Porny 'serve ad' pop up/web page opening from an MN thread.

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AmberLeaf Fri 14-Feb-14 20:22:00

I was just on a thread and a porn/hook up page opened up.

I have all the regular MN ads down the right side and the box that has ads that are generated by your own google searches.

Im using a laptop that is very new and that only I have access to. I know that sometimes these things happen because of the user search generated ads, but I can 100% guarantee I havent been on any sites like that! I may have 'clicked' on something on the page, this laptop mousepad sometimes 'clicks' on things as you slide your finger across rather than actually tapping on it.

Maybe this happened because of another website Ive visited, but I can't think of any sites Ive been on that would do that?

I can link the thread I was on and the page that came up if necessary.

It quite possibly is something to do with my laptop, but thought Id highlight it just in case it is MN related.

AmberLeaf Fri 14-Feb-14 20:28:56

I have a screenshot of the page too. [the MN thread one] showing the ad in the adchoices box, which looks innocent enough to me.

lovestea Fri 14-Feb-14 20:36:22

AmberLeaf, this just happened to me too! Clicked on a thread in AIBU and was taken to a porn/dating site. Clicked away straight away but the main picture was of a topless woman. After taking a deep breath went back and clicked on the same thread, but thankfully it didn't happen again. What is going on?

2Retts Fri 14-Feb-14 20:42:22

Me too (and I definitely DIDN'T click on anything!!).

lovestea Fri 14-Feb-14 20:44:35

Oh, and now my pc has crashed twice. Great.

AmberLeaf Fri 14-Feb-14 20:55:13

Yes, it was lots of topless women!

Sorry its affected you too, but also glad it isn't just me, or something I'd done.

I didn't think I'd clicked on anything either.

I reported my post when I first posted it, so hopefully tech will be along.

gamerchick Fri 14-Feb-14 20:56:53

yes i'm getting it as well.. a redirect to some fruity stuff.

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 15-Feb-14 09:26:44

Oh dear, sorry folks. Porny pop ups, though alliterative, is not a good thing to happen.

Don't suppose you managed to get a screen shot of the actual pop up AmberLeaf or anyone else?

We will flag this to tech now, and see if they can track it down. Any more info on the ad is gratefully received, and sorry again that it happened to you thanks

ColetteTech (MNHQ) Sat 15-Feb-14 14:17:18

Can anyone remember the name of the website you've been redirected too? This will help us track it down and block it.
Amber- could you send the screenshot to us?

Thanks in advance.

cozietoesie Sat 15-Feb-14 18:05:52

Dash it. I had that yesterday evening and did a sccreenshot - and then promptly forgot to send it off so it's long gone. Sorry.

AmberLeaf Sat 15-Feb-14 18:44:02

Tech I have replied to Kates email, I dont have a screenshot of the porn page and deleted my history in a panic after the site shut down last night.

Tried to restore my history, but don't seem to be able to do that on my browser [mozilla firefox] if you have any ideas on ways round that, let me know and I'll give it a go.

cozietoesie Sat 15-Feb-14 19:16:57

I just had a porn page show up after reading Amber's post - in a different tab and not the same one as last night. This had lots of girls on the page, while last night's was just a singleton.

AmberLeaf Sat 15-Feb-14 19:31:47

That sounds like the one I had, in a new tab and lots of topless women?

cozietoesie Sat 15-Feb-14 19:34:27

That's the one. About 9 or 10 women? (I closed it down real fast so I didn't count precisely.) Sadly, I'm on an unfamiliar laptop so the screenshot doesn't appear to have stuck.

AmberLeaf Sat 15-Feb-14 19:59:08

Yes I think so, may have been more.

Its annoying because the name of the site is on the tip of my tongue, but I can't remember it!

It was I think a UK site []

cozietoesie Sat 15-Feb-14 20:26:06

Hah! I've just configured this Windows 8 to take a screenshot easy peasy. What do you bet I don't see a naughty pop up now until 2017?

AmberLeaf Sat 15-Feb-14 20:31:34

Ha! yeah it took me about 15 mins to figure that out too [new laptop-first experience of windows 8]

Hassled Sat 15-Feb-14 20:33:03

I had something like this too earlier - got rid of it too fast to think about a screenshot. I thought I must have inadvertently clicked on an ad but a) I know I didn't and b) you don't have such ads.

