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08 June 2002 @ 12:51 am
Slide-outs  
Let me be one of the first to complain about what seems to be the newest type of internet add out there.

We've got pop-ups and pop-unders, so these must be slide-outs.

I'm not sure which page i've been going to that creates them, or i'd try it for experimental research, unfortunatly every time they pop up, er slide out, on their own, it's just unnerving and triggers an instant "delete it!" reaction.

They either start out off the edge of your screen, on the bottom of the right side, or right of the bottom edge in the cases i've see so far, or are minimized along that edge. They then slide out onto your screen, or are expanded into it in a smooth motion. They almost seem to be crawling onto your screem from under the edge of the monitor. It's really kind of disturbing.

They _do_ get more noticed by me than pop-ups or pop-unders, they're kind of feaky and disturbing. Nothing should be moving on my screen unless i told it to or told a program to run that does it. Ads being able to locomote about on their own is creepy. Of course rather than getting me to actually look at them, their behavior causes me to go "Ack! Delete it!" as soon as i notice them.

The only one that's actually managed to register on my consciousness at all was advertising something about Spiderman.

*edit*

I just saw another one pop up, so this time i resisted the desire to KILL KILL KILL! KILL IT NOW!!!! *catches his breath*

It was an add for "Celltena," which is "as seen on tv, for only $19.95" =P (Yes, i'm repeating their information, rather than viewing it as further advertising from them, view it as an advisement to run screaming from their products if you ever see them =)

It also had a little countdown timer, "closing in 25" (or was it 30) which then proceded to count down. At the end, it slowly slid back down beneath the bottom edge of my screen, like some ancient evil creature returning to the depths from whence it came. *shiver*
 
 
Current Mood: disturbed
 
 
 
dustgrl on June 8th, 2002 02:24 am (UTC)
Sounds like you have managed to get offer companion installed. It's a sick
piece of spyware/adware that piggybacks on some "free" software packages. Try running addaware to clean up the icky sick advertising gunk off your machine.

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/
A Simple Girlciarajanae on June 8th, 2002 06:46 am (UTC)
ahh, thank you! i, too, am eerily disturbed by these "slide-outs."
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 8th, 2002 02:35 pm (UTC)
*blinks* Hello, where did you come from? =)
A Simple Girlciarajanae on June 10th, 2002 08:47 am (UTC)

hey-- i'm ciara. :-) i found the tests group through a link on one of my friend's journals. i, too, am a "what _________ are you?" test dork, and i have a lot of extra time at work to putz around online. so i was just being my voyeuristic self.

hope you don't mind. :-)
Patriciatrysha on June 8th, 2002 01:54 pm (UTC)
spyware is evil.

programmers who write such should be tried.
if they think it's a good idea - then they should have their fingers, eyes, and ears removed.
if they think it's a bad idea, they should be sentenced to some short term evil fate then allowed to return to work for a more reputable company.
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 8th, 2002 02:34 pm (UTC)
Already had that installed, and don't think I've installed any new software since the last time i ran it. Triedit again though, and all it found was some cookies.

I checked the site, saw that 5.82 was available (i had 5.80) d/led that, ran it, still nothing. If it's spy/adware, it's something that AdAware doesn't know about yet.