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October 10, 2008 – Comments (16)

Some fun for the weekend and to lighten up a little...

As I was browsing the fool.com at around midday Swiss time ( 6:00 EST) I was bombarded with the kind of advertisement, I would never have expected. And ONLY this kind! No financial ads or newsletters or mortgage or whatever! Unlike CAPS I am not a regular user of the fool.com, so maybe these are the usual ads...? I think not... ;-)



















You will now say that I copied these from somewhere else. No! As a proof here three screenshots:





and the ultimate proof:



So what does that tell you...?

The Motley Fool now only for 18+ year olds?

ATWD and Pencils, leave the site immediately and click here! ;-)

Have a good weekend all, most of us need a break.

PS as I am posting this blog I still only get these ads while browsing the CAPS or the fool.com...

16 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On October 10, 2008 at 10:48 AM, camistocks (< 20) wrote:

One more just copied from the right...

 

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#2) On October 10, 2008 at 10:59 AM, EverydayInvestor (< 20) wrote:

Gosh, adding 4+ inches is easy. I did it with ice cream. 32" to 36", baby! ;)

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#3) On October 10, 2008 at 11:08 AM, carcassgrinder (40.76) wrote:

Speaks of the demographic of the website....

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#4) On October 10, 2008 at 11:09 AM, TMFJake (44.10) wrote:

Those ads aren't running on our site.  We're investigating but it's not clear to me whether there's a problem on your end, in the network, or...  But, to be clear, none of those advertisements are running on Fool.com.  Our focus is on a different kind of return. :)

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#5) On October 10, 2008 at 11:38 AM, madcowmonkey (< 20) wrote:

Ha ha. I clicked and it actually shrunk.

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#6) On October 10, 2008 at 11:41 AM, HooDaHeckNose (96.17) wrote:

@Madcowmonkey:

Oh boy, thanks for the laugh, this month we ALL need anything that will make us laugh.

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#7) On October 10, 2008 at 1:11 PM, Tastylunch (29.39) wrote:

LOL

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#8) On October 10, 2008 at 1:29 PM, AnomaLee (28.73) wrote:

...a great way to get bullish

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#9) On October 10, 2008 at 1:55 PM, dinodelaurentis (74.04) wrote:

Drill, baby, drill!!

oops, that's not what the repubs mean, is it?

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#10) On October 10, 2008 at 9:40 PM, floridabuilder2 (99.35) wrote:

when you figure out why the ads are popping up, no pun intended, please let me know so I can get them too

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#11) On October 11, 2008 at 4:34 PM, camistocks (< 20) wrote:

Those ads are from an advertisement network. Doubleclick/google, I think. I encountered them on other sites in the meantime.

How did this happen? I have no idea. Or maybe, as I checked the browser history it has to do with a search I did a few days ago on google with the term naked short selling ban. Maybe the Google network concluded naked+short+selling equals growth pills for your ... your... penis.

Anyway, it makes browsing the fool.com a new experience! 

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#12) On October 12, 2008 at 1:50 AM, mgiv (99.00) wrote:

things must be really bad if motely fool is this desperate for money.  Which means the caps system may be no longer in the near future.

Anyway, I use to disable adblock plus on the motley fool site because I like their service and wanted to support it.  But they have gone too far and I had to activated it because it was so annoying.  Poof ads disappeared. Bye Bye revenue.  Use mozilla. Then add the add block plus pluggin.

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#13) On October 14, 2008 at 2:04 PM, camistocks (< 20) wrote:

And here's the explanation:

apparently my computer was infested by a Trojan Horse called DNSChanger. And this although I am on a Mac! I was able to remove it and now everything runs normal again. The Tech team from Motley Fool provided me with this link from the apple.com site where the specific problem is featured.

If you encounter the same problem download the DNSChanger removal tool from here or download the demoversion of macscan and run an entire scan of your Harddisk for other malware. http://macscan.securemac.com/ 

I'm happy to report that it was the only malware on my computer.

Thanks a lot to Mark Brooks, VP ad sales, and the Tech team!

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#14) On October 14, 2008 at 2:19 PM, TMFKnightly (< 20) wrote:

Glad to help and really glad we were not actually serving those ads! :)

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#15) On October 14, 2008 at 2:41 PM, TMFSt0rm (< 20) wrote:

Here's some additional information in case anyone's curious:

http://www.macworld.com/article/60823/2007/10/trojanhorse.html

And FWIW, installing the adblock plugin will only hide the problem in firefox/safari by blocking ads.. the trojan will remain and your system will continue to use malicious DNS machines, which could be used for other bad stuff down the road.

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#16) On October 19, 2008 at 11:04 PM, madcowmonkey (< 20) wrote:

Hmmmm. I thought you were just joking and came up with a good spoof. Infested by a Trojan Horse eh? Doesn't sound like anything computer related, but I get the idea.

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