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Forum topic by WillliamMSP posted 06-08-2016 03:34 PM 758 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WillliamMSP

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06-08-2016 03:34 PM

As I was checking my LJ messages, I had a brain fart and I clicked on “You have 2 new messages” which I didn’t realize was a text ad until after the fact. Clicking on it opened a new browser tab and it was one of those jobbers where they try to hijack the browser and convince you that your computer in infected and you need to call in for ‘assistance.’ Preying in the technologically illiterate, IOW. Not a big deal for me, but I know that some members aren’t terribly computer/internet savvy.

I know that a number of LJers, myself included, turn off our adblockers for LJ so that we don’t negatively impact revenue, but linking to blatant ransom ware is making me rethink that consideration.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)


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Combo Prof

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#1 posted 06-08-2016 03:39 PM

Saw that add and marked it as inappropriate. Now I don’t see it any more.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#2 posted 06-08-2016 05:01 PM

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WillliamMSP

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#3 posted 06-08-2016 07:13 PM

Yeah, I know how to deal with this; this thread isn’t about me, personally, it’s simply to notify the powers that be at LJ that some of the ads that they’re serving up to their members are on the unsavory side. If they can do something with the info, awesome. If not, I tried.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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Lazyman

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#4 posted 06-08-2016 08:03 PM

I was about to post a forum topic asking how many ads on a page are too many ads. Last night I noticed that they are now randomly creating those double underlined ad links in the text where if your mouse goes over it another ad pops up that is totally unrelated to the word that is double underlined. If that ad pops up you have to click to close it to read what is behind it. That page had 9 ads on it, most of them for the same advertiser. Even worse, on my iPad the banner ad at the top sometimes covers the navigation buttons when you zoom images of a project. Even though I figured out a workaround for that by scrolling the ad off the screen before clicking the zoom buttom, I sometimes forget to do that and I have to hit the back button on the browser.

I understand that they have to make money to run the site but I’ve started looking for alternative sites that don’t have so many annoying ads. So far no luck. Maybe I’ll start my own.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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hotbyte

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#5 posted 06-08-2016 08:09 PM

I think the double underline ad links only appear if you are not signed on. If you see them again, double check you are signed on.

I’ve notice that 2 Messages ad but know better than to click it also…that should not be considered an ad!

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oldnovice

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#6 posted 06-09-2016 12:17 AM

For some time I was getting phone calls telling me that they were from Microsoft and that my PC was constantly on the web without me knowing. Speaking in very broken English and hard to understand they ask to get access to my PC so they can scan it and fix it. I just hung up.

The last, the 3rd time, they called I asked if the PC was doing it now, they said yes, and I told them there was no operating PC in this office which by the way was an FBI field office.
Haven’t had another call since.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 06-09-2016 12:51 AM


For some time I was getting phone calls telling me that they were from Microsoft and that my PC was constantly on the web without me knowing. Speaking in very broken English and hard to understand they ask to get access to my PC so they can scan it and fix it. I just hung up.

The last, the 3rd time, they called I asked if the PC was doing it now, they said yes, and I told them there was no operating PC in this office which by the way was an FBI field office.
Haven t had another call since.

- oldnovice

I look forward to these calls. After five minutes or so of debugging my “Windows errors”, I casually mention that my PC operating system is Ubuntu.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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Combo Prof

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#8 posted 06-09-2016 01:24 AM

I periodically get the call about my PC. It gives me great pleasure to tell them I don’t own a PC.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#9 posted 06-09-2016 02:13 AM

ChuckV got it: Every non-Windows user go whip up what they use. The obscurer, the better. “My PC is a Commodore 64” [1] Take that, scammers! If you’re using a Macintosh, Tandy, a Scelbi 8 [2], or even a Zuse Z3 [3], that would get some ??’s rollin’. “Yeah, your stupid ransomware took out my N64, so I’m surfin’ the Web with a Curta 1.0 [4]. It’s slow, but it makes wonderful music. Better than any MP3 I can download. I was gonna use my Kenbak-1 [5], but I could not find it.”.

Footnotes:
[1] My family's first computer.
[2] An early computer I knew about.
[3] Had to dig up an early one.
[4] Not a computer by any stretch of the imagination.
[5] Another early one, which I already knew about.

More here.

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MrUnix

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#10 posted 06-09-2016 05:44 AM

I look forward to these calls. After five minutes or so of debugging my “Windows errors”, I casually mention that my PC operating system is Ubuntu.
- ChuckV

There is a whole clan of people who love baiting those fools… seeing who can keep them on the phone the longest (my personal record is well over a half hour), playing with the 419 scammers, dragging along those idiots who troll craigslist and wind up sending you hundreds or thousands more than your asking price ‘by accident’, can lower your credit card interest rate, etc…

Each one can be really fun to play with in their own different way. They are not the sharpest pencils in the box.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: If you would like to play along, you can start by checking out the 419eater site to get some ideas :)

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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Kelly

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#11 posted 06-09-2016 06:51 AM

I often answer my phone “911 emergency, how may I help you.” That usually results in the line going dead.

Wonder what they’d say if I asked them for help with my first computer, which was called FADAC (Field Artillery Digital Automatic Computer). It had to be programed via met tape (we were so beyond those cards).

Oh, and its display was a nice, clear nixie tube readout, it had a whopping 180 k of memory and only weighed about three hundred pounds.

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kizerpea

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#12 posted 06-09-2016 11:46 AM

Those types of messages… An off topic post I never open… Ever.

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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#13 posted 06-09-2016 01:39 PM

I am that way about the internet to, not just this site. The adds drive me nuts. You always have to wait on the adds to finish loading before you can do anything on the page. Then the add locks up and you have to start all over when you refresh the page. It seems sometimes that by the time you wait on all the adds to finish loading it reminds of when I had dial up. Sometimes I think the dial up was faster. :) I wonder how much they actually make off of the ads, myself I would gladly pay a fee not to have to deal with them.

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