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Old 07-26-2016, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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Has anyone else clicked on a video that comes up with Ellen crying and talking about some event (?) ? I did, by mistake and, Norton popped up and said they had blocked malicious software from it. The ad/video comes on repeatedly when I am reading articles on the video section at Fox News. In the corner, it says "Ad".

Just curious and I know there will probably be comments about reading on Fox News.......<s>
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Old 07-26-2016, 10:18 AM
 
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Hey Annie, I have never seen that particular video, but I use Firefox with the add-ons NoScript and AdBlock Plus. Browsing the web is so much nicer now as I hardly ever see any ads ever (they aren't blocked in programs like Skype, unfortunately). Even the video ads people have to endure watching YouTube are gone! Love it. I probably sound like an ad myself now :/ Anyway, worth a try if you're willing. I've used FF & its add-ons for over a decade now and never looked back
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Old 07-26-2016, 10:21 AM
 
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Has anyone else clicked on a video that comes up with Ellen crying and talking about some event (?) ? I did, by mistake and, Norton popped up and said they had blocked malicious software from it. The ad/video comes on repeatedly when I am reading articles on the video section at Fox News. In the corner, it says "Ad".

Just curious and I know there will probably be comments about reading on Fox News.......<s>
Those ads are all over the Internet and I've encountered them on various news, tech, and even sports sites. I've never clicked on them because at best they're click-bait. At worst, as you say, they're malicious. Similar other ads are:

a) An ad with a policeman arresting a woman with the heading saying something like "New laws in effect for [then it fills in your location]!!!"

b) "Shocking medical discovery for something!" and it's accompanied by a picture that's intended to either cause disgust or curiosity. The one I see most often is something that's cut in cross-section and shows a honey-combed thing that has worm-like projections. It's generally something that's actually very normal or innocuous, but people are drawn to find out what it is.

c) Ads about mortgage drops where it says "new law passed by Obama!!" (during Bush's presidency, they'd equal-opportunity say "new law passed by Bush!!"). Or they'll have some weird computer figure doing a weird dance.

I'm not even sure if those ads are sponsored by the websites, if that's your question. It's not Fox (or anyone) selling directly to the scammers. Often they're areas that are filled by Google Ads or whomever.
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Old 07-26-2016, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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Thx for all the information. I thought maybe I was the only one who had ever clicked on one. It was somewhat accidental that I ended up with the Ellen ad. Those kinds of things scare me to death. Thank God for Nortons.


Also, thx for the info on FF. I am kind of computer challenged but I do use Explorer and Google (not Chrome). I guess that is possible.
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Old 07-26-2016, 10:48 AM
 
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I don't click on those "baiting" ads either, no matter how enticing they sound. I've got Adblock Plus. It prevents many popups from popping up. I'm also using Firefox as my browser.

I've also got Norton that has warned me about certain sites that come up during a Google search -- seemingly innocent sites that Norton says may be dangerous. Norton gives me the option to continue or back out. I always back out. You can't be too careful these days.
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I've seen them and no, I don't click on them. They do it for a lot of celebrities and sometimes it's titled...so and so is gone.
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:11 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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Those ads are all over the Internet and I've encountered them on various news, tech, and even sports sites. I've never clicked on them because at best they're click-bait. At worst, as you say, they're malicious. Similar other ads are:

a) An ad with a policeman arresting a woman with the heading saying something like "New laws in effect for [then it fills in your location]!!!"

b) "Shocking medical discovery for something!" and it's accompanied by a picture that's intended to either cause disgust or curiosity. The one I see most often is something that's cut in cross-section and shows a honey-combed thing that has worm-like projections. It's generally something that's actually very normal or innocuous, but people are drawn to find out what it is.

c) Ads about mortgage drops where it says "new law passed by Obama!!" (during Bush's presidency, they'd equal-opportunity say "new law passed by Bush!!"). Or they'll have some weird computer figure doing a weird dance.

I'm not even sure if those ads are sponsored by the websites, if that's your question. It's not Fox (or anyone) selling directly to the scammers. Often they're areas that are filled by Google Ads or whomever.
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(d) see what celebrity died and no one noticed

(e) see what child star has not aged well or see what drugs have done to this or that celebrity.....
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Old 07-26-2016, 06:48 PM
 
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AnnieA, I've seen that ad also. Never clicked it on.

And Marshmallow Skies, thanks for the tip abt Firefox and the ad blocker.
I've just hooked up my new computer and ads are popping up everywhere.
I need to get dialed in w/a reliable browser and some ad protection.

Where did you find the NoScript? I've never heard of it.
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Old 07-27-2016, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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Has anyone else clicked on a video that comes up with Ellen crying and talking about some event (?) ? I did, by mistake and, Norton popped up and said they had blocked malicious software from it. The ad/video comes on repeatedly when I am reading articles on the video section at Fox News. In the corner, it says "Ad".

Just curious and I know there will probably be comments about reading on Fox News.......<s>


Oh, give me a very large break.

That ad, and the one with the picture of a wizened Donatella Versace, and the See why this returning soldier's jaw dropped when he saw his wife ad, appear all over the net. I can't tell you the last time I accessed a Fox news article, yet I just saw one of these yesterday.

You need to get out more--that applies to where you "surf," too.
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Old 07-27-2016, 02:16 PM
 
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The crying Ellen click bait has been around for years. And no, I don't click them.
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