WhoWasThatMaskedWoman Sat 15-Feb-14 20:38:03

I saw something too - but closed it before I clocked the name - something about "naughty dating"?

AmberLeaf Sat 15-Feb-14 20:38:13

I almost want to get it again, so I can screenshot it!

AmberLeaf Sat 15-Feb-14 20:39:17

Sounds familiar WhoWas. Something along those lines.

Hassled Sat 15-Feb-14 20:44:58

Yes - mine was naughty dating.

AndiRee Sat 15-Feb-14 20:45:18

Me too! Yep it was " naughty" something. I was just reading a thread and a new tab opened. Closed it down so quickly I barely registered the details.

cozietoesie Sat 15-Feb-14 20:49:17

There's something interesting going on in the interstices of MN. If you search on 'porn' on the ordinary search it brings up two 'powered by google' ad links to naughty sounding sites. (And trust me, that's not something I would normally search for - and I'm on a machine that's scrubbed of cookies twice daily in any case.)

Oh - and I did get a screen shot of that one.

I got something similar. My women weren't topless but were in bustier/corsettes and was for some kind of "professional" service. Wish I screen-sharted it.

cozietoesie Sat 15-Feb-14 20:57:58

Sounds like there are quite a lot of pop-ups. At least two porny ones plus the 'survey' ones. I wish we could find the common denonimator - if there is one and the site doesn't have several weaknesses.

gamerchick Sat 15-Feb-14 21:49:51

i got a screen shot.. free naughty dating. I have to admit that the boobys don't really do it for me. is the thingy.

HumphreyCobbler Sat 15-Feb-14 21:55:08

I got this too.

MistressOfTheUniverse Sat 15-Feb-14 21:56:55

I just got this too!

Yes, it was smashyourfriends

Fruitiest thing seen on my sole-use laptop grin Usually it's Mn, BBC news, Twitter, FB, Buzzfeed, online shopping...

RenterNomad Sat 15-Feb-14 22:08:02

I had a problem with popups recently, and it turned out to be an add-on to my browser that my DS had installed. I disabled the Ads By PassShow add-on (I think it was in the Tools menu,but am not on a PC at the moment to check), then found it installed in my Control Panel list of installed programmes.

Some MNers also recommended malwarebytes, which cleaned up some other bits and pieces.

cozietoesie Sat 15-Feb-14 22:10:50

There's a clear message there.

Corral all DSs!

RenterNomad Sat 15-Feb-14 22:18:39

Awww, cozie, he's not yet 6! He still thinks breasts are only for feeding babies. smile

cozietoesie Sat 15-Feb-14 22:22:16

Give it a couple of years and he'll be looking up sites for fast cars and bikes. (They look up those because they think it'll be OK on 'Mom's computer' - but the bad guys know their behaviour patterns real well so those sort of sites are loaded with naughties which can be easily downloaded.)

Vigilance, Renter, vigilance.

RenterNomad Sun 16-Feb-14 10:15:45

Thanks for that. I imagine a child's own login/account is the way to go, although I'm not looking forward to it all...

24yearslivingnextdoortoalice Sun 16-Feb-14 19:39:51

I got the pop up last night and again just now.

here it is

Apparently it will put me in touch with local horny girls who want to meet and smash hmm I'd rather watch Dancing On Ice and have a choc digestive so think they're wasting time on me ...

24yearslivingnextdoortoalice Sun 16-Feb-14 19:40:15

if it's any use for Tech.

AmberLeaf Sun 16-Feb-14 20:26:56

Thats the one!

24yearslivingnextdoortoalice did it just pop up without you clicking anything too?

Thanks to your username, guess what I can't get out of my head now grin

bakeroony Sun 16-Feb-14 20:29:29

I got the smashyourfriends one popping up too.

Thought it was a virus, but my PC seems clear!

I just got something similar. A new tab opened up, something about 'horny smashers' grin and lots of photos of topless women.

The cursor was over the left-hand side of the screen, not even near a banner ad or anything. Very odd.

cozietoesie Sun 16-Feb-14 20:46:53

Neither of the ones I got were that one. I guess their website has lots of front pages though.

