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Author Topic: Azarashvili  (Read 1209 times)
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« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2018, 09:40:19 pm »

After consultation with co-moderator Dundonnell, the original links posted in this thread have been removed. With apologies to rkhenderson, the original poster, who I am certain had no idea these links would cause subsequent problems.

For the record, I examined the URLs for the links and they appeared to be perfectly normal YT links with no additional redirects or other other links embedded. I also tested them with no adverse effects.

The only guess I can hazard to explain the problems some encountered would be that those individuals unknowingly had some sort of malware or other Trojan on their computers which was activated by these links, or some part of them. Again, just a guess, based on sad personal experience in the past, and please be clear I am making no accusations. If anyone has a better explanation, please let me know privately.

Suspicious links quoted in subsequent posts in this thread have also been deleted, to avoid the possibility of anyone accidentally clicking on them, resulting in further harm.

Thanks to all for their patience and understanding, and let me again recommend in the strongest possible terms, if you see a link that seems suspicious in any way, DO NOT click on it. Instead, please inform the Administration and we will investigate.

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« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2018, 11:14:08 pm »

When I access the site the annoying Banner Ad which previously read "Download" and "Play Now" has been replaced by one which reads "Check out this special offer: Click Here".

All I can say is DON'T !! It MAY be-and probably is- harmless advertising but, as Maris has said, if you don't know where the link comes from or where it is taking you then ignore it!!
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« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2018, 11:25:21 pm »

Thank you for bringing this up, Colin. I should have addressed this issue as well in my post(s).  Indeed, unless you are absolutely certain of the safety of such links, DO NOT click on them. A couple of points:

We have no control over the content of banner ads. If it were up to me they wouldn't show up at all, given the possibility of malicious links. However, I'm sure the forum host wants them there for revenue from click-throughs, and if they wind up linking to malware due to other malware present on any user's computer, I'm sure the owner assumes no responsibility.

Probably not everyone sees the same ads. What I'm currently getting are eBay links.

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