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Subject: loud obnoxious ads on the site?
Date Posted: 8/2/2014 4:11 AM ET
Member Since: 7/29/2014
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I have a pop up blocker but The pop up ads on paperback swap are insane. I am not experiencing this on any other web sites today, and I'm fairly new to PBS, so it seems to be a PBS situation. Do other members experience this, or is it just me?

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Date Posted: 8/2/2014 4:55 AM ET
Member Since: 2/20/2010
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I can't remember having ever experienced a "pop-up" ad on PBS.

It would seem that you have some kind of Trojan virus on your computer. Are you running any kind of security other than a pop-up blocker?

Date Posted: 8/2/2014 6:22 AM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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It sounds like malware to me.  PBS doesn't have pop-up ads. 

Here are some previous threads on similar issues:




Date Posted: 8/2/2014 10:19 AM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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I just asked about this a few days ago when individual words in posts and PBS headlines started showing up in green font with double underlines......if you hovered over one of those an ad would pop up, sometimes with very loud audio.  But it is ONLY happening on PBS on my daughter's laptop, not any of our other computers so that proves it's malware on the computer, not the site.

Date Posted: 8/2/2014 5:52 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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PBS has no ads yes

Date Posted: 8/3/2014 12:16 AM ET
Member Since: 12/10/2009
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No ads  and no sound for me on any PBS page.


Date Posted: 8/3/2014 4:33 AM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2007
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PBS does not have pop-up ads.

You can try running Malwarebytes on your computer to see if you have adware or other malicious software on your computer. Here is a link to another recent forum discussion regarding malware, Weird green font in posts.

I am sorry that you are getting unwanted pop-ups,  but I am also confident that this is not a PBS problem,