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12/05/2003
Entry: "Interesting information I think..."

For the last month or so I had noticed that whenever I accessed my site and the sites of a few of my on-line friends that I would immediately get a series of advertising pop-ups and pop-unders. For the longest time I had just chalked all of it up to the usual internet advertising pop-up hell that I wade through on a daily basis and at first didn’t pay it much mind. But as time went on and I got to thinking…hey, this is MY personal website and I didn’t authorize or sign-up for any kind of advertising program with my webhost, since I PAID for my domain name and the whole nine…After many frantic days of sending emails, telephone calls etc...trying to find out how and why I was getting these pop-ups upon entrance to my site, I finally discovered what the heck was going on. Earlier this year I downloaded one of those “free” scripts that you can get just about anywhere that you place on your webpage, the one that tracks the “on-line users at the current moment” script. Many of us have this script on our pages and if you are using a “pop-up” blocker you probably will never notice that your page along with others is now a portal for pop-ups as long as that script is being used on your page. In my particular case, the original script was provided by an outfit by the name of UCG-2000.com or something like that. Earlier this year they changed into VEROWEB services or something like that and also secretly tweaked the coding for the script that had been previously downloaded and placed on a lot of people’s pages. Of course they never informed me of what they had done to the coding that had already been placed on my site. It now not only continued doing what it originally was downloaded for, which was to track the "on-line" users at the current moment, but had also become a sort of “portal” for advertising pop-ups and pop-unders when ever a page containing that script was accessed. I was just notified today by telephone by my webhost where the offending coding was originating from and immediately removed it from my pages. At once the pop-ups stopped. If you or someone else notices a 100% increase in pop-ups when people visit your site or when you visit other folk’s sites then more than likely you or they are using one of those “free” scripts that have been secretly tweaked by the place that you got it from to allow advertising pop-ups to show on whatever page the script is loaded on. I can’t speak for the scripts that were downloaded from other sources but at least in my particular instance what I mentioned above is 100% true. Remember, nothing in life is really "free"..you're going to "pay" for it one way or another. In this case, by agreeing to place a "free" on-line users script on my page I was really agreeing to allow them to use my site as a launch pad for thier pop-ups! I stand informed!!

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5 brothers and sisters helped me to understand.


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on Saturday, December 6th, 2003 @ 01:29 PM EST
Art4Soul said

Hey baby boy Thanks so much for the info on the pirates. I hope you have a wonderful weekend sweetOne. Catch you later smile

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on Saturday, December 6th, 2003 @ 01:24 PM EST
Danielle said

Yeah, those pop ups can be a HUGE PAIN!! LOL... hehe I just stopped by to check on you..U Take care nowsmile Happy Holidays!

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on Friday, December 5th, 2003 @ 10:23 PM EST
ebony said

lol, yeah it's the tracker thing that people have up, I don't have any sorts of pop ups =]

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on Friday, December 5th, 2003 @ 03:50 PM EST
Cheryl said

Hi Greg! Thanks for the pop up script tip and your kind words on my tagboard. I'm already working on a new more permanent layout. Lol...I get bored.
I don't use counters since I can get info about my site from my admin panel. Everything I want to know is there including most downloaded or viewed pages as well as hot linker info. I'm sure you can too?
Have a joyous weekend!

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on Friday, December 5th, 2003 @ 02:40 PM EST
Chandra said

yeah, I've notice that. Thats why most people don't use veroweb or other services for online counters they download a cgi script, it's much better and I need to do that.

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