Jump to content



Photo

Fake Microsoft Security Essentials popup on Neowin


  • Please log in to reply
27 replies to this topic

#16 JJ_

JJ_

    Neowinian

  • 759 posts
  • Joined: 31-July 05

Posted 14 July 2013 - 01:56

It's a good job I have AB+ with ALL ads disabled. This proves even 'safe' sites are vulnerable, even although Neowin has no direct control over which ads get displayed or not.




#17 illegaloperation

illegaloperation

    Neowinian Senior

  • 1,797 posts
  • Joined: 24-October 09

Posted 14 July 2013 - 02:27

Yup. I've just seen it.



#18 OP Steven P.

Steven P.

    aka Neobond

  • 30,969 posts
  • Joined: 09-July 01
  • Location: Neowin HQ

Posted 14 July 2013 - 08:02

I've removed the top ad completely now on main and forums until I get support for this.



#19 articuno1au

articuno1au

    Neowinian Senior

  • 4,488 posts
  • Joined: 20-March 11
  • Location: Brisbane, Australia

Posted 14 July 2013 - 08:10

24 hours on the dot.

 

Good call on taking to down though..

 

EDIT::
Best part is this, you could have pulled down the ad (still can) and posted on the front page explaining what was going on with something along the following lines: "And if you like the way Neowin looks ad-free, consider purchasing a subscription. In the meantime, we'll keep the ads locked up to keep you safe".

 

Karma + Infinity



#20 OP Steven P.

Steven P.

    aka Neobond

  • 30,969 posts
  • Joined: 09-July 01
  • Location: Neowin HQ

Posted 14 July 2013 - 08:15

24 hours on the dot.

 

Good call on taking to down though..

 

EDIT::
Best part is this, you could have pulled down the ad (still can) and posted on the front page explaining what was going on with something along the following lines: "And if you like the way Neowin looks ad-free, consider purchasing a subscription. In the meantime, we'll keep the ads locked up to keep you safe".

 

Karma + Infinity

I see what you're saying but usually my ad provider has a very quick turnaround for issues like these, so I don't think it's a good idea to scaremonger on the front page for what could be a limited amount of people affected.

 

If the intention was to harm on Neowin then I doubt the advertiser paid a lot of money for ad views. The publicity it would create by posting on main gets the required intent doesn't it?

 

I prefer a takedown rather than publicizing the fact even more.



#21 articuno1au

articuno1au

    Neowinian Senior

  • 4,488 posts
  • Joined: 20-March 11
  • Location: Brisbane, Australia

Posted 14 July 2013 - 08:20

Eh, not suggesting you post something like "ZOMG VIRUS", but rather: "We've had some issues with our ads, so in the meantime, we've taken them down. If you like the look of our site without ads" blah blah.

 

Don't even need to tell people why they've been taken down. The people with two braincells will piece it together >.<

 

Either way, (obviously) entirely your call. Just how I'd have approached it. Also, I do agree you guys normally get good turn around times from the ad guys, so made your position pretty difficult >.<

 

I just can't believe how poor the checking on the ad service is O.o



#22 +Vykranth

Vykranth

    Chantez, compagnons, dans la nuit la Liberté nous écoute

  • 3,247 posts
  • Joined: 02-September 04
  • Location: Nancy, France
  • OS: Windows 7 x64

Posted 14 July 2013 - 08:23

It pains to say it but I would have probably fallen for the deception. That things looks genuine.

 

It is really a shame that sites like Neowin are at the mercy of rogue advertisers that want to put crap/malware on people computers ...



#23 OP Steven P.

Steven P.

    aka Neobond

  • 30,969 posts
  • Joined: 09-July 01
  • Location: Neowin HQ

Posted 14 July 2013 - 08:33

It pains to say it but I would have probably fallen for the deception. That things looks genuine.

 

It is really a shame that sites like Neowin are at the mercy of rogue advertisers that want to put crap/malware on people computers ...

Just want to point out that it isn't the advertiser, if someone pays to display ads on Neowin then they will be accepted if they aren't on a known blacklist.

 

I'm going to guess that this ad is probably not a company, but a single person who paid money to display a rogue ad on Neowin just like I could on another site if I wanted to.

 

BTW I did post something on @NeowinFeed yesterday about it. I just don't feel that this is main page worthy. It draws unnecessary attention to it, which is what the person wants.



#24 Hum

Hum

    totally wAcKed

  • 62,917 posts
  • Joined: 05-October 03
  • Location: Odder Space
  • OS: Windows XP, 7

Posted 14 July 2013 - 16:53

Why didn't all members see this ad ?  I didn't.

 

No ad blockers.

 

Latest Firefox & MSE running.



#25 bankajac

bankajac

    Neowinian

  • 873 posts
  • Joined: 22-September 03
  • Location: Las Vegas
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Phone: Nokia Lumia 925

Posted 14 July 2013 - 17:13

I just got the fake essentials popup this morning of the 14th.  Please fix.



#26 Azies

Azies

    Neowinian Senior

  • 1,870 posts
  • Joined: 19-January 10

Posted 14 July 2013 - 17:26

This, is why I use adblock, just saying folks.



#27 +Vykranth

Vykranth

    Chantez, compagnons, dans la nuit la Liberté nous écoute

  • 3,247 posts
  • Joined: 02-September 04
  • Location: Nancy, France
  • OS: Windows 7 x64

Posted 14 July 2013 - 17:30

Just want to point out that it isn't the advertiser, if someone pays to display ads on Neowin then they will be accepted if they aren't on a known blacklist.

 

I'm going to guess that this ad is probably not a company, but a single person who paid money to display a rogue ad on Neowin just like I could on another site if I wanted to.

 

Certainly but, from my point of view, as a basic member, I get an ad which tries to install malware. Whether it is a company or an individual is not relevant, they managed to pass whatever screening process the ad company had and they gain a window of opportunity to spread their filth.

Ultimately and this is the part that saddens me, the site that suffers from that would be Neowin



#28 Marshall

Marshall

    ▇ ▂ ▃ ▁ ▁ ▅

  • 12,693 posts
  • Joined: 22-June 03
  • Location: USA

Posted 14 July 2013 - 23:41

The advert that I reported before is still present:

 

ysAWCTY.png

 

Which comes back with this, via Eset...

 

fdMUuCBl.png

 

Perhaps a false positive, but the advert is formatted wrong anyways. You cannot even see the dark text on the dark background.