Spyware and Adware

Discussion in 'sffworld.com comments, feedback...' started by daigoro, Feb 2, 2005.

  1. daigoro

    daigoro I'm the law... Staff Member

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    If anyone has ever been in doubt, this site does not nor will ever run ads that automatically installs viruses and spyware on your computer. The ads here are served by two of the business' most serious ad networks.

    If you think you have a problem with Adware or Spyware on your computer and is seeing a lot of strange ads on the net I would suggest that you try running Spybot or AdAware to check your computer for malicious software.

    AdAware can be downloaded here.

    SpyBot can be downloaded here.
     
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    Empty The edge of panic...

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    What about pop ups? I find them more annoying than adware or spyware.
     
  3. Monty Mike

    Monty Mike Journalist

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    Just for the record, I've never had any problems
     
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    Empty The edge of panic...

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    Most sites unfortunately depend upon pop up advertising to pay the bills (line their pockets :) ) I prefer banners as a rule, and have clicked on them to check out products. I will never click on a pop up ad, and try to black list said products when I see them.
     
  5. Rocket Sheep

    Rocket Sheep I AM too a mod! Staff Member

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    In your internet options you may be able to disable pop ups, or you can download pop up blocker software.

    Some chat windows and pm windows may also be stopped by these, so you should become familiar with how to turn them on and off.

    Sometimes the pop ups you pick up at other sites appear to be activated when you visit here.
     
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    Empty The edge of panic...

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    Very true, though I very rarely frequent said sites.
     
  7. Prunesquallor

    Prunesquallor New Member

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    pop ups

    If you add a google toolbar to your browser it has something that will disable most pop-ups.
     
  8. Nimea

    Nimea Leisure time optimizer

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    Or use Firefox as your browser. :) Surfing the net with it is so much better.
     
  9. Miriamele

    Miriamele Witch of the Woods

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    The latest Service Pack for Windows XP (downloaded from Microsoft) comes with a pop-up blocker that I find works better than Pop-up-Stopper, which is what I used before. Any pop-up blocker though should be able to stop sffworld's pop-ups, as they're not too bad. I've never had any problems visiting this site.

    People having lots of problems probably have gotten some adware on their computer that's acting up. I would recommend using Spybot to get rid of it. Adaware is good too, but IMO Spybot is the easier program to use. The first time I used Spybot on my computer it found so much crap I didn't know was there, I was shocked!
     
  10. daigoro

    daigoro I'm the law... Staff Member

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    I must admit that I dislike pop-ups just as much as any other person. Then again I do also see it from a different perspective.

    There are lots of pop-up blockers and also ad blockers which stop banner ads out there. So if you want to surf the net virtually without seeing any ads it's definitely possible. There is a big but though...

    If everyone starts using such software, websites who is providing content and communities free of charge will have to cover the costs in other ways. Which pretty much leaves three options, the first one being to make websites subscription based and charge a fee and drop the ads. Another option would be to show even more pop-ups and ads for those few that don't run such blockers and the last option simply being that a lot of websites would be forced to just close down.

    I definitely see this becoming a real problem in the not so distant future, then of course, maybe by then other options and revenue opportunities have emerged and it won't be a problem, but I'm not so sure it will...

    Well, just some thoughts about the bigger picture.
     
  11. Susan Boulton

    Susan Boulton Edited for submission

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    I know of a number of sites that have become fee paying over the past few years, others run on donations, others sell everything from "t" shirts to mugs to keep going...

    It's a choice, ads and blockers, or pay in some way... The net is changing
     
  12. Miriamele

    Miriamele Witch of the Woods

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    While we're on the topic of covering website costs, I'm curious Dag--do you get anything much from the links at the top of page to Amazon? I always try to follow that link when I'm ordering books but I often wonder if it's actually beneficial to you.
     
  13. Hobbit

    Hobbit Administrator Staff Member

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    I don't think you'll get a figure from Dag, Miriamele, but the site does get something from those links, and it does go towards paying the rent (but not totally). However, all contributions are gratefully received - so 'Thank You'. I also use them when I go to Amazon (which is very often! :D)

    Don't think it's enough for the yacht yet though, nor the 'staff-perks' (hint hint :D ).

    Hobbit
     
  14. daigoro

    daigoro I'm the law... Staff Member

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    Nope, no yacht, not even a small one. Well. I like it better up in the mountains anway :).

    The Amazon links definitely helps, but to say they're bringing in a lot would be to exaggerate. I got a check from Amazon.ca last week for $26 and that's probably for a whole year or even longer (can't really remember when I last got one from there). All in all I'd say that the various Amazon links pays for about 2 months worth of expenses.
     
  15. kater

    kater Filthy Assistants!

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    Can we contribute directly to the site? Like the free set-up sites that charge a small amount for banner-free page views, is there a link?
     
  16. daigoro

    daigoro I'm the law... Staff Member

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    Not at the moment no, but I have been considering putting some work into creating a feature where you could subscribe to get an ad free version of the site.

    Not sure if that many people would be interested in it to make it worth doing though, but it's there somewhere on the rather long todo list, just not at the top :).
     
  17. Sammie

    Sammie The Doctor...

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    I would be interested!

    I don't like ads, and I do like supporting sff. A winning combo, no? ;)
     
  18. Sammie

    Sammie The Doctor...

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    I was actually thinking of suggesting this. I think it might well be worth while...
     
  19. fortytwo

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    I hope this question is not out of place here, but do you have to have your cookies enabled ( I hope that's the correct terminology) to view and post on this site? Lately, using Firefox I can't log in at all and using IE I can log in but moving about the site my log in is forgotten again. For instance I've had to log in 7 times this visit.
     
  20. daigoro

    daigoro I'm the law... Staff Member

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    As with most Internet sites disabling cookies is a really bad idea. They help you stay logged in, gives you access to various other parts, even helps limit the number of popups that sffworld is showing you...

    Personally I must say that I've never really understood why anyone wants to turn of cookies. In my opinion the "propaganda" you hear against cookies is plain nonsense by people who don't really understand what they are talking about at all.