I have noticed something unusual for the past two weeks. Every time I access VideoHelp's page for any program in the Software and downloads section and click on "Visit developer's site" or download via a direct link, and click on the tab for VideoHelp's page for the software again, within 30 seconds, a popup ad with the following message appears ovelaying the VideoHelp page for the software:
Update Windows Drivers
Download the DriverUpdate Utility to scan
and identify out-of-date and missing Windows Drivers
ad by driverupdate.net
Both Chrome and Firefox are affected. At first I thought I had accidentally installed malware, but scans find nothing. I decided to check if this happens inside a virtual machine, or when I'm using my HTPC or my mothers laptop, and it does. What is going on? This ad doen't seem like something VideoHelp would want to present to its members
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This is not a banner ad, and the subject of the ad never changes. I never see it under circumstances other than those described. Sometimes it claims to be sponsored advertising. However, the software being advertised has such a dubious reputation that it doesn't seem like a company Baldrick would want as a sponsor.
Last edited by usually_quiet; 25th Jun 2016 at 12:19. Reason: grammar
Some sites only get revenue, or get additional revenue, if you visit the site the Ad directs you to. So make sure you keep clicking on this sites Ads
Personally, Adblock Plus all the way.
I haven't seen any pop-up/overlay ads anywhere at VideoHelp other than in the software section and they don't appear there unless I use a link on the page. So far I have not seen popups appear showing anything other than ads for the driver update software either. The standard VideoHelp banner ads might be for almost anything, including political organizations.
Last edited by usually_quiet; 26th Jun 2016 at 13:19. Reason: typo
Seems my ad might be different from yours
I've had Adblock Plus disabled on Videohelp for weeks if not months but don't see any popups only the ads in the placeholders. Nothing like what you guys show. This browsing PC is on XP Sp3 and I'm still running Firefox 39 and have popups blocked under Tools/Options/Content so maybe that has an effect.
OK Scrub what I said. I did what usually_quiet said and finally saw one. I went to tools and clicked on the codec pack one. I then chose the site links home page. When I left that site to come back this popup came up
I tried another site same thing.... Chose Emby Server and clicked the link to their site and it opened in a new tab. There was no popup until I closed their page/tab then this is what popped up
Something else happened too after I came back to the VH tab. In the placeholder at the top of VH page there was an ad that seems targeted. It's an auto company I researched recently. Coincidence? Not sure!
I may have to rethink using the popup blocker unless there is another solution
Last edited by gll99; 25th Jun 2016 at 23:26.There's not much to do but then I can't do much anyway.
I agree. This is the problem with internet ads in general. They're designed to take advantage of novice users. I would say quite a high proportion
are deceptive/malicious and should be avoided at all costs.