AmberLeaf Sun 16-Feb-14 20:55:53

cozietoesie, yes the original page I got was slightly different. when someone said what the site was earlier I looked at it and it was another different front page then too.

AmberLeaf Sun 16-Feb-14 20:56:59

What do ya know, I just got the pop up again while I was on 'threads im on'

ChineseFireball Sun 16-Feb-14 21:20:31

I've just had it too. I usually have active convos open and right click - open in new tab (browser is firefox and OS is Windows 8 <shudders>) and piiiing. Boobies.

24yearslivingnextdoortoalice Sun 16-Feb-14 21:22:32

AmberLeaf - yes it just popped up without me clicking on anything.

lovestea Sun 16-Feb-14 21:43:25

I just got another one. Different from the last time, but same kind of format/picture. Did not click on anything, It came up as a new webpage while on MN. I am the only one that uses this laptop, my firewalls and security all look safe and working, and I do not visit porn, unless you include recipe sites!

lovestea Sun 16-Feb-14 21:44:18

I'm using Firefox.

AmberLeaf Sun 16-Feb-14 21:45:19

Are we all using firefox? Im also on windows 8 <boo>

MissieEverdeen Sun 16-Feb-14 22:00:22

I've also just had "free naughty dating - smash your friends" open in a new tab when I pressed the back button on a Chat thread!

MissieEverdeen Sun 16-Feb-14 22:02:45

Here's the URL

Not impressed at all - running a full scan now

lovestea Sun 16-Feb-14 22:08:17

I did a full scan too Missie. It did not show a problem. Why are these pop ups/new tabs happening? They are now logged in my laptop history which I am not happy about.

AmberLeaf Sun 16-Feb-14 22:22:00
lovestea Sun 16-Feb-14 22:45:04

Amber Leaf, that is the one I got this evening too. Sorry that we are having this happen, but do not understand why everyone else is not complaining too. Is it just certain IPs that are being directed to this site? But why? Please MN tell us.

Honestly, just how much business did they think they would get from MumsNet? It's a bit sad and laughable in a way!

cozietoesie Sun 16-Feb-14 22:47:36

They're unpleasant - but pretty anodyne, lovestea. (Compared to some of the stuff on the web.) Plus - you're covered by this thread.

cozietoesie Sun 16-Feb-14 22:49:33

One thing this has done is finally really got me au fait with the snipping tool on Windows 8. I'll never worry about a screenshot again.

lovestea Sun 16-Feb-14 22:53:32

Thanks cozie, I am not really worried, just a bit pissed off with it and wondering how we all got hit but others did not. Have I left a door open some where? Cozie, how often are they popping up for you?

cozietoesie Sun 16-Feb-14 22:58:01

Not one this evening so far. Maybe Tech are having a go at the issue or maybe my regular scrubbing of the laptop is cutting something out. (I scan and clean it about twice a day in addition to the security programs.)

24yearslivingnextdoortoalice Sun 16-Feb-14 23:09:19

I'm on Opera.

nemno Mon 17-Feb-14 17:28:10

I've had it 3 times in the last 3 days, latest just now. The 'smash' one, I'm using Firefox.

cozietoesie Mon 17-Feb-14 17:31:06

Just had one - for the first time in two days and just minutes after a full clean of the machine. (The usual, new window opening etc.) I'll send it in although I suspect Tech have enough examples by now.

cozietoesie Mon 17-Feb-14 17:32:49

Oh - and by the way. I only seem to get them on the Site Stuff board. Beats me why.

cozietoesie Mon 17-Feb-14 19:02:59

And another one, just after a complete scan. I'm going to see if I can get some evidence on this blighter.

I got naughty dating too while browsing MN. Wasn't sure if it was MN or a virus or something - I started by clearing my cache in case it appeared again with autocomplete type stuff. Anyway, I guess I know now!

Firefox here too btw.

Arrgh, just appeared again complete with big boobs. I am so not their target market...

HumphreyCobbler Mon 17-Feb-14 19:48:54

This boob flashing site popped up when I was viewing MN on DH's laptop. He was not amused, it is his work computer.

cozietoesie Mon 17-Feb-14 19:56:22

They don't always have a 'target market' in that traditional sense, NotGood. They're just after a way in.

cozietoesie Mon 17-Feb-14 19:59:23

Got it again - just after a complete scan (it's really getting a workout today) found a very few deep and dark things.

