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WTF! - Adware blocking Sailnet, DO NOT CLICK

An ad just blocked me from Sailnet unless I gave my personal info.

I understand the site has to make money to stay open, but I think you're making some questionable choices if you're running this kind of advertising.

The "You're a winner" ads referenced on another thread in this forum have been around forever and have a reputation for downloading adware if you click on them. Not to mention that they're annoying as hell visually.

Now today I try and visit sailnet and the following full page ad appears

When I try and navigate away from the page I get

I try to refresh the page and it won't let me into Sailnet unless I choose a game and complete a survey. So I block the site in the Explorer security window, close the browser and try again. This time I get Sailnet.

A Google on cpalead.com turns up several sites like this one that warn that clicking on a cpalead survey collects personal information and loads adware onto your computer.
http://stopmalvertising.com/spam-sca...rk-marketplace

I really enjoy Sailnet, but I've already stopped accessing Sailnet from work (I used to read during lunch). The last thing I need to explain is an infected computer at a client. Now I'm wondering if I should give up on Sailnet completely.

I'm CC'ing the Administrator and the Mods on this.

Jim
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Jim,

Sorry about that.

Not sure why you're seeing this. I have never seen any of these, nor the "you're a winner" windows. I am not running any special ad-blocks, either.

I'll send a note to admin and ask them to take a look.
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If people start getting infected it will kill Sailnet. I really don't want to see that happen.

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The last few days I have heard "you're a winner" but have not seen any windows pop up. My blocker is on high though. But popups are allowed by sailnet.com.

I really don't understand this stuff much though.
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I'm getting the "security check" also:
http://www.cpalead.com/mygateway/myg...ateid=MTM3OTEz
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Jim - are you sure this ad came from SailNet?

we do not serve anything that looks like that. Were you on another site before clicking through to sailnet?

I use sailnet all day long and have not seen any ad that looked like the one your posted.

any information would be helpful.

Jeff

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Jeff & John,

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Jim - are you sure this ad came from SailNet?

we do not serve anything that looks like that. Were you on another site before clicking through to sailnet?

I use sailnet all day long and have not seen any ad that looked like the one your posted.

any information would be helpful.

Jeff
Jeff,
Yep, DEFINITELY SAILNET. I'd just opened a new browser window and sailnet was my first stop.

I did screen captures of both messages. Here's the full URL of the screen that popped up:
http://www.cpalead.com/mygateway/myg...ateid=MTM3OTEz

I figured you might need this info to track down the offending ad. I wish I had more info for you.

Also FWIW, the documentation I found for this adware company indicates it usually sits in front of a content site to collect information before it allows people to view the site.

DAMN!, I just opened Sailnet in another browser window to get the name of another poster who'd gotten this popup and it came up again -- even though I have Explorer set to block content from cpalead.com.

Jim
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1. Run Firefox, rather than IE
2. Install Adblock Plus
3. Subscribe to the appropriate advert-blocking subscription

Life will be much less stressful

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