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Old 01-24-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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Exclamation Answered: Bogus download ad - safe?

If you see an ad that concerns you: please make note of the date & time (please include your time zone), the location of the ad (top banner, bottom, or on the side), and the name of the company (the website address is best). That is the best way for us to take a look at the ads.


I got this today at 4:45pm in the GE - it was on the left side under "Sponsors". It did not have the actual company name or website address, which concerns me. This same thing popped up on me yesterday telling me I was out of date. I think it is suspicious!

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Thank you. Please just send a PM to a staff member in the future.
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: Bogus download ad - safe?

What browser do you currently use? The sad face thing is used on google chrome, it's like their "mascot".
I wouldn't feel safe with that ad; so if I were you, I wouldn't click on it. Go straight to the adobe website if you want an update.
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:56 PM   #3
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Default Re: Bogus download ad - safe?

Thanks PinkEllie - I use Firefox, actually! I will not click on it, but wanted to bring it to WI's attention so that hopefully others won't!

NOPE - I use IE for WI and things other than Webkinz World - SORRY!

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Old 01-24-2012, 04:58 PM   #4
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Yikes, so that proves it's not safe since you're on Firefox.
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:05 PM   #5
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Exclamation Re: Bogus download ad - safe?

Good point!
Here is another ad I am seeing right now - inappropriate! I will leave it as a thumbnail instead of also enlarging it. It was at 4:47 - no company listed - looks like facebook, but I doubt it is!

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Yikes, so that proves it's not safe since you're on Firefox.
Oops! I was wrong! I use IE for this and FF for WW...sorry!!!
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:06 PM   #6
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WOW Thanks for the heads up! D: I use Fire fox too.....
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:15 PM   #7
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WOW Thanks for the heads up! D: I use Fire fox too.....
I actually use IE for WI - sorry I was wrong earlier!
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:20 PM   #8
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Default Re: Bogus download ad - safe?

I never click on any advert on any website whether appropriate or not. I know these are revenue for such sites like WI but a lot of spyware and viruses come from them.

Problem comes when kids are on here as they are click happy which is why my kids never use my computer and have their own which I have to wipe often!
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:21 PM   #9
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Flash Player updates frequently.
So go to Adobe.com, don't just ignore the ad
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:24 PM   #10
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View Post Originally Posted by danzkinz
I never click on any advert on any website whether appropriate or not. I know these are revenue for such sites like WI but a lot of spyware and viruses come from them.

Problem comes when kids are on here as they are click happy which is why my kids never use my computer and have their own which I have to wipe often!
One of our kids clicked "something" in our old laptop - it was actually Norton anti-virus - that we had not downloaded. It locked up the whole laptop and it is dead now! (Husband is a computer engineer)

I am just wondering if WI knows about these ads or if they are being "attacked" somehow??
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