I've just had it again: Free Naughty Dating, girl with massive boobs. Bit embarrassing as my DS, 7, is sat next to me!

ChineseFireball Mon 17-Feb-14 21:41:00

Just had it again! Refreshed this thread and there were the boobs boob page.

I ran a full takes a really long time scan after the first one popped up and have no virus alerts.

Is there anything else Tech needs to know? Is there an update on why MNHQ thinks we are getting these? Why IS a raven like a writing desk?

PandaG Mon 17-Feb-14 21:48:23

I just got this too. Horny smashers or somesuch. Just suddenly opened a new tab. Not very pleased tbh.

lovestea Mon 17-Feb-14 21:52:43

Bloody Hell. I have it again. So, went to their 'contact us' page and filled in the boxes with a ranty rant about how fecking dare they do this, blah, blah.
Last box is a question. How much is 5 + 4? So I put in 9.
And lo and behold a box comes up that says 'math doesn't seem to be your strong point'.
Haaaaaa haaaaa!
Cozie, please do tell what deep and dark things you found out. Is it their lack of numerical knowledge? (somehow I doubt this).
That is one hell of a lot of boobs on there.

amicissimma Mon 17-Feb-14 22:23:30

I got this too. Have emailed you, MNHQ, with the link.

ColetteTech (MNHQ) Tue 18-Feb-14 09:52:28

Hi All,

Really sorry about all this- just to update you, we've reported this to our ad suppliers who are trying to track it down, I'll let you know as soon as we hear anything.

Is it fair to say that this problem is mainly on Windows 8 and those using firefox? Or is that just a coincidence?

cozietoesie Tue 18-Feb-14 10:32:02

I'm not getting anything on the computer down here - which is using FF but is not Win8 so maybe so. (It seems to be only the laptops - which have FF and Win8 both.) Interestingly, it seems to be occurring after I've done a complete adware/malware scan - happened three times last night in that way but then was OK after the final scan until I shut off for the night.

(The complete scan seems every time to be bringing up a couple of stray adwares from deep down somewhere which are not being caught by the quick scan (which is still pretty comprehensive.) Don't know if that's relevant.)

teaandthorazine Tue 18-Feb-14 11:35:11

Yep, I've just had this! Clicked on a thread title and got tits instead.

Using Firefox. Not Windows 8 though (I think my laptop runs Windows pre-Cambrian)

cozietoesie Tue 18-Feb-14 11:38:22

It's always laptops though? If so, I wonder if there's anything different about them?

I'm on a laptop and using FF when it happens, but not using Windows8.

Windows 8 and Firefox here, on a desktop though.

cozietoesie Tue 18-Feb-14 15:48:56

Ah well. It was an interesting theory while it lasted - which wasn't long. It still seems to be all Firefox users though?

cozietoesie Tue 18-Feb-14 15:50:10

No - just remembered that someone was using Opera.

bruffin Tue 18-Feb-14 18:54:04

I just got a naught dating one as well. This was on firefox as well, but i am sure i got it on my work computer and that isnt firefox, its an old version of windows

paperdiary4ever Tue 18-Feb-14 19:25:36

MNHQ, do you still need a screenshot? I've got one if so. Not sure I want to upload it to the thread unless it's completely necessary!

I've had it about 4 times now. Not sure if there's a pattern. This time I left myself logged into Mumsnet while I went up to get the kids ready for bed, and it was on-screen when I got back. Before I left I was on the "Threads I'm on" page.

I've got a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop, running Windows Vista Home Basic, service pack 2.

paperdiary4ever Tue 18-Feb-14 19:26:16

p.s. I'm using Firefox.

Grr, just got it on the PC (was on laptop before). Both Firefox, laptop is Windows 8, this is Windows 7. Used Chrome earlier and didn't get it but maybe that was just luck.

