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« Reply #150 on: October 09, 2010 06:52:16 PM »

winners advantage, something about lottery numbers. This add is all over getting in my way.
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« Reply #151 on: October 10, 2010 06:42:22 AM »

I don't know if anybody else noticed, but the ads (usually) change when the page is refreshed. It helps a lot to refresh whenever one of those ads come up.
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« Reply #152 on: October 11, 2010 08:30:43 AM »

We're going to report them again today. Sorry all!  Undecided
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« Reply #153 on: October 25, 2010 09:51:03 PM »

Political campaign ad that is driving me batty. I tried to refresh as suggested, unfortunately that didn't help.
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« Reply #154 on: October 26, 2010 04:03:33 PM »

Theres a new Cashmere toilet paper ad that is driving me nuts! Its really slowly down the loading to a complete stop... I can't even block it because its a video ad! lol
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« Reply #155 on: October 28, 2010 07:21:51 PM »

Not sure where to put this or who to contact about this but I was viewing an old page and this was an add.



I was wondering if there's a way to turn those off or take those off your add list.

I was viewing this when I had company over and there were kids in the room and thought it was very inappropriate.

Sorry if this is not the right place.. and I had NO CLUE who to contact.
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« Reply #156 on: October 28, 2010 08:50:15 PM »

I don't want to embarrass anybody, but I thought I would use my background in internet marketing to present a theory....

Some of the adds you are seeing could be particular to you based on searching criteria done by you or other users of your computer, not just on Craftster, but on your entries in search engines such as Google. Google as an example, tracks what you search for online so it knows what banners to show you on pages. For instance, I live in Tampa Bay and often shop for camping gear online...thus I get adds for Tampa Bay coupons and a camping store. For example, If you live in Detroit, you will probably never see the Tampa add.

I don't know all the ins and outs of how Craftster's setup works...but that is how the web pages I work with function. If i log in on my boyfriend's computer I get banner adds for computer sales and martial arts gear which are things he searches for often.

Craftster admins can still try to block the adds you might not like, but if you clear your history, cookies, and run a program like Malware-bytes, you may not see these unless you search again for similar criteria. To test this theory I have logged in on a computer where I don't usually surf craftster, and after about a dozen re-loads I didn't get camping adds once. I did 15 minutes of searching for gourmet coffee baskets, and now there are gourmet food adds.

Again, I don't mean to embarrass anybody if they are getting unpleasant adds...but that is a general explanation of how these adds work based on my working experience with Google ad words.

I also want to mention that I haven't gotten one of those expanding ads in a while. So whatever has been done to prevent those has been working so far. Thanks goes out the the Mods and Admins. Smiley
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« Reply #157 on: October 28, 2010 11:13:45 PM »

I am the only person that EVER uses this computer and it's fairly new. (2 mo)

I am married, I have NO reason at all what so ever to EVER search for hot singles to have sexual encounters with, Nor my husband.

While SOME may get some ads based on their searches, This ad did not come from my computer. Smiley
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« Reply #158 on: October 29, 2010 05:55:52 AM »

I am the only person that EVER uses this computer and it's fairly new. (2 mo)

I am married, I have NO reason at all what so ever to EVER search for hot singles to have sexual encounters with, Nor my husband.

While SOME may get some ads based on their searches, This ad did not come from my computer. Smiley

Keywords are sometimes not very appropriate, and sometimes they can be based off other things that might be relevant to the area where your IP is located (your city or one nearby) or based on other things that people who are looking for singles are searching for. It could be something as irrelevant as looking for local restaurants, fashionable clothing, shoes, makeup, flower shops etc.

I guess what I am trying to say is that keywords don't always make sense, and may only be vaguely relevant to something else you've searched for.

That ad may only be relevant to the area where you live. The company could be based out of your area or something. I get ads for a FL residents discount to Disney for instance, and I'm guessing you will probably never see that ad if you aren't located here since the ad is targeting FL.

My previous post wasn't accusatory of your searches, and I apologize if you got that impression. So that is why I am elaborating on this issue.

Hope that helps explain a little,
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« Reply #159 on: October 29, 2010 10:11:25 AM »

That is definitely a good point.  Thanks for taking the time to explain it a bit, Saturn!

For example, I often see ads for my local Groupon and Pottery Barn Teen because I either look at them personally, or people have linked me to things on their pages. Cheesy  I also get ads for http://www.brilliantearth.com/ any time one of my friends talks about engagement because I'm easily distracted & start drooling all over that page. Cheesy Tongue  If you click that link, you'll get beautiful ads from them while viewing Craftster.  No doubt.  Ooooh, shiny objects, I love you. Cheesy

Fel, I do get some of the icky ads because I also look through our city's event guides, which include bars, restaurants, local happenings, etc.  Ads like that "Less Talk, More Action" one can be VERY tricky, and sneak in through seemingly innocent sites like my city event searches. Angry  They register with keywords that can totally be family-friendly such as restaurants, like Saturn mentioned.

Each morning, I use programs to "clean" my computer, so I can get a fresh set of ads and keep the load time super speedy for me throughout the day.  Personally, I've used and recommend any of these for various scans & cleaning, but there are lotttts and lots out there!
     CCleaner by Piriform http://www.piriform.com/ (free!)
     Spybot Search & Destroy http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html (free!)
     Ad-Aware by Lavasoft http://www.lavasoft.com/index.php
     Window Washer by Webroot http://www.webroot.com

Running of these daily is probably a bit overkill for most users, but I'd definitely make a habit of running one at least once a week, if you browse the internet fairly often each day.
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