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Old May 3, 17, 8:22 am
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Well, the hijacks don't appear to be completely limited to iOS devices. Got this last night on Windows 7 using IE. Note that some info (like my IP address) has been removed from this screenshot.

I loaded a couple threads in new tabs, and when I went to the first one, it had been redirected to this page.

No, my computer is not infected with anything. The warning is obviously 100% fake, but I even double checked before posting (full scans with antivirus and malwarebytes pro) to ensure that it didn't originate on my end.

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Old May 3, 17, 12:16 pm
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Originally Posted by navylad View Post
1. They appear so regularly, such that they probably fill my advert banners on FT about 75% of the time.
2. The offers elapse and they continue to advertise.
3. The are often misleading, hence they have had their knuckles wrapped by the ASA on two occasions.

I do take other issues with Heathrow Express who do also use some scrupulous sales techniques such as hiking up prices in order to offer sale prices that seam more reasonable than they actually are, but that isn't a matter of these particular adverts.
Most of those can be better dealt with by UK bodies who deal with misleading advertising and bad trading practices.
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Old May 3, 17, 12:20 pm
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Originally Posted by techie View Post
Most of those can be better dealt with by UK bodies who deal with misleading advertising and bad trading practices.
Indeed, I didn't post in this forum, my post was moved here by moderators, I posted in community buzz in order to see if other people found it as an issue or not.
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Old May 4, 17, 9:39 am
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As a matter of principal, I've never used an ad blocker. I know how the internet works, how it's monetized, etc., and I fully support websites that I use and want to continue to have available. I occasionally even click on semi-interesting ads for no reason, just to throw a little money your way.

But FT's implementation of its ads is making me consider getting an ad blocker, if only for this site. No other site destroys my system resources like FT does. If I get on here and open up a few tabs at the same time, it's not unusual to hear my CPU fan go on. This is a system with an i7 and 16GB of RAM, and your website has a noticeable performance impact.

Just throwing that out there. When your ads are driving people to use ad blockers because of performance issues, there's something wrong. Blocked ads aren't going to make anybody money.
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Old May 4, 17, 11:13 am
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I find myself in this. FT is the reason I use an ad blocker and one of the few site not white listed.
When your customer tell you this, you should think twice.
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Old May 6, 17, 6:18 am
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Ads are not going away and they are not going to be pre-screened. We know that much from posts in this thread. Make of that what you will and act accordingly.
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Old May 6, 17, 4:51 pm
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Originally Posted by techie View Post
Ads are not going to be pre-screened. Make of that what you will and act accordingly.
What an absolute shame.

Unfortunately at this point, I have to follow suit, the fact that you don't have complete control or at least just a tad more oversight over your ads is frustrating and has driven me to remove FT from my whitelisted sites on my ad blocker.

I simply cant take this game of Russian roulette any longer. After months of people reporting ads, I still have to fear that 1/10 times I visit a FT page I risk the possibility of getting my PC infected from a website that unlike literally every other site I use can't act responsibly.

I don't think its much to expect that if you're going to make money off our visits that your ads be trustworthy and lead to legitimate and relatable companies (what ads are supposed to do)

I also think we should be shamed for using one when it's a matter of security. Lets be honest, as far as this thread goes, until some more action is done other than block specific reported ads, this thread'll will be about as effective at keeping members safe as the TSA is at stopping terrorists.

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Old May 21, 17, 11:23 pm
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Old May 22, 17, 12:25 pm
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Is anyone going to fix this crapshow?
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Old May 22, 17, 2:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Schwann View Post
Is anyone going to fix this crapshow?
It doesn't seem so, nope!
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Old May 22, 17, 2:31 pm
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Originally Posted by florens View Post
It doesn't seem so, nope!
Rest assured that we are working on each ad that gets reported, it's just that new ones will always crop up. I alerted tech to the site you posted. were you running iOS 10?
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Old May 23, 17, 12:12 am
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Originally Posted by IBJoel View Post
Rest assured that we are working on each ad that gets reported, it's just that new ones will always crop up. I alerted tech to the site you posted. were you running iOS 10?
Yes, 10.3.2.
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Old May 23, 17, 9:31 am
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Please drop the auto-playing video ads. The most common one is for Alaska Airlines credit card. Having 3 of those on the same page further compounds the offense.
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Old May 23, 17, 2:48 pm
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Originally Posted by armus View Post
Please drop the auto-playing video ads. The most common one is for Alaska Airlines credit card. Having 3 of those on the same page further compounds the offense.
Please post a screen shot. We don't see all the ads so the only way for us to kill a specific one is for us to see a pic of it.
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Old May 23, 17, 6:02 pm
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The coincidentally ironic screenshot is attached. There's generally at least 3 of the square ads in a page for a thread and all can end up as an auto-play video.
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