ShadowOfTheDay Tue 18-Feb-14 20:23:42

just got this.... firefox here too... and going to "threads I'm on" seemed to trigger it...

if it happens again, mumsnet will be long, LONG gone from the places I visit.....

cozietoesie Tue 18-Feb-14 20:35:36

Just got it again - and I think it was from hovering over a block ad halfway down on the right which was something about 'put together your style' (or something similar) with a tightly wrapped barbie type figure in a pink dress plus assorted clothes as the ad graphic. Does anyone else remember this?

cozietoesie Tue 18-Feb-14 20:41:19

'Discover your style' - and it's a red dress. (I'd be hopeless on a police ID parade.) It just did it again when I hovered over the arrow button at the bottom right of that ad. Could someone else try it if they see that one?

nemno Tue 18-Feb-14 20:41:58

Just got it again after clicking I'm Watching.

snice Tue 18-Feb-14 20:45:27

i just had a page open that had been blocked by Talktalk parental controls as porn. using Firefox.

FiaGrace Tue 18-Feb-14 20:54:34

Just got it again, Firefox user, clicked on Threads I'm watching. Getting pretty pissed off about it to be honest.

CocktailQueen Tue 18-Feb-14 20:58:02

I've had this a few times too - new windows 8 desktop, running Firefox!

TinyTear Tue 18-Feb-14 21:33:33

got it now on windows 7 using firefox

wooldonor Tue 18-Feb-14 21:52:50

I've just clicked on a thread and before I knew it a new window had opened up for "horny smashers". Not entirely sure what these are but it appears to involve being topless and using a mobile.

I'm on a windows 7 PC with Firefox

lovestea Tue 18-Feb-14 21:56:40

And again. My pointer was over the white left hand side margin, and nowhere near an ad. Boring and annoying it is.

cozietoesie Tue 18-Feb-14 21:59:46

OK - I isolated the two naughties I 'think' may be in the frame. I'll send a screenshot in.

GemmaTeller Tue 18-Feb-14 22:02:31

I've had it on two consecutive days at roughly the same time (?)

I've run a scan on both occasions.

RandomMess Tue 18-Feb-14 22:05:26

I'm having this issue too, I'm on firefox and have sole use of my PC - brings up a new tab and always the same advert - grrr

Glad it's not just me, I've been getting some page called Horny Smashers hmm coming up on DPs laptop and then it came up today again, DP is going mental trying to find whatever is causing it and he can't. I've been booted off and on to my phone for infecting the leptop! sad

wooldonor Tue 18-Feb-14 22:21:20

Schro - that's the same one I had. I have the website address but I don't want to post it. MNHQ - let me know if it would help for me to send it to you

DP has the address too, it's already been listed on here though only the site address is not horny smashers it's the smash your one that has been mentioned, he has done a full scan as well and nothing. We're running Windows 7 and Firefox.

And DP also not impressed that I insisted he must have been on porn for it to happen... Especially as he's pretty against porn. blush

MargotLovedTom Tue 18-Feb-14 23:04:52

I've just had it open in a new tab - laptop, Firefox, Windows 7.

eatmydust Tue 18-Feb-14 23:55:09

keeps opening in a new tab for me as well. Using Firefox. It is getting seriously irritating now.

ReadyToPopAndFresh Wed 19-Feb-14 15:27:36

Also 3x now had pop up! And I haven't clicked on any of the ads on MN it just shows up!

ReadyToPopAndFresh Wed 19-Feb-14 15:28:08

firefox windows 8 here new lap top

ReadyToPopAndFresh Wed 19-Feb-14 15:34:20

MNHQ at the risk of sounding a bit conspiracy theorist do you think it could be a hacker to do with your joining the No more Page 3 campaign? People supporting these kind of campaigns have had a lot of abuse and just wonder if it's a possibility? I mean it must be painful obvious to the people who own the page that they aren't going to make any money off MN. BUt some twunt might find it "hilarious" to stick a load of boobs up

AmyMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Feb-14 15:50:50

Ohh <looks over shoulder> we hope not! We don't think that's what's going on, but once we get to the bottom of it we'll let you know (if we can) what's caused it.

Ready You're probably right, did we not used to get 4** trolling a lot? I remember a very funny porny book sounding one.

PigletJohn Wed 19-Feb-14 18:19:48

I haven't had it, but have just added to my "restricted sites" on infernet explorer (Tools, Internet Options, Security, click on the restricted sites icon, click on sites, paste in the address, click Add, click Close.

I sometimes get directed to odd sites on Facebook, but use Norton Internet Security which blocks most undesirable sites.

CaptainRex Wed 19-Feb-14 19:47:03

I've had it happen a lot since Friday - again its Smashyourfriends site, opens up in a new tab - dont even have to be clicking a link, just scrolling down the page.

