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    Ads 'associated' with this forum site

    When I visit this forum site and there are advertisement that pop up, are they in any way 'approved' by this site?

    For instance this morning I see an ad for an anti malware that suggest it is 'highly recommended',....by whom??

    Or does the forum site just get 'invaded' by any advertiser that wishes to do so??

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    Advertisement is, unfortunately, a necessary evil, but we by no means endorse them personally.
    So don't get caught up in them because we cannot control them.

    A situational example of the way adverts work would be if you were on a hunting or bush craft forum, you
    would tend to see adverts related to that type of interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    Advertisement is, unfortunately, a necessary evil, but we by no means endorse them personally.
    So don't get caught up in them because we cannot control them.

    A situational example of the way adverts work would be if you were on a hunting or bush craft forum, you
    would tend to see adverts related to that type of interest.
    I guess the advertisers think that we are interested in testing their scams?
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    In a very general kind of way, yes.
    Ads also tend to follow one around the internet, so the question is; why are nefarious ads interested in scamming you?
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    Because I am interested in security and functionality, I often see ads offering to help me do one or the other, sometimes both. I never click on such ads.

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    @beiland,

    I use Firefox with the Adblocker Plus plugin and it blocks about 90% of those ads. It also has filter preferences for ads that manage to get through and you don't want.

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    I actually find some of the ads helpful as they do seem to be associated with subjects I look up on the internet at times. I just thought that those ads should be more clearly noted as ADS, and I thought their positioning on the forums might be a telltale sign that they are 'allowed' by the any particular forum, verses those off to the side that are more clearly a result of the search engine or google.

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    I thought their positioning on the forums might be a telltale sign that they are 'allowed' by the any particular forum
    Now you know differently.

    Ads are a way for the site owners to help cut down on costs. It's all well that you're interested in some of them, but they are NOT an endorsement by us.
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    My issue is the ability to read postings as the ads in every page including this one take up anywhere from 1/3rd to 1/2 of the width of the window. Only one that doesn't work that way is http://windowssecrets.com/forums/. Seems things changed drastically in the last day or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    My issue is the ability to read postings as the ads in every page including this one take up anywhere from 1/3rd to 1/2 of the width of the window.
    If they're Google's Ad Choices ads, you should be able to click the top right corner and report them. I don't know the routine with ads from other sources.

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    My issue is the ability to read postings as the ads in every page including this one take up anywhere from 1/3rd to 1/2 of the width of the window. Only one that doesn't work that way is http://windowssecrets.com/forums/. Seems things changed drastically in the last day or so.
    For me at ~ 2:30 pm EST

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    Delete your cookies before coming to Windows Secrets. This will eliminate the ads for stuff you have been looking at on line.

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