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Planet49 scam?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Techie Stuff
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ShamblerShambler Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Techie Stuff
Hi MSE's!

When I go to orange's website to log into my email I see an ad advertising a 'you've potentially won an audi cabriolet a3'.

I did a bit of searching and alot of people are saying it is a scam, planet49.com.

How come it is appearing on orange's website?

I am looking at my email inbox now and it is there, although not very professional looking, at the top of the screen.

Do I have spamware on my PC?

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  • BrowntoaBrowntoa Forumite, Board Guide
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    I get the same rubbish on several sites I visit , its not spyware I assume they all use the same advert feeds (Face book gets plagued with rubbish as well)
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  • davbdavb Forumite
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    It's not you it's Orange - I can see it if I go to their email logon page.
    Whether or not it's a scam I don't know, but I presume they have paid (or hacked Orange) to be there. As a general rule I would never click on these type of ads anyway.
  • CoopdiviCoopdivi Forumite
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    If you are using Firefox as your browser then get the Adblock add-on and say goodbye to intrusive, annoying adverts.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865
  • edited 29 November 2009 at 6:39AM
    SparhawkeSparhawke Forumite
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    edited 29 November 2009 at 6:39AM
    This is a huge issue with virtually all sites that use the various advert server spiders and unfortunately there is fairly little that Orange can do as it is simply dished up by an advertiser who has targeted a site with large footfall...one other possible solution I found once is to go to:

    C:windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts

    Open that with notepad and delete nothing but add this to the underneath of the other stuff:

    127.0.0.1 localhost (copy it and replace localhost with (www).planet49.com or whatever the troublesome address is underneath)

    Save and exit.

    This should stop it popping up for you :)


    ~~~

    I personally use this for my hosts file:

    127.0.0.1 localhost
    127.0.0.1 flashtalking.com
    127.0.0.1 mediaplex.com
    127.0.0.1 video.flashtalking.com
    127.0.0.1 google-analytics.com

    Flashtalking is an absolute nightmare that will eat all bandwidth if you give it a chance lol

    If you feel uncomfortable with this process you can simply reverse the process and take it out :)
    "Don't blink. Blink and you're dead. They are fast. Faster than you can believe. Don't turn your back. Don't look away. And don't blink. Good Luck" - The Doctor.
  • Sparhawke,

    Thanks so much for that tip! Was having so much trouble with flashtalking pop-ups when I visit some sites, and after some searching, came across this. There doesn't seem to be anymore pop-ups after what you suggested with the localhosts, so fingers crossed!
    Education never ends Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last.
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