| 3:11 am on Oct 6, 2013 (gmt 0)|
You want them? I blocked 'em all. You can't request any particular ads obviously, but just make sure you don't have them blocked as a category or anything like that.
| 3:25 am on Oct 6, 2013 (gmt 0)|
They're actually showing up now as I wrote this. Not sure if they'll "stick", because I'm still seeing non-download related ads, but at least I saw a few. *whew*
| 5:05 pm on Oct 6, 2013 (gmt 0)|
You can have mine. They are a very misleading ad not sure why G allows them.
| 6:09 pm on Oct 6, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Wow, agreed. Those are a disease to me. I'm not exaggerating.
| 9:12 pm on Oct 6, 2013 (gmt 0)|
I consider them to be a total menace - all too often they blend in with what you really want to download - clicking by accident isn't too hard at all.
| 9:05 am on Oct 7, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Those ads are a plague, but are "respecting" google adwords policy.
There are 2 types of Download Buttons:
Everyday new adwords account are created just for this!
All the domains are new and they serve programs bundled with adware (toolbars and others):
If you access the domain directly (no custom adsense URL), will not work or will serve the program without toolbars!
The paradox is that even some "free" AV have this types of bundle, so Adware is NOT marked as a potential problem.
Let's not talk about download.com and softonic.com "downloaders", that are really "legal viruses".
They install unwanted programs, change DNS, Homepage, Default search Engine etc".
The click rate is HUGE, but for an install on a US computer, the payment is about 1$, so it's a very lucrative business.
So... they pay a lot for those fake download buttons to be everywhere... =>
Google is happy! $$$
[edited by: martinibuster at 3:09 pm (utc) on Oct 7, 2013]
[edit reason] Removed references to specific advertisers. [/edit]