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Are you getting redirected off of TF?


I'm growing CPs in the Desert of Tucson, Az
Hello! I had one person PM me last night to say they were getting redirected off of TF sometimes when clicking the forum l links to the right of the chatbox. Then this morning I see someone in the chatbox reference that sometimes they get redirected off of the forum. In the last month or so there has been 2 security patches released, including one on Thursday I believe... It's possible something has gotten in before those patches were released but nothing is affecting me, nothing has triggered tools I have installed on the forum to email me when something like this is detected and I have not heard about it except for these 2 cases. So, I'm just trying to figure out if there is an issue here on TF and I need to look harder, or if these people are experiencing individual problems. So if you're having strange things happen here, please let me know what it is, what you do to trigger it, and what OS and browser you are using.
Now that you say it, I think every time it happened to me was from clicking the links by the chat box as well.

EDIT: Oh and I'm running Windows 7, dont think I told you that in chat.
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Ironically, I was just redirected when I clicked this link (from box on right). Here's where I was redirected 1st time & here 2nd time & on (this redirect is most common - something about Ellen DeGeneres)

- Firefox w/ 1 TF tab open / Ver 34.0.5 (most recent version)
- Win 7 Pro 64 bit
- Had to use Google Chrome to post this
- Have not had issue posting / viewing on other forums (even by same forum company)
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It's an ad redirect that doesn't necessarily require any clicking, I've had it on other forums though not here yet. Seems to be happening on many other English-language forum sites as well, this Google thread may give admins some guidance on how to quash it: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/adsense/szfNNkPrkLI
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That's definitely the redirect that targets me. Interesting that I'm most impacted (evidently) & that it is not consistent.

I think it's somewhat browser-dependent, and likely targets some users more than others depending on browsing history and consequent ad mix Google Adsense throws their way. A lot of people also use ad blockers, which if working properly should eliminate most uninvited redirects. I use Adblock for Chrome, usually turned off for forums that rely on ad revenue to cover hosting costs, currently on at full strength everywhere until Google fixes this problem...
Has happened to me once or twice as well, I got redirected to something about Ellen Degenerous.
Im on 10.9.5 OSX Mavericks.
gnathaniel thanks so much for the link! I had no idea it could be withing the advertising itself. :( I have applied the blocks suggested on that page and that's supposed to help. Give it a few mins for the blocks to take effect and if you notice any more please put the URL it is directing you to here and I will add it to the block system.
Thanks so much all for your help and understanding!
Glad to be of some small assistance! Thanks for working to address the issue, I'll turn off my Adblock and report back if anything crops up.
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I get this redirect once in a while. I think it is actually photobucket that is the culprit. If I click on a link the the chatbox to an image in photobucket when I navigate back to terraforums I get a popup ad for free lotto casino.

Although the browser address bar still says it is on photobucket information about the popup shows the urls below:

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They usually target you with cookies as well. Might try an clear your browsers history and make sure it removes all the stored cookies.


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