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AdWare Redirect Complaints screenshot
for quite some time i've seen reports regarding so called Adware Redirects.
If i understand correctly, they work like this: you visit AudioZ and get redirected to another page, like that one on the screenshot.

I personally think that it is completely unacceptable, therefore i've tried everything to prevent this problem, however i still don't know what really causes it

1. Yes, it's related to banners, because when i take them off, this problem does not occur;
2. It's not our advertisers fault, because i've tried 3 different companies and received same complaints on redirects;
3. It's obviously not in my code;
4. Only around 2% of users experience this problem;
5. I've seen some articles saying that it might be happening on the client-side, but our member Haze confirmed that it's not the case.

UPD: Thanks to our members, we've established that this is not happening on our side, but yours.

If you experience this problem, please read comments.

However, I do not recommend you to edit your hosts file, install NoScript plugin or setup anything besides AdBlocker.
The only smart solution is to download trial copy of Kaspersky Internet Security, scan your whole computer with it, fix the problem, and after you see how great it is - buy it.

comments

  Resident 23.04.2012 138
+18
5. I've seen some articles saying that it might be happening on the client-side, but our member Haze confirmed that it's not the case.


actually it can be in the client.... if pepps came from other sites here haves some pop us like those wend they came here it might happen here also.... it's in their browser cache... and also can be a reg added in the browser to redirect pop ups.... many have some supposed inoffensive toolbars installed or even some extensions, this ones might be inoffensive but they have low security levels so its easy inject some stuff in it.
i suggest pepps here run lets say a malwarebites to remove nasty cookies and some registry that is added on the machine.
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  Member 19.01.2014 3
0
This issue IS CLIENT SIDE, make no mistake. And is 99% a virus. So to whoever is facing this problem, scan your computer with multiple antivirus tools, o better yet, do a clean install of your windows.
  Resident 25.04.2012 72 6998
+13465
If it happens in only two percent of the cases it's likely that they are infected in some way so I concur with eskimo that they need to do a thorough check of their system health. If those members check out AudioSex they will find many helpful topics to get their system functioning properly.
I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger.
  Resident 9.04.2011 690
+74
Never got this kind of pop-up troubles with AZ...

--- UPDATE ---

Definitely, it's on the client/user side, so it's *NOT* about AZ...

Just google this and see for yourself : "flv player pop-up"

MISTERY SOLVED
.....::::: The best warez are yet to come :::::.....
  Resident 13.11.2009 103
0
Avast's boot time scan is good for things like this
If Microsoft can be cracked then the rest is fair game
  Resident 25.04.2012 72 6998
+13465
Yeah for rootkits especially and Kaspersky has a good module that can remove many of them too. Luckily I am now on Windows 8 so I have SecureBoot, yes Windows 8 has some nice benefits that you don't hear about because people can't handle a start button missing. I think Windows 9 is going to be fucking sweet so fingers crossed.
I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger.
  Resident 23.02.2012 146
+15
Yes, maybe they´re in client side: but check the're banners inserted as iframes. Certan viruses can intercept the page code and replace at client browser side. So, is a question of original code checking.

Like this (part of html code):
...iframe id="af823527" name="af823527" src="h**p://ad.propellerads.com/afr.ph*...


Suggestion:

So, if don't want to check of install with an antivirus (recommended way), you can disable only the ad site, putting (temporarily, while you not check with a real antivirus way) a exception in hosts configuration file (Windows), like that:
0.0.0.0 ad site

Example:
0.0.0.0 h**p://ad.propellerads.com/afr.ph*

In this case, you'll continue to have that ad iframe, but without the ad site contents opening/access.

But, the best way is to check the machine with a good antivirus, because the ads, when installed, are the same if you open the AZ site in Chrome, IE, Mozilla or another browser. So, there's an infected machine.

Check the machine with a good antivirus. Period.

