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PLEASE POST SCREENSHOTS of the FULL SCREEN and report your DEVICE TYPE, BROWSER TYPE AND VERSION, and COUNTRY where you are browsing from in your post.This thread is strictly for the reporting of disruptive ads, including unwanted popups, page hijscks, malware attempts, etc. related to ad content. Please refrain from discussion or speculation about technical issues if they are not reports as specified here.

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Old Dec 11, 17, 2:51 am
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I have had similar this weekend...

Make sure you have a good anti-virus and run it, do a full scan... never rely on websites saying you have malware installed.

I use AVAST, works well
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Old Dec 11, 17, 3:18 am
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I get this a lot on my iPhone and iPad.

An advert appears that can only be removed by closing the browser and clearing history.

This only happens with FlyerTalk
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Old Dec 11, 17, 3:22 am
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Sorry, canít recall the forum but most likely BA.

Takes over the screen, and appears to add fake history as back button does not return me to FlyerTalk.

Usually UK based however screenshot was when I was in Chicago.
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Old Dec 11, 17, 4:03 am
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Thanks everyone, I ran my antivirus software as well, and also Malwarebytes and no issues found [redacted] I'll try and do a screenshot if it happens again to report it.

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Old Dec 11, 17, 6:49 am
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As Mwenenzi has correctly pointed out this should be addressed to Internet Brands (IB) the owner of FlyerTalk. Moderators cannot do anything other than to move this thread to the appropriate forum. You will almost certainly be asked to provide screenshots.
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Old Dec 11, 17, 7:25 am
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Originally Posted by Sealink View Post

I get this a lot on my iPhone and iPad.

An advert appears that can only be removed by closing the browser and clearing history.

This only happens with FlyerTalk
Got the same thing this morning. Notice how they fill the immediate browser history with redirects so you can't go back X pages and get out of it. Just reminded me to turn on the Ad Blocker on my iPad, too.
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Old Dec 11, 17, 8:58 am
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This is becoming such a widespread problem which is unfortunate. But if it can't be fixed in short order, maybe one of those site-wide sticky announcement post (whatever you call it) about the issue would be helpful until such time as it's rectified. Ideally the announcement could provide some sort of a status update on what is being done about the issue and an estimated time for resolution.
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Old Dec 11, 17, 9:53 am
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Happens all the time on mobile and it's ridiculously annoying. The only way to get back to the page I was on is to close the tab and start all over.

For a while they had the ads that would automatically open the app store. That was even more annoying.

Site's gotta stay up somehow, I guess.
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Old Dec 11, 17, 1:15 pm
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Moderator's note: Please confine discussion to the topic at hand, rather than a) software that IB has disallowed discussion of and which the moderators have little choice but to enforce, or b) discussion of moderator actions. Thank you.

cblaisd and JDiver, Co-Moderators, Technical Support forum.

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Old Dec 11, 17, 1:32 pm
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Originally Posted by 84fiero View Post
what is being done about the issue
I can write the status update for you. Nothing.
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Old Dec 11, 17, 5:08 pm
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Thanks for the screenshot. Will update our report with this one. I also got the previously submitted screenshots as well (amazon spam)

Originally Posted by atword View Post
Again today
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Old Dec 12, 17, 1:11 am
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There is this one too, does anyone know why I got this?

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Old Dec 12, 17, 10:44 am
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Well, it looks like we're not allowed to discuss some things that I installed on my computer solely for use on FT, so I'll just say this: You don't have to worry about losing revenue from me while I use server resources, because the user experience here is now so bad that I visit less than 10% of what I used to.
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Old Dec 13, 17, 6:47 am
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Timely article this morning with mention of Flyertalk.

How to stop rogue ads that can set you up for malware

The traditional approach of reporting sketchy content to a site’s owner — see, for instance, the 46 pages of posts flagging ”Disruptive Ads” on the popular travel site FlyerTalk, or the frustration publishers voice on Reddit’s AdOps subreddit — doesn’t work well when there are so many scammers who can cloak their identities so easily.

One answer is smarter screening of programmatic ads to catch the con jobs. Confiant, for example, offers an ad-industry equivalent of malware protection; Mangin said his company’s system can catch and stop a hostile ad before it can finish loading in a browser.

FlyerTalk’s parent firm Internet Brands, meanwhile, is now evaluating services from the ad-monitoring firms The Media Trust and GeoEdge, said spokesman Joe Ewaskiw.
Maybe there is hope ahead.
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Old Dec 13, 17, 7:35 am
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Not sure if my report belongs here or is duplicative of othersí.

I am constantly having sidebar ads float over the content I am trying to read, or the box where I am trying to write a reply. It is happening right now as I type this. Appears to be especially bad for me in the WN forum.

Using iPhone 6S Plus, iOS 11.1.2
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