Am on firefox, windows 7 (and have run a full malawares, avast scan and ccleaner and they were all clear)

I've just had
appear. I'm using Firefox on Windows 7.

PigletJohn Wed 19-Feb-14 20:50:04

that's a fishy site. It doesn't look anything special, it has a picture probably stolen from an underwear advert.

It looked up my town and outer postcode, perhaps from the IP address. It has lots of cookies on it, almost all of which I already block, although (which is on my blocked list) managed to load a cookies, as did which I use for ordinary purposes.

I have added to my restricted sites.

nemno Wed 19-Feb-14 20:59:11
nemno Wed 19-Feb-14 21:00:37

Still on Firefox and Vista (don't laugh) btw.

bluebump Wed 19-Feb-14 21:01:06

I keep getting these too.

bluebump Wed 19-Feb-14 21:02:36

I'm on Firefox I should say, not sure what version of Windows though, 7 I think.

GemmaTeller Wed 19-Feb-14 21:10:52

I've just had it again

3across2down Wed 19-Feb-14 21:14:53

This has happened twice to me tonight and my 19 year old DS now thinks I want to hook up with horny smashers! I'm not sure he believes me when I say it appeared while browsing Mumsnetgrin

pasbeaucoupdegendarme Wed 19-Feb-14 21:41:58

I've just had one on here too, and I'm using a firefox/Windows 7 combo...

MarianneEnjolras Wed 19-Feb-14 22:21:06

I've had this happen twice now too. First time I thought I must have a virus but I've checked my laptop and it's clean.

It's just happened again and I found this thread.

I'm using firefox & windows 7.

I was on active convos when this popped up:

snice Wed 19-Feb-14 22:22:12

just had another porn pop up window blocked when clicking to active convos

eatmydust Wed 19-Feb-14 22:27:28

It has popped up again for me today whilst browsing Mumsnet. And much more worryingly the porn site knows my location - but my location details are disabled. MNHQ - are you providing location details to advertisers?????

cozietoesie Wed 19-Feb-14 22:27:37

I haven't had anything so far this evening. It may be a coincidence but last night - for reasons unconnected with this thread - I reset Firefox on all the computers. (Takes about 2 minutes max and is easy peasy.)

lovestea Wed 19-Feb-14 22:38:59

I just had it ........ again.

cozietoesie Wed 19-Feb-14 22:40:11

Hah! I spoke too soon.

FluffyDucky Wed 19-Feb-14 22:42:37

Just had it for the second time (1st time last week, closed it quickly thinking I had clicked on something by accident) I was in a thread and it just opened a new tab on firefox, no clicking etc.. not even a pop-up.
I'm guessing someone has embedded the code in MN talk or something technical like that?
Gah, I hope it is fixed soon!

MaryMotherOfCheeses Wed 19-Feb-14 22:53:43

Oooh it's quite irritating isn't it!

MissieEverdeen Wed 19-Feb-14 23:12:08

FGS it's just happened again

This link, I'm running Firefox on Vista.

MN come on, you need to have sorted this out by now.

The tab just popped up before my eyes as DP walked past - his eyes nearly fell out of his head at the big-breasted woman on my screen, asking wtf I'm looking at! angry

PigletJohn Wed 19-Feb-14 23:25:05

is it only happening on firefox, not on IE?

cozietoesie Wed 19-Feb-14 23:33:27

Somebody had it on Opera, I think - but FF seems to be the main common denominator.

ReadyToPopAndFresh Thu 20-Feb-14 08:32:36

Yes, but do most people use firefox? Could just be a coincidence.

I've had it on 2 different machines, both with Firefox. I've used Chrome for mumsnet for the last couple of days and haven't had it since.

Like others, I wasn't clicking on anything on mumsnet at the time, the mouse was just hovering. I don't see how it can be anything to do with other advertisers, must be something on the mumsnet site/server whatever runs these things.

cozietoesie Thu 20-Feb-14 14:39:02

I'd have said not, Ready. Here are some stats which seem about right to me, although I'm surprised by just how quickly Chrome is coming up on the outside. (Or perhaps not, given Google's financial muscle and tactics.)

