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Howard2k

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Getting an increasing number of pop-ups.

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These are not just the regular BS ads, these are phishing attempts.

I don't think the forum should support phishing of its users.
 

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It is crap pushed by ad services that pays revenue to the Mule to helps pay the bills, put gas in the Top Men yacht and plane.....


The Mule has no way to control WHAT ads are pushed. Think of a page on the Mule as a picture frame with a bunch of holes cut out in the sheet of cardboard for pictures to go in the holes....

The major holes are for Mule data shoved into them by a pull from the database. There are some frame holes, however, that are reserved for ads pushed into them by the ad service.

Redneck version: You post a pic on the Mule. That link is for a pic hosting service. YOUR post creates a hole in the frame for a pic. The Mule pulls the image from the image hosting service server. Imagine that the link is actually generic and the hosting server (now think ad server which the ads are just images) on THAT end rotates the image (think aliased) related to that generic link.

So, the Mule may use RatBastidAdServer.com/SomeIdiotAdImage.jpg for the link.
The actual ad server will grab ad images on each refresh and in effect name it THAT NAME. So the Mule will pull from that link, but every refresh of the web page, a different image is aliased to that same exact image name. Soooooo, you hit refresh and a different random ad is in that box BUT the Mule just pulls whatever image is associated with the same link at that particular point in time......

So, every time the link HERE [ RatBastidAdServer.com/SomeIdiotAdImage.jpg ] is accessed by the MULE, the ad server grabs a random ad pic out of the bucket and aliases it to SomeIdiotImage.jpg THERE. The Mule just has to have that singular link. The ad server rotates the image associated with that name....


Maybe that makes some sense.....

edro.
 

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I've not seen those on either Firefox or Chrome.
 
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I have never ever gotten anything like that on any of my Macs.

Apple certainly would not be involved. Thus, it doesn't look like anything related to an ad.

Macs DO get virus, your computer has a virus.
 

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Never... You are landing on a phishing site somehow.

Google Alerts is full of links that are actually redirects to phishing and / or porn sites. Every click offers a little thrill....
 
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I have never ever gotten anything like that on any of my Macs.

Apple certainly would not be involved. Thus, it doesn't look like anything related to an ad.

Macs DO get virus, your computer has a virus.
It doesn't have a virus. It's a pop up from the site.
 

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Can I recommend you download Avast Free for mac, and run a virus scan....

If you google the "virus" mentioned (e.tre456) it's well documented that it's not real. It's just a social engineering exploit.

All the same, I appreciate the advice.

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Nah, I'm sticking with virus...


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Well then, mylespaul.com is obviously a virus...
100% true...its known as GAS

it spreads like wildfire, never goes away, you can never get rid of it only manage the symptoms for period of time...it wont kill you but you spend endless house browsing websites to purchase that one in a million LP...then you find it buy it thinking you are cured....until the next one..

you computer is fine..but your wallet turns into a dumpster fire
 

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Ghostery plug in

Thanks. Yeah I think I will have to get an adblocker.

In all seriousness I've avoided them because I know the site gets revenue from the ads (despite the fact that I'm also a "Premium Member"), but these days it seems like total amateur hour here from an administration perspective.

Farce.
 

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Thanks. Yeah I think I will have to get an adblocker.

In all seriousness I've avoided them because I know the site gets revenue from the ads (despite the fact that I'm also a "Premium Member"), but these days it seems like total amateur hour here from an administration perspective.

Farce.
Yes. I put MLP on the allow list since it was in support of the revenue stream here. But then it got stupid out of hand, and blocked. I recently anted up to support the site through the same premium subscription.

You are right that the owner/decision maker should take responsibility for using an ad service that does a better job of preventing poisoned ads to pollute the rotation. Ad companies too, but until there is a business consequence of sufficient scope and scale, they'll take everyone's money and host their malware..
 


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