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  1. #1
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    Malicious Ad and/or site redirect !!!

    Hi all,

    The websleuths front page is trying to either load or redirect to a site called video.sekindo (dot com) - and all of my browsers are alerting me to the attempt and then hanging the site (thankfully since I don't want to connect or redirect to that untrustworthy site). I believe this is due to an ad link. I'm also starting to get a lot of auto-play ads with sound which is pretty jarring. It's made the site nearly impossible for me to browse. I'm afraid that websleuths has been serving up more than its share of malware/spyware ads which probably Tricia and Co. don't have a lot of control over due to whatever ad server they have contracted with, but it's opening up users to a lot of not great stuff. Is there a way to contact the ad server you are partnering with and and let them know this is unacceptable and press for a vetted subset of ads or something? It's a huge security risk!
    thanks!
    Last edited by marble; 10-16-2016 at 06:38 PM.

  2. #2
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    I've been getting ad redirects every ten minutes or so. Telling me I won something. I cannot even exit out. I have to reload WS each time in new window.

    I will take a screen shot next time.
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  3. #3
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    Whatever page I'm on here at WS is constantly redirecting to a security notice from my virus defender !
    Then it changes to a site(s) I've seen before that are known virus pits !
    This has been happening for some time now.
    Very difficult to browse and read on this site. Any suggestions ?

  4. #4
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    Annoying redirect

    im getting this redirect every time I log on to Websleuths on my iPad in Safari. It won't close and will pop up immediately if I close and open again. It's been 3-4 days now.

    IMG_0374.jpg

    Edited to add: I've posted this via Google with no pop-up here.

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by SuzDuJour View Post
    im getting this redirect every time I log on to Websleuths on my iPad in Safari. It won't close and will pop up immediately if I close and open again. It's been 3-4 days now.

    IMG_0374.jpg

    Edited to add: I've posted this via Google with no pop-up here.
    I have the same problem on both my iPad and Mac.

  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzDuJour View Post
    im getting this redirect every time I log on to Websleuths on my iPad in Safari. It won't close and will pop up immediately if I close and open again. It's been 3-4 days now.

    IMG_0374.jpg


    Edited to add: I've posted this via Google with no pop-up here.
    Same. Im on an ipad.
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  7. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Momoffourboys View Post
    Same. Im on an ipad.
    I get those almost every time I click on a media link in Tapatalk.


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  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doghairrules View Post
    I get those almost every time I click on a media link in Tapatalk.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    I don't use Taptalk and I don't click on anything. It just reloads to this randomly.
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  9. #9
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    I've been getting redirects all morning. I'm on a Windows PC running Windows 10 and using Chrome as the browser. Here are two of the sites that I am getting redirected to:

    wpvresearchgroup.com (looks like an AT&T survey)

    download.driversupport,com

  10. #10
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    I just got redirected, too. Bummer!!!


  11. #11
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    Am using an older model HP desktop... if I log in to WS and don't immediately go to a thread -- the page changes to a malicious site.
    If I backspace -- it goes to the chrome front/home page, not the WS page I was looking at.
    So frustrating.
    We use Webroot now after changing from Norton 360 ; but that's not helping.
    Last edited by LietKynes; 10-25-2016 at 04:45 PM. Reason: Added

  12. #12
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    I agree with all of the above and to tell the truth it makes me a little uncomfortable that WS seems to have so little protection from malware. I have stopped visiting on my phone and iPad as I seem to get caught up in a constant cycle of spam, pop-ups and re-directions and that's not to mention the data being con$umed by streaming four sets of video ads (with the accompanying noise) on each page...
    I don't like to complain but I do think these factors influence how everyone experiences and participates in this forum.

  13. #13
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    I have been getting redirected as well and I am on a Mac-book. I have a malware program and when I scanned it cleared the virus. But after a day or two it pops up again..I keep clearing it and it is like reborn...GRRRRR
    “Every day that they don’t find something is good for me.“ Billie Dunn

  14. #14
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    I get redirects every few minutes, often when I click to a new thread/page but sometimes unexpectedly. I usually read on my cell and the ad prevents me from doing anything other than going "back" or closing out. It seems somewhat tied to high traffic threads, as I was able to post here without issue but can't click on any of the most recently updated missing discussion threads. I have screen capped it, but can't upload currently. However, it is a "you're a winner" ad from "Zodiac Casino".

  15. #15
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    Thank you for posting this!
    I have been getting redirects for a few days now in two different locations.
    One is a windows 7 machine with Chrome, the other is windows 10 using Firefox
    Most are windows fake alerts/warnings.
    Usually I can back out of it, but sometimes it freezes my browser and I have to end task to get rid of it.
    Hopefully this can be fixed soon!
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