me?

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  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAMember LegendaryPosts: 22,416
    Didn't happen to me.



  • k61977k61977 Pendleton, SCMember RarePosts: 665
    Nope nothing for me either.   Sounds more like you have a hi-jacking malware trying to install something else.
  • timtracktimtrack StockholmMember UncommonPosts: 490
    Peanuts. I've been redirected to porn-sites, twice!
  • OG_ZorvanOG_Zorvan Member UncommonPosts: 890
    edited March 30
    Yep, had a redirect to one of those "WIndows has detected a virus!" scams. Wasn't even clicking an ad, just clicked on a thread title and *bam*.And I use an ad-blocker on this site because of infected ads they ran before. So if they intend to use their current system to get around adblockers, guess time here is up.
    Post edited by OG_Zorvan on
  • botrytisbotrytis In Flux, MIMember RarePosts: 2,882
    I agree with the others who say you have some hijack malware. Much of the hijack malware is not even detected by av PROGRAMS. I have had no problems. If it was on this site, then everyone who clicked on the same ad would be hijacked. Assume it is on your side.

    This is a similar situation when people complain about lag in the game and blame the servers, not looking at all the connections between them and the game server.
     

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  • ForgrimmForgrimm Somewhere in TimeMember EpicPosts: 2,312
    botrytis said:
    I agree with the others who say you have some hijack malware. Much of the hijack malware is not even detected by av PROGRAMS. I have had no problems. If it was on this site, then everyone who clicked on the same ad would be hijacked. Assume it is on your side.

    This is a similar situation when people complain about lag in the game and blame the servers, not looking at all the connections between them and the game server.
     
    It's malicious ads in this site. It happened to me 3 or 4 times over the course of 2 weeks. I got redirected to a bogus "You have a virus" page, just like OG_Zorvan mentioned above. It's only happened on this site, specifically while browsing the forums. AVG and Malware Bytes scans all show nothing on my system. It's never happened on any other website.
  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKMember LegendaryPosts: 16,086
    It happens to me once in a while, several months ago it was so bad that I had to switch to adblock browser on my phone and use adblock+, disconnect etc.... plugins on my PC.

    it is without a doubt bad ads on this site that are the root cause
  • Loke666Loke666 KalmarMember EpicPosts: 20,376
    I never had any problems but I use Opera, stuff like this is usually targeted to Internet explorer and Firefox. Well, I did have problems a few years back with firefox but the site is so changed since then I wouldn't call it the same.

    I have my Addblock disabled on this site but Opera is told to not accept redirects or open new windows without me telling it to in preferences.

    So try another browser, I recommend Opera but Chrome should do the job as well.
  • ForgrimmForgrimm Somewhere in TimeMember EpicPosts: 2,312
    Loke666 said:
    I never had any problems but I use Opera, stuff like this is usually targeted to Internet explorer and Firefox. Well, I did have problems a few years back with firefox but the site is so changed since then I wouldn't call it the same.

    I have my Addblock disabled on this site but Opera is told to not accept redirects or open new windows without me telling it to in preferences.

    So try another browser, I recommend Opera but Chrome should do the job as well.
    I use Chrome with AdBlock Plus. Some ads still get through though.
  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKMember LegendaryPosts: 16,086
    Forgrimm said:
    Loke666 said:
    I never had any problems but I use Opera, stuff like this is usually targeted to Internet explorer and Firefox. Well, I did have problems a few years back with firefox but the site is so changed since then I wouldn't call it the same.

    I have my Addblock disabled on this site but Opera is told to not accept redirects or open new windows without me telling it to in preferences.

    So try another browser, I recommend Opera but Chrome should do the job as well.
    I use Chrome with AdBlock Plus. Some ads still get through though.

    Add ublock origin as a plugin in addition to ABP, that should take care of it.
  • ExcessionExcession NottinghamMember UncommonPosts: 589
    Have been redirected to a porn site twice in the last week while trying to browse threads on the forum.
    Would not mind really, but it was not a very good porn site.

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  • DakeruDakeru Member EpicPosts: 3,097
    I'm using Opera and I have ABP enabled on medium strictness where it still allows some small ads to come through so MMORPG get's its share of income.

    I got redirected a few times 2 weeks ago but it hasn't happened to me since.

    Either way it's ads on this site and not malware.
  • AdminAdmin Santa Fe, NMAdministrator RarePosts: 5,323
    I will bring this up to the one network we use besides Google.  95% of all ads we serve are through Google though and I know they do a pretty good job of vetting out malicious ads.

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  • OG_ZorvanOG_Zorvan Member UncommonPosts: 890
    DMKano said:
    Forgrimm said:
    Loke666 said:
    I never had any problems but I use Opera, stuff like this is usually targeted to Internet explorer and Firefox. Well, I did have problems a few years back with firefox but the site is so changed since then I wouldn't call it the same.

    I have my Addblock disabled on this site but Opera is told to not accept redirects or open new windows without me telling it to in preferences.

    So try another browser, I recommend Opera but Chrome should do the job as well.
    I use Chrome with AdBlock Plus. Some ads still get through though.

