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Sat, Feb 23, 2013 12:01 PM

Pornographic advertising on the side of the page

I recently viewed movie lists on IMDb, only to be confronted with adverts for porn websites. Normally I wouldn't pay any mind to this kind of thing, however it was full on trailers with pretty graphic material.
Not sure if this is the right place to bring it up, couldn't find another way of contacting the admin of the site.
I was just wondering if there was anything could be done about this, as I'm sure a number of people won't want to view this kinda thing whenever they log on. I know i certainly dont!

Thanks

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Champion

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8 y ago

Hi. You might want to run your malware/adware removal detection program (if you don't have any there are free ones out there if you google it). Since IMDb doesn't allow such things, I doubt it's been put there by IMDb. You may have have picked up by downloading something or by visiting a site where you clicked something that picks it up without you knowing.

Good luck. Some of those are difficult to remove.

Champion

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8 y ago

Yep.

Best bet is to download something like Malwarebytes (which seems to pick up most problems) and restart your computer in safe mode, then run it.

Champion

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8 y ago

In fact this happens often enough it'd be worth an FAQ.

Employee

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8 y ago

Just to confirm what has already been said: we do not allow adult ads on the site, so when this happens it's almost certainly due to malware installed in the user's browser -- see my response to another user who reported a similar problem here (warning: that topic shows a NSFW/objectionable ad image).

Typically, this kind of malware simply redirects traffic from known/legitimate ad networks to a different server. So when a page on a website for example, includes a link to an ad from, say, www.legitimateadcompany.com/nicead.jpg, the malware intercepts and redirects this traffic to www.someothersleazyadprovider.com/off... and you see different content/ads on the page.

You should definitely scan your computer with a good malware/spyare tool.