Take care and good luck!
  Administrator 1.01.2004 290 1066
+17179
I think the original class was only "neon" (part of the AZ new layout). So, the "ADLeader" and "nBanner" are "alien" (virotic) classes inserted. The same with the iframe.

nope, it's all good. ADLeader is a basic AD style, neon is basic neon style and nBanner defines neon color
  Resident 23.02.2012 146
+15
Thanks, SAiNT. Post corrected.
  Member 25.04.2012 126
+15
it's not only AUDIOZ I think it's chrome and some
defaillant computers ..like mine
AD are not stoppin'.
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THE BEST SOUND TILL THE BIG BANG
  Resident 25.04.2013 127
+55
Hey man.

Download Malwarebytes.

Run a FULL SCAN.

My suggestion is to do that in SAFE MODE if you are on a windows machine.

Just a suggestion. Malwarebytes has killer detection and removal. Have saved many a computer with it.
  Resident 9.04.2011 690
+74
Yeah, right
.....::::: The best warez are yet to come :::::.....
  Resident 23.02.2012 146
+15
Exactly. When your machine is infected, not only AZ shows the ads. Other sites show similar things (ads, banners, strange links inside the pages, etc). Note the strange behaviors... Check your entire computer. Good luck.
  Member 25.04.2012 126
+15
There was many pro on AZ
THx for yr weakness
https://soundcloud.com/noks771
THE BEST SOUND TILL THE BIG BANG
  Administrator 1.01.2004 290 1066
+17179
Thank you for your comments guys, i feel much better now that you convinced me it is actually happening on the client side
  Resident 25.04.2012 72 6998
+13465
I was actually going to suggest that initially because I haven't experienced any of this and if I had I would have been hammering your mailbox. When it passes through my security I know there is something afoot. It's a common attack, they hit you with some malware and then that in turns causes redirects. The scumbags have nothing better to do and the sad thing is that the NSA can do something about it but is too busy with more important matters like raping our liberties.
I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger.
  Administrator 1.01.2004 290 1066
+17179
The scumbags have nothing better to do and the sad thing is that the NSA can do something about it

lol, i'd rather believe that NSA themselves doing it.
  Resident 25.04.2012 72 6998
+13465
They do...when they feel like experimenting for the hell of it.
I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger.
  Resident 9.04.2011 690
+74
It is, for sure.

I've been accessing AZ from several different computers, OSes, browsers and IPs (home, my brother-in-laws', my mother's...) and never had such troubles. Nor in other websites...

BTW... The same holds true for for other friends of mine.
.....::::: The best warez are yet to come :::::.....
  Resident 24.10.2011 1 765
+270
I scanned my whole computer with Malwarebytes (and it always worked for years on several computers).
Not a single malware, cookie, whatever...

BUT i use Chrome and some extensions. The problem is here :
Session Buddy 3.2.5
Speed Dial 2 1.7.8
TinEye Reverse Image Search 1.1.4
Video Download Helper 1.1.5.2

One is the culprit. So i will try again, disabling one after the other.
On the other side, those scams (there are several) only happened on AudioZ pages
Because if they happened on the whole web, i would never have posted anything on AudioZ.

So there is probably a security hole somewhere. But AudioZ is not the source, finally.
At least now, we know exactly from where the problem is coming from. Some ppl seems to get the same trouble with Firefox...probably the same cross-extension

PS : It is probably "video download helper", an usual extension, see the last comments :
VDH comments
  Resident 25.04.2012 72 6998
+13465
Recently there was a story about some extensions that fell under new ownership and their functionality was changed without user consent which is causing Google to change their policy in June to prevent this sort of thing from happening in the future (Firefox already does this). It might not be related but yes extensions can cause issues that's why I am very minimal in what I trust and install. If you need any help then we can move this topic to AudioSex where I can go more in-depth. Malwarebytes is good but only as a passive scanner, their active scanning is bullshit. What you should do is run ESET or Kaspersky as an active scanner and keep Malwarebytes in the role it shines in which is passive scanning for hard to find and remove malware. Either way we will track down the issues and do our best to minimize these sorts of problems in the future.
I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger.
  Resident 4.06.2013 203 646
+11622
Im not a part of the 2% but this may help users in general with some adware issues.

