There is a possibaly dangerous ad on the front page.

Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by Ericthegreat, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Ericthegreat
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    Ericthegreat Not New Member

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    It looks like a video under the recommended sites section, and if you click it it trys to get you to download mplayer.exe (I highly doubt it is really mplayer). Just tought you guys should know so you could maybe block it, since it was a flash ad that tryed to get you to dl somthing I was unable to get a url. Next time I see it I will try and get it from source....
     
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  2. TwinRetro

    TwinRetro Don't start nothin', Won't be nothin'

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    I can verify this as well.
     
  3. Ericthegreat
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    Ericthegreat Not New Member

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    Also I do not recommend clicking it at all if you are on windows!

    Edit: I noticed this thread: http://gbatemp.net/topic/333679-this-is-why-im-not-comfortable-adding-gbatemp-to-the-whitelist/

    If you get rid of the ad I was talking about it should fix these peoples problems as well.
     
  4. gloweyjoey

    gloweyjoey who??

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    I saw one of these videos on the front page. It was trying to make me download realplayer. I checked the URL and it said it was coming from vertitechnologygroup.com who appears to have an installer called 'rocketfuel' to install ads on your computer.
     
  5. BORTZ

    BORTZ "I'm the captain now"

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    Until this kinda stuff is sorted out, im running adblock at full speed.
     
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  6. kingcolex

    kingcolex Joe "Coop" Cooper

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    Never been a big fan of ad blockers, i usually just watch what i click.
     
  7. GamerzHell9137

    GamerzHell9137 GBAtemp Psycho!

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  8. KingVamp

    KingVamp Great... AETHER!

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    Why? You wouldn't even need to worry about them. :unsure:
     
  9. Wizerzak

    Wizerzak Because I'm a potato!

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    No having to wait for ads on youtube ever again. Isn't that worth it on it's own?
     
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  10. AlanJohn

    AlanJohn くたばれ

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    I am not afraid of your filthy .exe's, I am part of the Linux masterrace.
     
  11. p1ngpong

    p1ngpong Irish ex captain

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    Costello is working on trying to change the type of adverts we are getting so we don't get stuff like this and NSFW pop ups.

    1) the current ad platform said they have taken care of the problem with the ads
    2) i was contacted by another media company who specifically works with game sites and they want to work with gbatemp and filetrip
    i will look into this and see how this goes
    i'd like to see more gamer-oriented ads lol
     
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  12. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    I know it's a horrible piece of advice as far as GBATemp is concerned - you guys need the funding and the Ads are here for good reasons, however until the situation with dodgy ones is resolved, I have merely one recommendation. It's called AdBlock Plus.

    I know that as users we should be supportive and suffer through the Ads, but the moment they become suspicious or potentially malicious, "better safe than sorry" kicks in.

    If you still want to support the Temp and you're willing to watch the Ads, at the very least make sure that your computer is protected by installing even the most basic Internet Security suite.
     
  13. BORTZ

    BORTZ "I'm the captain now"

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    I dont normally do that because i know the ads are good for the site, but ive been getting more and more malicious warnings.
     
  14. Whipple

    Whipple GBAtemp Regular

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    NOD32 blocks most of the malware attempting to get onto my system, however, if something does make it through, Malwarebytes has always made short work of it.

    Windows users:
    Generally run in an account that is a user (NOT admin) account.
    Have a good (well-known) antivirus / antimalware program protecting your system.
    Run Malewarebytes (anti-malware program)to ensure you have nothing malicious on your disk that may be called and executed by the bad guys.
    Last but by no means least, ensure you have a backup to save you if all else fails.
     
  15. jalaneme

    jalaneme Female Gamer

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    If you have a good virus scanner like i have it deletes rubbish like this before it can even do any damage, still i hope it gets sorted out soon as its still dangerous for people who don't have "protection"
     
  16. nukeboy95

    nukeboy95 Leave luck to heaven.

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    not sure
    adblocker = no money = no gbatemp

    unless a crap ton of ppl bought stuff from http://merch.gbatemp.net
     
  17. Ericthegreat
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    I have found another in the same place but this one says playnow/download in green trys to make you dl the same file, this one is from install.optimum-installer.com
     
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  19. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    Like I said - this is a temporary* measure until the issues with malicious ads is resolved.




    *See what I did there?
     
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  20. shoyrumaster11

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    I once accidentally clicked on an ad that tried to sell me phone apps. (i think they were for android devices) can anyone confirm if these ads are safe.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    EDIT: I have vmware and a Windows XP VM i'm willing to trash and I may try it with some suspicious apps and hope nothings jumps out or is VMaware!

    PS: Is the rumor that viruses can "jump out" of Virtual Machines true? I know the VMaware one is!