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Craigy
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Dodgy advertisements

Post by Craigy » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:31 am

Hi there, I was browsing today and got a weird ad for "Russian singles" with a scantily clad woman on them.

I sometimes browse GPtechnical from a work computer, which is a problem if there are ads like this appearing.

Is this something you're aware of?

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Re: Dodgy advertisements

Post by Jolle » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:39 am

Craigy wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:31 am
Hi there, I was browsing today and got a weird ad for "Russian singles" with a scantily clad woman on them.

I sometimes browse GPtechnical from a work computer, which is a problem if there are ads like this appearing.

Is this something you're aware of?
Adds are custom made for you and your browsing/search history ;-)

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Re: Dodgy advertisements

Post by Craigy » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:57 am

Jolle wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:39 am
Craigy wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:31 am
Hi there, I was browsing today and got a weird ad for "Russian singles" with a scantily clad woman on them.

I sometimes browse GPtechnical from a work computer, which is a problem if there are ads like this appearing.

Is this something you're aware of?
Adds are custom made for you and your browsing/search history ;-)
Yeah, except that with this being a work PC, it's not been near anything "dodgy". This is not because of the PC's browsing history.

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Re: Dodgy advertisements

Post by ace456 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:41 am

Well ads are generally targeted to the user. Maybe somebody in your company or on the company network is doing something 'dodgy'. Not f1technical.net issue. Just use ad blocker to keep it SFW :D

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Re: Dodgy advertisements

Post by wesley123 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:22 am

Craigy wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:57 am
Jolle wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:39 am
Craigy wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:31 am
Hi there, I was browsing today and got a weird ad for "Russian singles" with a scantily clad woman on them.

I sometimes browse GPtechnical from a work computer, which is a problem if there are ads like this appearing.

Is this something you're aware of?
Adds are custom made for you and your browsing/search history ;-)
Yeah, except that with this being a work PC, it's not been near anything "dodgy". This is not because of the PC's browsing history.
You've got some weird collegues then :P

Like said, those ads are based on the, presumed, interests of the individual(s). I can confirm, I misclicked once on a new PC and got advertisements for bra's for months.
"Bite my shiny metal ass" - Bender

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Re: Dodgy advertisements

Post by Craigy » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:54 pm

wesley123 wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:22 am
Craigy wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:57 am
Jolle wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:39 am


Adds are custom made for you and your browsing/search history ;-)
Yeah, except that with this being a work PC, it's not been near anything "dodgy". This is not because of the PC's browsing history.
You've got some weird collegues then :P

Like said, those ads are based on the, presumed, interests of the individual(s). I can confirm, I misclicked once on a new PC and got advertisements for bra's for months.
Open up a chrome incognito window - no cookies, no history. Open this thread. Look at the ad on the bottom of the page.
I've been getting "single muslim" dating site ads..

In reference to the "it must be someone in your company.." - I doubt that quite a lot, for lots of corporate reasons I'm not going to go into. Suffice to say it's a well-controlled network.

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Re: Dodgy advertisements

Post by Sieper » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:08 pm

might also be your home private browse history that you are being targeted at at work. facebook, Hotmail account etc. they link everything together. :x

There are options (at least here in NL) to go to websites and tell them to stop tracking your cookies/history. It does work somewhat to alleviate the problem.

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Re: Dodgy advertisements

Post by Craigy » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:37 pm

Sieper wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:08 pm
might also be your home private browse history that you are being targeted at at work. facebook, Hotmail account etc. they link everything together. :x

There are options (at least here in NL) to go to websites and tell them to stop tracking your cookies/history. It does work somewhat to alleviate the problem.
I did a little test, spooled up a new windows VM under ESX, and looked at F1technical through it. The IP range for that network is nothing to do with me, my laptop or my home browsing habits.

Guess what adverts I see?

This is systemic.

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Re: Dodgy advertisements

Post by wesley123 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:43 pm

Now that I think of it, these could very well be generic ads, which are served because there is no information to work with for the ad provider.
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Re: Dodgy advertisements

Post by ChrisDanger » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:11 pm

Craigy wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:37 pm
This is systemic.
I'd wait for Steven, the site owner, to chime in, instead of listening to most of these comments. I remember something like this happening before, although I'm not sure if there was a solution. If you don't hear anything you can PM him using this link: https://www.f1technical.net/forum/ucp.p ... ompose&u=2

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Re: Dodgy advertisements

Post by ChrisDanger » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:14 pm

wesley123 wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:22 am
I misclicked once on a new PC and got advertisements for bra's for months.
Sure buddy. :wink:

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Re: Dodgy advertisements

Post by Craigy » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:40 pm

ChrisDanger wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:11 pm
Craigy wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:37 pm
This is systemic.
I'd wait for Steven, the site owner, to chime in, instead of listening to most of these comments. I remember something like this happening before, although I'm not sure if there was a solution. If you don't hear anything you can PM him using this link: https://www.f1technical.net/forum/ucp.p ... ompose&u=2
ta.

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Re: Dodgy advertisements

Post by Steven » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:00 pm

ChrisDanger wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:14 pm
wesley123 wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:22 am
I misclicked once on a new PC and got advertisements for bra's for months.
Sure buddy. :wink:
:lol: :lol:

Anyway, I've been getting dating ads as well - although mostly amazon ads and car advertisements. My experience with various sites shows that dating ads are generally high revenue (I don't know from f1technical, as I don't know which ads are clicked) and are often used as default. They are considered somewhat relevant to everybody, en when there is too little information about someone in relation to the visited page, these ads come up.

Also note that the current page is called "dodgy advertisements", so it's not like you're going to get relevant ads here either. It's like a self fulfilling prophecy.

To try to resolve the matter, It would be helpful if you could post/pm/email me some of the links from these ads.

And please don't use adblock (or whitelist f1technical). Great attention has been paid to make the ads not obtrusive, despite new full-page ad formats entering the scene which could potentially improve income. The ads are the only revenue we have to pay for photos and hosting.

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Re: Dodgy advertisements

Post by wesley123 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:18 pm

ChrisDanger wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:14 pm
wesley123 wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:22 am
I misclicked once on a new PC and got advertisements for bra's for months.
Sure buddy. :wink:
Okay, okay, I might have misclicked more than once :P
"Bite my shiny metal ass" - Bender

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Re: Dodgy advertisements

Post by Steven » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:18 pm

I might also add that all 18+ ads are blocked as well.