Use Ghostery extension for your browser. Best privacy/anti-ad extension ive come across.

On this specific page we are all viewing now i had 7 things get blocked by ghostery...

LiveInternet - Analytics
Google +1 - Widget
GoogleAnalytics - Analytics
Facebook Connect - Widget
Propeller Ads - Advertising
Twitter Button - Widget
VKontakte Widgets - Widget


I never get advertising images or popups or stuff like that coming up. Instead of the advertisement in the green neon boxes, i have nice empty neon boxes.
I am gone
  Resident 25.04.2012 72 6998
+13465
Problem with that is that a lot of those things are important for us from the advertising and analytics to the social sharing features. Blocking them all cuts off any revenue we may receive as well as some of our functionality.
I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger.
  Resident 4.06.2013 203 646
+11622
Ghostery would only for those with this adware redirect issues or privacy concerns. Otherwise, yes, it does effect functionality some and does effect revenue and analytic . But as i have no social media, i have no reason to have them hanging around.
I am gone
  Resident 25.04.2012 72 6998
+13465
Yeah I agree, I take off social network buttons too because I need to streamline my workflow and I'm not here to sit on Fakebook. We're all here to do what we're all here to do.

Firefox has NoScript which is really good (and annoying) and then there's also...damn can't remember at the moment but it's actually quite good.
I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger.
  Resident 1.09.2012 254
+25
i had a issue earlier today i had to restore to old image .i dont know what hppen to tell u the truth i remember installin the nugen audio vilsm N i open it in standalone an the screen start goin crazy after couple of reboot i come to the choice to do a system restore an everyting is fine now.. i got eset
  Resident 25.04.2012 72 6998
+13465
That's weird i can't understand how that would be connected to the site or the NuGen download. I have downloaded from here for a long time and I have yet to see a real virus and why the exact moment that you ran the VST?. Did you scan the file with ESET? Also what's the protection bypass you're running for ESET if it's not legitimate which I'll assume it isn't? Is it mara or TNOD? What OS?
I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger.
  Member 14.06.2011 34
+7
Be safe & use a Mac BUT if you use PC you MUST virus check and malware check etc. as often as you can. Also check using several checkers as I don't think that there is one piece of software that finds all and different progs often identify different malware/virus etc. Yeah it's a pain but that's what happens when you first step into the world of internet... I am not saying Macs don't get these things but in all the years I have used a Mac I've never had a problem - and I use PCs as well so I am no fanboy. I believe that each have their purpose but I usually just use an islolated virtual machine to run windows these days.
  Resident 9.04.2011 690
+74
Actually, you don't have to use a Mac in order to be safe

There are several solutions for a safer internet browsing, among which...:

1) Install Sandboxie and run your Chrome, FireFox, Opera, you-name-it... SANDBOXED (Sandboxie even makes a desktop shortcut for you to do this by just double-clicking on it).

2) Use a virtual machine (you ***DO*** use VMware or VirtualBox, DON'T YOU???). VMs may be used in many creative ways, not only to test-install your downloads safely, but for the internet, too)

Of course, you may also use/test MacOSX. Knowing what both Windows *and* MacOSX can offer you is the way to go. Closing doors is not the smart way of thinking.... NONE of them.

.....::::: The best warez are yet to come :::::.....
  Resident 23.04.2012 138
+18
case closed!! AudioZ is safe!! run malwarebytes.. i would also recommend gmer but is more tech savy and is not user friendly... like Catalyst said use Noscript with your browser is not user friendly but you can configure with time and with that it stop to be annoying and be a great surf friend...

this days surfing is not a walk on the park!!

cheers!!!
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