TCF pages automatically directing me to scam sites

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  1. Nov 18, 2017 #21 of 224
    mdavej

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    I have to strongly disagree. AVS is really bad, but TCF is absolutely horrible. I browse both all the time on my phone and have never had an AVS session completely hijacked. With TCF it happens constantly. There is no excuse for this type of advertising on a mainstream site. It's unacceptable.
     
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  2. Nov 19, 2017 #22 of 224
    kpeters59

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    Wait!

    So, you're not doing anything about it?

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  3. Nov 19, 2017 #23 of 224
    Mike Lang

    Mike Lang Administrator Staff Member Administrator TCF Club

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    Reporting them as I see them like the rest of you. I don't have access to or control of ad networks on either site.
     
  4. Nov 19, 2017 #24 of 224
    Enrique

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    My question is then who does? I remember some time ago this site was sold to some 3rd party...is that still the case are “we” still controled by some 3rd party? If that’s not the case why would you still contact out your ads to any company that can’t ensure your users their security and you don’t have control of what ads are displayed on your what is supposed to be a family friendly site.


    Let me just say I don’t mean all this as an attack just really want to know as now the site I’ve visited since I was what 15 years old is now no longer a safe site to visit.
     
  5. Nov 19, 2017 #25 of 224
    Mike Lang

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    The owners of each site. I've seen them each change ad networks several times but these will sometimes get through.
     
  6. Nov 19, 2017 #26 of 224
    kpeters59

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    ‘Sometimes’ is downplaying it, in case you’re missing our position...

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  7. Nov 20, 2017 #27 of 224
    dianebrat

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    David Bott, the original owner bought the site back a while ago.
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  8. Nov 20, 2017 #28 of 224
    Mike Lang

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    David does have the site monitored 24/7 by a third party for malware and other issues.

    No ad service is perfect just like no email provider can get spam with 100% accuracy.
     
  9. Nov 20, 2017 #29 of 224
    RickStrobel

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but it would seem that service is monitoring the site and server, not necessarily the 3rd party ads and what they do and don't do.
     
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  10. Nov 20, 2017 #30 of 224
    markb

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    I just got redirected a spam/malware site while composing a reply to a thread on this forum. Apparently, this is my reward for disabling my ad blocker on TCF. :(
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  11. Nov 20, 2017 #31 of 224
    kpeters59

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    Well, some guy just called the landline here offering tech support for a PC we don't own...would you like his number?

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  12. Nov 20, 2017 #32 of 224
    krkaufman

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    The frequency of the hijacks seems to be increasing.
     
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  13. Nov 21, 2017 #33 of 224
    markb

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    I just happened to me again! This is unacceptable. Time to ditch this ad network.
     
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  14. Nov 21, 2017 #34 of 224
    Mike Lang

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    They'll need a screenshot & URL to flag it.
     
  15. Nov 21, 2017 #35 of 224
    markb

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    I posted a screenshot above, the first time it happened. But I'm advocating that the ad network be ditched entirely, because they clearly aren't keeping a lid on this problem.
     
  16. Nov 21, 2017 #36 of 224
    RickStrobel

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    Becoming unusable on my iPhone. Getting ads that take over and redirect to fake gift card sites. :thumbsdown:
     
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  17. Nov 21, 2017 #37 of 224
    BrettStah

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    iOS supports content blockers... I use 1Blocker, but there are others also.
     
  18. Nov 21, 2017 #38 of 224
    krkaufman

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    I used to only get them when reading a specific post; now they're popping-up whenever I'm reviewing Unread Watched Posts or New Posts, and with MUCH greater frequency.

    It's getting really tough to interact with the site via my iPhone.
     
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  19. Nov 22, 2017 #39 of 224
    dlfl

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    Today I'm getting Congratulations you've won pop-ups every minute or so. The popup is modal and you have to hit OK which directs you to a new web page with a URL starting like this:
    http://www.google.com-win-a-free-gift-from-amazon-walmart-samsung.verygoodads.com/home
    Then you can go back to the TCF page you were on.

    This makes TCF almost unuseable for me.

    I'm running the Google Chrome browser on an iPad and have popups blocked. Doesn't happen on any other web sites. I tried clearing all browsing data (cookies, history). There isn't any other remedial action that can be taken with this browser and computer.
     
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  20. Nov 22, 2017 #40 of 224
    RickStrobel

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