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Is this really the sort of advertising that you want?

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RubyGates Fri 17-May-13 09:02:03

I've screen captured a strap advert that keeps following me around the site..
It's at the top of my profile.

Is this really the sort of thing you want on your site?

Tee2072 Fri 17-May-13 09:12:32

That's really bizarre Ruby!

HippoPottyMouth Fri 17-May-13 09:22:04

I think they are google ads aren't they? So they will be specific to you.

HippoPottyMouth Fri 17-May-13 09:22:36

not that someone really is spying on you grin

coppertop Fri 17-May-13 09:44:12

All I've got is an ad for "auto-enrolment middleware". I have no idea what that even is.


HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 17-May-13 09:44:54

Morning, RubyGates. We'll take a look into this.

Adblock, people.
It's changed my life, I tell you.

RubyGates Fri 17-May-13 19:55:18


AvrilPoisson Fri 17-May-13 23:10:12

I have one on the side column for www. happybirthday. com
Which features a "funny poledance" card, with a rather large-chested woman leering at me hmm

Not impressed!

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 17-May-13 23:13:46

Hi Avril
Thanks for that - we'll get onto it forthwith.

RubyGates Sat 18-May-13 08:36:06

The link for the "spied" ad is
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aufaniae Sun 19-May-13 08:33:22

I came here to mention the same ad. It looks really dodgy if you ask me, and not at all what you'd expect from mumsnet.

If I was a newbie it'd put me off the site, or at least give me a bad impression of it.

I haven't clicked the link - who's it from?

aufaniae Sun 19-May-13 08:34:34

Sorry, I meant the "2 people spied ... " ad

NicholasTeakozy Sun 19-May-13 09:03:18

To stop Google ads switch search engines. Get Startpage which uses the same search method as Google but doesn't place cookies nor does it track your IP address. Also, install and configure Ghostery, a brilliant widget that detects and blocks tracking cookies.

No more targeted ads.

RubyGates Sun 19-May-13 09:45:55

It's for an app callled "spyguard" Ironically.

RubyGates Sun 19-May-13 09:46:17

Thanks Nicholas!

NicholasTeakozy Sun 19-May-13 15:03:02

I've had a look at the Spyguard link Ruby and it looks like spyware/malware. If you c&p the link it offers you a download that somehow seems dodgy. I did a search and it appears to be 'Scareware', ie it offers a free 'scan' and offers to clean up non-existent viruses.

RubyGates Sun 19-May-13 15:31:29

Hmmmmm. It sounds "well dodgy".

I'd never click on a link like that (or indeed anything from a random site) My OH being an expert in digital security, but others might. It's a bit crap really.

Thanks again Nicholas.

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 19-May-13 18:43:15

Can you still see that ad Ruby?

RubyGates Sun 19-May-13 18:48:31

No! It hasn't been seen since yesterday smile

BeerTricksPotter Sun 19-May-13 18:59:15

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

NicholasTeakozy Sun 19-May-13 20:42:12

You're welcome Ruby. I got caught out by a similar thing when I was new to the internet. Now I have a traditional antivirus, Threatfire, two Flashblockers, AdBlock Plus, NoScript and Ghostery.

And Kitten Block to stop me going to the Daily Heil website. smile

RubyGates Sun 19-May-13 20:47:37

Lovely, lovely, soothing kittenblock smile

MuseumOfHam Sun 19-May-13 20:57:15

I'm a relative newbie and it quite spooked me. I'd just worked out that you can look at some people's profiles, presumably their choice to make them public, and had randomly clickeded on two people's, then there it was: 2 people have spied on you. Took me a min to realise it was just an ad.

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 19-May-13 21:35:14


I saw it this morning when I logged on.

Any idea where BTP?

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