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    Cool Security Notice to all members!

    NOTICE*

    If you see any blue ads at the bottom of any post....DO NOT CLICK ON THEM!!!

    I just clicked on one, (webcrawler[dot]com) for the fun of it, and the link was blocked by Spybot S&D as a spyware infected site.

    So to be safe, do not click on any ad.

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    Default Re: Security Notice to all members!

    That goes for all ads, not just the ones on a particular site. It's a part of "common sense" computing, known safe practices.

    Know what you click onto.

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    Default Re: Security Notice to all members!

    Quote Originally Posted by catilley1092 View Post
    That goes for all ads, not just the ones on a particular site. It's a part of "common sense" computing, known safe practices.

    Know what you click onto.

    Cat
    Google Adsense is a legal way for a site to increase income and thousands of websites use Google adsense. People can choose to click what they need or what they are interested in.

    I think there is no need to ask users not to click these ads. Actually, many of them are useful for users.

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    Default Re: Security Notice to all members!

    That's why I stated "know what you click onto". One can hover over the link to see for themselves.

    While all ads aren't malicious in nature, some are. If something looks too good to be true, it usually is. Free Laptops, Credit Cards for all Applicants, No Turn Down Auto/Home Loans & others are simply a way to get the user's info to rip them off in the immediate future.

    Some ads are even loaded with malware, or worse yet, the user's computer can be taken over be Remote Code Execution. That is the very worst threat that any computer user can be faced with, as once the attack is a success, the user is helpless & loses all control over their computer, even after a hard shutdown & restart. The only hope to clean this up is a reinstall of the OS, after a wipe of the drive, or "C" partition with the option on a partitioning tool.

    SSD's will require a "Secure Erase" procedure performed after a major infection.

    One out of plenty of reasons to backup the computer regularly, & another to know what's clicked on. Although Google & other search engines who runs ad services makes efforts to make sure that ads are safe, some bad ones still slips through the cracks. Google even has a disclaimer stating that they are in no way, shape of form, responsible for the contents of ads placed on sites.

    But Australia is fighting back & are holding Google liable for deceptive ads.

    7.30 - ABC

    Australian court rules Google liable for misleading ads - Worldnews.com

    Though this posting by Google is meant to clarify their position, it's not entirely true. There are plenty of Google ads that violates their own policies, which is stated here.

    User safety - Advertising Policies Help

    However, it does give examples in the link that are not good, never click on to links of these description. No one is going to get rich overnight (unless they hit the lottery) & the government isn't going to free one from their home loan if you can't repay it.

    Never give out any financial information to sites that these links leads to, as this info is often harvested & sold to the highest bidder to commit fraud & other crimes.

    Which all falls back into "Know what you click onto". That is the consumer's (our) responsibility.

    If one doesn't want to see these ads, install an adblocker onto your browser. Firefox has Adblock Plus (tailored to your location), Chrome & Opera has their variant of the same, these are Free & Unlimited. For IE, there's Simple Adblock (less effective). It's good for 200 blocks per day (the Free version), for a premium it's unlimited.

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    Last edited by catilley1092; 11-27-2012 at 10:36 PM.

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    Default Re: Security Notice to all members!

    One Ad, that I found popping up at the bottom of my own posts, was "Speed Up My PC" which is nothing but a total SCAM.
    They download a 'free scanner' into your PC (spyware) which then performs a phony scan, reporting thousands of problems. Then they offer to remove those problems after you 'Register'.... and the registration FEE is usually in the $49.95 (or higher) range.

    There are actually several different named programs that all take you to the same Eastern European web site, where they hit you up for $money, to fix the problems on your PC, that actually don't even exist.

    That's why I created this thread in the first place.

    Don't argue! I know what I'm talking about!

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