Text Ads in Forums, hubs, new tab opens for Ads! Is this New or a Bug?

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  1. Michael Willis profile image78
    Michael Willisposted 5 years ago

    Every page or forum I read on HP if filled with numerous Text Ads/Links. Very annoying! I have had to turn on Adblocker to read through a hub or a forum because of these pop-up text ads. I hope this is only a bug and not a new program. I always avoid sites that have these and this could irritate readers who visit HP.

    Examples:

    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/8206472_f248.jpg


    http://s4.hubimg.com/u/8206475_f248.jpg

    1. DrMark1961 profile image99
      DrMark1961posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I noticed these about 3 weeks ago but when  ran my antivirus program they stopped showing up. My latest hubs do not have this type of link.

    2. paradigmsearch profile image89
      paradigmsearchposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Malware scan time I think. I'm pretty sure HP isn't doing inline text ads yet. Then again, the forum ads at the bottom of the page were a complete surprise... Still, I'd do the scan anyway...

    3. Matthew Meyer profile image74
      Matthew Meyerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      As paradigmsearch stated, any time you see inline ads, this is usually do to malware/ad-ware on your computer as we do not have inline ads like that.

      I would suggest disabling any browser plugins or extensions including toolbars, shopping, or other such software.
      You may also want to do a malware scan on your computer.

  2. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    cnet is a good resource if you need one.

  3. Michael Willis profile image78
    Michael Willisposted 5 years ago

    Hmmm, I did a full system scan last night. Guess I can do another, thanks.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image89
      paradigmsearchposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I have a low opinion of security software in general. The black hats are so far ahead of the white hats that it's a joke. However, MalwareBytes (or whatever) can usually handle this level of intrusion.

  4. DrMark1961 profile image99
    DrMark1961posted 5 years ago

    One of the files was called "lyricupdater.exe", another "flcsup.exe", yet another was "lrcson.dll". I wanted to copy the whole addess for you but my system would not allow this;

  5. Michael Willis profile image78
    Michael Willisposted 5 years ago

    Just completed a full anti-spyware/malware scan and several items detected and removed.
    Problem...I still see all the ads and links in text on Hubpages. And it is only on Hubpages! Not any other internet page.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image89
      paradigmsearchposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It's a little after 5 AM with me and I'm still working on my first cup of coffee, so this is pure speculation...

      Whether deliberately, accidently, or as a victim;I think the Hubpages website may be tangled up with an entity called tribalfusion. Even though HP doesn't want inline text ads on their site, this might be the root cause for those visitors unable to defend against it.

  6. brakel2 profile image78
    brakel2posted 5 years ago

    The reason ads are in forums. I believe is because recently I have seen long forum posts in search. Apparently we have enough visits to forums that ads were placed for that reason. Ads are everywhere these days.

    1. Susana S profile image97
      Susana Sposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The adsense ads at the bottom of the forums are legit. Any intext links/ads that Michael is seeing is due to malware.

  7. WriteAngled profile image80
    WriteAngledposted 5 years ago

    I use Adblock Plus and see nothing.

    I was prompted to start using it when a site I use very often for work purposes suddenly started featuring extremely intrusive ads, including flashing ads, ads with sounds, ads that fill the screen if you inadvertently click in the wrong place. Before that happened, I tolerated the ads and there was always an outside chance I might have clicked on one. Now, the site owner's greed means I will never, ever see an ad there again.

    I think that is also a lesson for HP owners. Take people to breaking point with excessive ads and it is highly likely they will either stop coming or will use the site with an ad blocker.

  8. WriteAngled profile image80
    WriteAngledposted 5 years ago

    By the way, Adblock Plus also removes all the irritating Facebook ads smile

  9. psycheskinner profile image84
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    In text ads are not used on Hubpages.  When they appear malware is found to be responsible.

 
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