SpockSmashesScissors Thu 20-Feb-14 18:05:01

Still getting it here too, not happy. Firefox and Win 7 here.

member Thu 20-Feb-14 18:09:16

My laptop (well, in effect it's a desk top since it doesn't hold charge & has to be hooked up to power at all times) hasn't had it despite me being on MN more than usual.

Glad since dc are around - am also running Firefox on Vista.

ReadyToPopAndFresh Thu 20-Feb-14 19:20:48

Just had it again mnhq!

cozietoesie Thu 20-Feb-14 19:42:03

Maybe Tech should be researching Firefox malware vulnerabilities. (I've just temporarily disabled my add ons to see if that helps.)

cozietoesie Fri 21-Feb-14 08:13:05

And since I did that (running FF in safe mode) - no pop ups.

Ballsballsballs Fri 21-Feb-14 15:57:01

This has just happened to me. I'm on Firefox and Windows 7.

RichardTech (MNHQ) Fri 21-Feb-14 17:23:07

Hi everyone,
Just letting you know that we are working very hard here at MNHQ and also communicating externally with our ad network partners regarding the unwanted porn ads. We have taken step to block all of the reported urls so far and additionally we have also implemented a browser block as well.

I do hope that these steps will put a stop to the nasty pop-up ads, but in the event that you do see it again please post as much information as you can and we will certainly continue to do our best to stop them.

lovestea Fri 21-Feb-14 18:48:34

Hi RichardTech,

As you can see from this thread I have had this on numerous occasions over the last days. I have checked my security several times and run a scan previously which picked up doodly squat. I am running Windows 7 and Firefox.

Then today my McAfee picked up two 'potentially unwanted programs'. They were Adware-Bprotect and Adwarec. I was able to delete Adwarec, but even McAfee could not get rid of Adware-Bprotect. They have put it into 'quarantine'.

I don't know if this is something or nothing, but I have never in the two years that I have had this pc had a 'potentially unwanted program' flagged up before.
I will let you know if I get the boob page again, or if that is the end of it.

cozietoesie Fri 21-Feb-14 19:03:37


Maybe download Malwarebytes and run a complete scan including 'potentially unwanted programs' ? It's a free download (for non-automatic operation) and is still pretty good even though it's getting on a bit now.

cozietoesie Fri 21-Feb-14 19:06:20

Oh - and thanks for that update, RichardTech. It's no fun crawling around in the bowels of the code.

lovestea Fri 21-Feb-14 19:18:23

Thank you cozietoesie , that's so helpful of you.
I will try and do that, but I suffer from terminal technophobia so might wait until my computer savvy son comes home before I attempt it. I am such a wimp.
Is this malware? Can it harm a computer?

cozietoesie Fri 21-Feb-14 19:31:39

I'd say that the ad itself is not - although it's of questionable content - but it's the way it's being done that is dodgy. Your computer should be fine as long as you've got standard protection on it.

lovestea Fri 21-Feb-14 19:47:09

Thank you for that cozietoesie.

LEMmingaround Fri 21-Feb-14 19:50:41

Oh my god, this has happened to me too - topless women, Smash a - i raked my poor DP over the coals! Olivia what HAVE you been up to?

cozietoesie Sat 22-Feb-14 08:13:03

Out of interest, I haven't had any popups on this site for 24-36 hours now - but I got the boobs on a completely unrelated site. (And I do mean completely unrelated.) That may be a clue for Tech? (My laptop has been carrying something around with it?)

cozietoesie Sun 23-Feb-14 19:19:14

Looks like whatever tech has done has worked judging by the absence of fresh reports?

YouAreTalkingRubbish Sun 23-Feb-14 21:44:18

Can I suggest everyone opts out of interest-based ad's on Google (and you tube)
You can find a link to google ad preferences in THIS BBC ARTICLE

If you have APPLE ios7 products (ipad, iPhone etc) I would read THIS article and Disable Location-Based iAds, limit Ad Tracking and disable as-tracking.

If you have had a particular problem then I would clear out my cookies and web data.

There will be ways to stop interest based ads/pop ups on other operating systems.

They are all out to get you confused grin


lovestea Sun 23-Feb-14 22:17:41

I have not had it since Thursday pm now. Thank goodness.
Why are some people getting it, but others not?
Thank you for trying to sort it MN.

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