    Add ublock origin as a plugin in addition to ABP, that should take care of it.
    Same here with Chrome and adplus, didn't know about ublock. Adding that now.
  • ExcessionExcession NottinghamMember UncommonPosts: 589
    edited March 30
    Admin said:
    I will bring this up to the one network we use besides Google.  95% of all ads we serve are through Google though and I know they do a pretty good job of vetting out malicious ads.
    This is just too funny, came back to this thread to read new posts, got redirected here:
    h t t p : //hook2up2.top/?u=gvdkd0x&o=5emg9u1

    Might not be a good idea posting the link, I know, but maybe it can help track down the ad/whatever that  is causing it.
    Post edited by Excession on

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  • AdminAdmin Santa Fe, NMAdministrator RarePosts: 5,323
    I have shut off one of our two ad networks that we use (besides Google) so we can watch to see if people still report this.  I swear it is so weird that I am on the site all day long 7 days a week and I have never had this happen to me, ever.  They must have some tech that knows not to do this to the site owner ;-)

    Trust me, I hate this and I wish we could sell all of our ads internally as this could not happen.  But when sales are slow we have to use networks to fill the unsold space and the layers of companies involved on that end is so hard to control, even for networks.

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  • KyleranKyleran Paradise City, FLMember LegendaryPosts: 25,566
    It is odd how only some are affected. No issue on either my laptop or phone.

    I don't do anything different than others have stated previously in terms of AV or accessing the site.

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  • GruntyGrunty TexasMember RarePosts: 8,064
    I've never knowingly gotten a redirect from this site. I occasionally get a pop under ad but I can't attribute it to any specific website.  MMORPG.com is always up if my browser in on but when I notice the pop under I always have more than one tab open.
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  • OG_ZorvanOG_Zorvan Member UncommonPosts: 890
    edited March 31
    Admin said:
    I have shut off one of our two ad networks that we use (besides Google) so we can watch to see if people still report this.  I swear it is so weird that I am on the site all day long 7 days a week and I have never had this happen to me, ever.  They must have some tech that knows not to do this to the site owner ;-)

    Trust me, I hate this and I wish we could sell all of our ads internally as this could not happen.  But when sales are slow we have to use networks to fill the unsold space and the layers of companies involved on that end is so hard to control, even for networks.
    The other thing is it gets around script-blocking tools as well, which I have installed in Chrome to keep from getting things like redirects. It could be something designed with specific variables instead of an all or nothing (  only goes for certain browsers, certain setups, maybe even certain extensions), so that it can still get a large sample without being immediately caught and flagged.

    I mean, I've seen where a script would be written to only activate at certain times of the day on a certain number of people per day to lower detection. 
    Post edited by OG_Zorvan on
  • Panther2103Panther2103 Edmonds, WAMember RarePosts: 3,106
    I've never had this happen in the 9 years I've been on this site, but I also use a lot of ways to avoid ads, and redirects don't happen ever to me on any site for some reason (might be some ad blocker I use). 
  • timtracktimtrack StockholmMember UncommonPosts: 490
    OG_Zorvan said:
    Admin said:
    I have shut off one of our two ad networks that we use (besides Google) so we can watch to see if people still report this.  I swear it is so weird that I am on the site all day long 7 days a week and I have never had this happen to me, ever.  They must have some tech that knows not to do this to the site owner ;-)

    Trust me, I hate this and I wish we could sell all of our ads internally as this could not happen.  But when sales are slow we have to use networks to fill the unsold space and the layers of companies involved on that end is so hard to control, even for networks.
    The other thing is it gets around script-blocking tools as well, which I have installed in Chrome to keep from getting things like redirects. It could be something designed with specific variables instead of an all or nothing (  only goes for certain browsers, certain setups, maybe even certain extensions), so that it can still get a large sample without being immediately caught and flagged.

    I mean, I've seen where a script would be written to only activate at certain times of the day on a certain number of people per day to lower detection. 
    The 2 time i got redirected to porn-sites i was on OS X, using Chrome, with Ad-Blocker on.
  • AvarixAvarix Chicago, ILMember UncommonPosts: 552
    I am/was using Firefox. It hasn't happened to me since those two times within a week and a half. I don't use any type of add-on or adblock. I know malware is capable of redirecting if it's on my system but I've been dealing with malware/viruses since AOL and have gotten pretty good at avoiding most of it. Not saying it's not possible, but I'm aware of all those things and it only appeared with this site and I haven't had a problem since.
  • IkedaIkeda Largo, FLMember RarePosts: 2,597
    I'm using Chrome, on here daily, and have yet to get a pop-up (in recent history).  I make note of them too because I tend to do computer flushes (3-4 AVs + 2 diff ad checkers) if I see them.  Just a wee paranoid.  But I stopped going to some of the sites like I did in my younger years because, frankly, coders have gotten smart and stuff can just appear anymore even when you don't think you DL'd something iffy.
  • AvarixAvarix Chicago, ILMember UncommonPosts: 552
    Ikeda said:
    I'm using Chrome, on here daily, and have yet to get a pop-up (in recent history).  I make note of them too because I tend to do computer flushes (3-4 AVs + 2 diff ad checkers) if I see them.  Just a wee paranoid.  But I stopped going to some of the sites like I did in my younger years because, frankly, coders have gotten smart and stuff can just appear anymore even when you don't think you DL'd something iffy.
    Same here. There are only a handful of sites I visit and all are generally safe. Amazon.com , npr.org , bank account, and mmorpg.com The games I play are 90% through Steam, and the rest are mmorpgs. If I look at porn it's through my phone and pornhub only, which is generally safe. I don't take risks online since I despise trying to manually remove malware and/or formatting.
  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 13,394
    While reading this link: http://www.mmorpg.com/columns/a-writers-paradox-1000011657

    I got some repeated popups from Malware Bytes


    Not sure if it's related but it was only on that page and stopped after I enabled AdblockPlus. I'll disable it again in a day or two and see if it reappears. It may be unrelated or random, but I'm cautious.
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