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Old 11-08-2012, 10:25 PM
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Default Notice: Pop-ups

I've had a couple of members let me know that they are experiencing pop-ups and advertising at the forum as of late. Even if one member is having the problem, I like to know about these things.

The forum does NOT have pop-ups of any form, nor any form of forced advertising such as link insertions, redirects, etc. The servers and registrar are private so we will never have to be inconvenienced with such things. If you are experiencing pop-ups, it is due to some thing on your end, not the forum's.

That being said, we are here to help you find and fix the problem on your end!

First, always try a logout/clear cache/reboot/relogin. That fixes most problems. If you need details on how to do that, you can go here:

Make sure that you don't have multiple browser tabs/windows open, as pop-ups could be coming from one of those.

Make sure that "" or "" appears in the URL bar. If you don't see that, then you are viewing the forum through another website's frame...which means you are getting the pop-ups from that first website since you never really left that first site.

Switch browsers to see if the issue is something in the browser itself. Perhaps you have an ad-on, plug-in or toolbar that is causing the problem.

If you are using a cloaking device, anonymizer, or privacy browser, keep in mind that almost all of them will often subject you to their advertising. Try visiting without it and see if that helps.

If you are using public/free Wi-Fi hot spots or free internet providers, keep in mind they may also subject you to advertising.

Keep your computer free of malware, adware, spyware and viruses, as any of them can get installed on your computer and wreak pop-up havoc. Keep those temp files cleared out as well. Some good (and free!) tools that you can use to root out such things are:

* Ad-Aware with Antivirus:
Malware removal tool:
Malwarebytes Free:
* Windows Defender:
* CCleaner:
AVG Free:

(The forum doesn't officially endorse any of these programs; however, programs that I have personally used are marked with an asterik. Use any at your own risk. You can also use Google to find some more, both free and paid).

Finally, if problems persist, send me a screen shot of the problem so I can look at it and see if I see anything.
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