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Windows 7: Goodbye, Failblog.

14 Jan 2014   #11

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Note   Note
The below post represents my personal and subjective opinion and should be taken only as such. I do not represent other users or sites and I am speaking only on behalf of myself.

Dear Failblog team at

I have enjoyed your site, especially the Failbook and There I Fixed It sections. Honestly, your site has given me a lot of laughs.

Today was my last visit. I will block all your sites from my household computers, I do not want anyone to visit you anymore from my computers. Of course I understand that my decision most probably goes unnoticed, for you have made it quite clear that I as a user and my opinion are totally meaningless for you.

Of course I also understand it's your site and you alone decide what to do with it; You need to earn a buck and doing it legally, morally and ethically right would not give as big revenues as what you can make now. You have decided to accept the ads and money from various gangs who are doing their best to lure inexperienced users to download and install different malware on their computers, I as a user must accept that and decide if I want to be a part of that or not. I decided not.

If you are interested why I made this decision today, here's the story about my efforts in trying to surf your site an hour or so ago:

First I checked the There I Fixed It section. About 10 seconds after the page opened, I got this small pop-up telling my Flash Player is outdated. Of course I knew this to be BS and clicked the Close button (red X, top right) because the pop-up only has an OK button.

I was immediately taken (same There I Fixed It tab, not a new tab) to a false page made to look and feel like real Adobe page. An automatic download was there to wait me to accept and install:
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Of course I know this false Adobe site is only a criminal attempt to install unwanted malware on my computer but quite a many users might take this as real. In any case, I just clicked Back button to go back to There I Fixed It, but it was useless; whatever Failblog page I opened, I was transferred to that false Adobe site again after 10 seconds. Decided to stay on your site and for once really check how you rotate the ads and how long these ads stay there trying to infect my PC; it continued for about 15 minutes, then suddenly I could read the site, browser stayed on the page I had chosen instead of transferring me to falsified Adobe page to get the malware.

But, you being Failblog, it didn't of course mean I could now surf your site as I'd like to. No, of course not. Now your scheduled ad rotating started with these video ads which you can't mute. Some of the videos have the overlay text AUDIO OFF to lure the user to click the ad. You simply cannot mute these ads. The worst is, there's two of these video ads on one page and it's quite confusing when the audio of both ads mixes together:
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Finally after half an hour I had peace; I could surf your site about 5 minutes almost undisturbed. But then, it started again:
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This time it's about another media player "needed for this content". A pure lie, as both you and me know, simply a paid ad from malware producers who give you the money to get as many computers contaminated as possible.

So, this was it. I have enjoyed your site but I think my IQ might be just a bit above what you'd like your readers to have to get revenues rolling in to accept this kind of unmoral and unethical advertising anymore.

Yours, very sincere

I agree with you, Kari. You should block that site. In fact, you should probably block any website that has these bad ads. The ad industry has gone too far. There are ads that young people shouldn't be seeing, as well as a bunch of fake ads (fake download buttons anyone?) which will lead to a bunch of useless (or harmful) junk being installed onto computers. Also, ads before videos are annoying and video ads on the side of a page that have audio enabled automatically are annoying, especially when you have several tabs open and you have to find which tab has the audible ad.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2014   #12

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit

I agree windude.
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15 Jan 2014   #13

Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

Failblog... Why did this happen to you . I had accessed this site with google chrome and I didn't get the same thing though.
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15 Jan 2014   #14

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aritra2116 View Post
Failblog... Why did this happen to you . I had accessed this site with google chrome and I didn't get the same thing though.
Advertising is locally targeted. I'm living in Germany, I get different ads.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2014   #15

7 x64 | 7 x64

I agree with the OP & what actions were taken. Who doesn't like a cool fail pic now and then, basement cat etc. But sometimes the source becomes an obnoxious intrusion then you put your foot down. Kind of like Microsoft's new advertising platform, I mean os.
Someone baffled me with a question relating to ads on the internet the other day. I run my clubs website and contact e-newsletter. Since it's membership based the host is paid for. Site gets avg 30,000 hits a month. No ads, no banners, no popups. So someone asks me why they don't get any ads on the site. I was floored.
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