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Pop-ups attached to my friends site without authorization

And this is from a very reputable and prestigious cosmetic company

     
11:01 pm on Sep 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have never heard of this happening before, but a friend of mine who has a website for her make-up services said that a few weeks back, she brought up her site and a pop-up ad for a very reputable cosmetic company (I'm not going to name any names, but let's just say that a lot of celebs get endorsement deals with this company), and it was the first site that she had gone to when she opened her browser. I am not sure how many times this happened, but it no longer happens.

Thinking that this might be some sort of spyware, she had her friend in a different state pull up her site on their computer, and they got the same thing. She has not seen it since, but was wondering if this occurs often, as a well-known registrar asked her if she wanted to purchase software that would get rid of spyware for her site. They asked her this as she was registering a new domain. I'm not sure if it was software like ad-ware, that is actually for your computer, or if it was actually server-side software for a website.

Anyone hear of this soft of thing happening?

Of course another explanation would be that they both had the same spyware, but what are the chances of that? Also, if that were the case, why wouldn't they keep on seeing it?

3:02 pm on Sept 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Anyone hear of this soft of thing happening?

I'd tend to agree with you - it sounds like spyware.

Of course another explanation would be that they both had the same spyware, but what are the chances of that? Also, if that were the case, why wouldn't they keep on seeing it?

Yes, it's very possible that two people have the same spyware. I imagine that is the reason that utilities like AdAware exist. Some spyware is very widely circulated (Gator comes to mind).

As far as the advertisment no longer appearing, perhaps the major cosmetic company stopped paying or discontinued their service with the spyware company? I would only be guessing at this point, but maybe the cosmetic company saw the error of their ways.

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OK. Thanks for the thoughts. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

But have you heard of software protecting a website from spyware on the server side? I'm not exactly sure what they were trying to sell her when she was registering for her domain since Ad-aware and others are free programs. However, I suppose there are programs of that type that charge a fee. Not sure how much money they would make, though, seeing Ad-aware and some other free programs of that type are so widely used.

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But have you heard of software protecting a website from spyware on the server side?

No, I haven't. But some people will also try to sell you a bridge...

Buyer beware. Spyware blocker isn't something that can be implemented on the server side. If it sounds strange, it usually is.

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I found this when I installed the searchhippo toolbar.

Except, worse than that, on a 404 error received it takes you off to a porn site.

Google and Alexa toolbars seem ok, but I would be wary of searchhippo and others.....

TJ

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Don't think they had any toolbar installed.
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the searchhippo toolbar does *not* throw up popups. it does record the sites you are going to (which is clearly stated in the documentation at the download page), and affects site rankings (somewhat like the alexa and google one do).
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>They asked her this as she was registering a new domain. I'm not sure if it was software like ad-ware

Yes, forget that.

>toolbar

It doesn't have to be a toolbar. I'm betting it's Gator. She's run spybotS&D and adaware?

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She's run spybotS&D and adaware?

Not yet. As I stated earlier, she hasn't seen the pop-up since. Really weird. I'm actually going to be upgrading her computer soon, so I'll take care of it then. I just wondered if there were a technology that allowed a company to attach a pop-up ad to a website that was not theirs.

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No, I haven't. But some people will also try to sell you a bridge...

What's a bridge?

Spyware blocker isn't something that can be implemented on the server side.

That's what I figured.