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Title: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: jezza on April 28, 2018, 21:15
hello I have just had a pop up on my computer saying that I am the 100.000.000 visitor to this site and can claim an Apple device clicked  on the pop up it asked for my email address then wanted to ac cess my phone contacts is this an administrators joke  if its a scam its not funny I get sick of being offered phones I pads and the like I have had my bank account hacked because of these stupid pop ups   jezza
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: snowdrops on April 28, 2018, 21:42
Yep Iíve got that on mine too but I never,never, ever click on any of those, maybe you need to avoid them too
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: Aunt Sally on April 28, 2018, 22:05
I don't think it's anything to do with this site. Don't click on it!

I'll get John to check it out.
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: Plot 1 Problems on April 28, 2018, 23:00
This is why I use Firefox, Ad Block, Ghostery and No script. You don't get any of that dodgy stuff then!
I don't feel guilty either as I've supported John by buying nearly all his books (twice in the case of Vegetable Growing Month by Month as it made a great birthday present for a friend :)
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: John on April 28, 2018, 23:23
Whatever that pop-up was it was nothing to do with me - our server is clean too.
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: snowdrops on April 29, 2018, 08:03
Whatever that pop-up was it was nothing to do with me - our server is clean too.

Itís still on mine today
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: John on April 29, 2018, 09:13
Your computers are infected with malware.
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: snowdrops on April 29, 2018, 10:47
Hmm, Iím on my iPad & that normally clears everything
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: Plot 1 Problems on April 29, 2018, 11:19
John, is it possible it's something on the advertiser's end of things? My ad-blocking plugin is showing that their are between 5 to 7 ads currently being blocked.
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: John on April 29, 2018, 11:38
Curious - there are currently 2 adverts on the page. One above and one below the topics. One drawback with adblockers is that they stop adverts resulting from malware so your system could be infected and you don't actually see any reason.
Adverts are served by Google - don't see them being hacked :)
Of course, I could ask my tech support chap to run a full server sweep and so forth to confirm our end is clean. It's a pretty secure system and I'd bet it is - that's part of what I pay for.  Probably only take him a couple of hours at £40.00 an hour.
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: Plot 1 Problems on April 29, 2018, 12:45
Definitely no malware on my end, I'm one of those saddo types that has his computer super locked up ;)
Ad block is blocking 2 ads here plus tracking via social media buttons which will account for the extras.
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: snowdrops on April 29, 2018, 12:55
Anybody know how I can check bearing in mins as said before I use my iPad, needs to be in words of one syllable lol
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: New shoot on April 29, 2018, 13:23
Anybody know how I can check bearing in mins as said before I use my iPad, needs to be in words of one syllable lol

Go to Settings and Safari and scroll down to check you have the Block Pop-ups bit on.  You might need to close Safari down and restart for this to work.

If that fails,  clear your history, which is also an option you can get to via Settings and Safari.  Again, you might need to close and restart Safari.

Double click the Safari icon to close it.

Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: Offwego on April 29, 2018, 15:31
I too had the same advert but I work on the premise if it sounds too good to be true it usually is and didn't click on the link!
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: jezza on April 29, 2018, 16:46
it's still there at top and bottom of page says c priizeworld in bottom right corner  jezza
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: New shoot on April 29, 2018, 17:37
it's still there at top and bottom of page says c priizeworld in bottom right corner  jezza

John has explained about the Google ads, but these type pop-ups usually get onto your computer via your internet browser and there isn't anything he can do his end to make them go away.

Have you got any anti-virus software on your computer?  If so I would run a scan and maybe a clean as well if that is an option.  If you are using Windows software you can also go to the Control Panel, choose the Network & Internet option and clear your browsing history and cookies via that.
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: John on April 30, 2018, 11:40
Right, we've run a full scan on our server and checked the code we output. We're clean.
Most likely cause is malware on the user's system. Incidentally, I've twice had adverts on Facebook that link to a page that attempts to insert malware onto my computer.

 However, there have been some cases of adverts on the Google system serving similar scam pop ups (in the USA). The way it works is the scammers have a legitimate advert which Google serve and once approved and running they alter the code in some way to serve the pop-up (totally contrary to the T&Cs). This seems to be related to a vulnerability in Google's system that mainly affects Safari browsers.  I expect Google will resolve this very soon. Google adverts are often linked to the visitor - that's why the same adverts follow you around.

Anyway, to recap:

It's nothing I'm doing  and totally outside of my control
It's most often linked to malware on the visitor's system
It's possibly a rogue advert on Google's system that they are working on preventing from functioning.




 
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: Plot 1 Problems on April 30, 2018, 16:08
Semi-related, go to google.com/takeout and download every piece of data google has on you. It can be quite an eye opener!
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: John on April 30, 2018, 18:50
Semi-related, go to google.com/takeout and download every piece of data google has on you. It can be quite an eye opener!
I invented a clock!!! I didn't know that.

Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: Plot 1 Problems on April 30, 2018, 22:16
Easy to forget things as the years go by ;)
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: JayG on May 02, 2018, 12:12
This extremely irritating ad doesn't appear when using IE11, but is there at both top and bottom of the forum page when using Chrome, which I recently decided to use as my default browser.  ::)

Thought I'd summarise the things I've tried to get rid of this ad, which seems to originate from a website called aldaniti.net, which has an extremely poor rating to say the least:

Ran Malwarebytes (free)  - nothing found
Ran Adwcleaner (free) - found several 'PUPS' which I deleted, although none of them seemed to relate to aldaniti.
Ran Hitmanpro (free trial) - found 3 tracking cookies which I deleted.

Nope!  :mad:

Went into Chrome's settings>advanced>reset settings to disable browser extensions and delete all cookies.

Success!  :D

This sort of stuff is way outside my comfort/knowledge zone so I can't guarantee it will work for anyone else, although the scanners mentioned all have good reputations and it's extremely unlikely you will suffer anything more than the inconvenience of having to manually log back into any site (including this one) which uses cookies to store your login details.
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: John on May 02, 2018, 12:43
That's really interesting - I use Firefox & Chrome mainly. Went onto Ebay using Chrome (Chrome for the personal account, Firefox for the business) and the entire browser window was taken over by some "BT Customer, You have won a Samsung.."
Closed down the browser and all programs then ran a full scan with AVG (Clean) and then the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool - https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx
4 hours later that told me I was clean.
So it does seem some sort of interaction involving Chrome is involved.
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: JayG on May 02, 2018, 14:04
Don't remember 'interesting' being amongst the descriptions I was coming up with during the many hours I spent trying to get to the bottom of this!  :lol:

This and many similar ads seems to have been around for several years, and there are several articles 'out there' about how to deal with aldaniti.net, nearly all of them multi-stage, the last of which as often as not is manual editing of the Windows registry!  :ohmy:  :ohmy:  :ohmy:
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: jezza on May 02, 2018, 19:41
  I haven't got chrome it wont download on my computer i have Microsoft edge (if that means anything ) then something called Bing  I have just removed avg   jezza
Title: Re: pop ups on allotment org
Post by: John on May 02, 2018, 20:09
  I haven't got chrome it wont download on my computer i have Microsoft edge (if that means anything ) then something called Bing  I have just removed avg   jezza
You do know that AVG is a program that protects you from computer viruses? If you don't like AVG there are many others but you do need one on your system.
Bing is a web site operated by Microsoft - you've probably set it as your browser home page.