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#450306 - 02/04/16 01:18 AM forum not working
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The banner ad at the top of the page has been causing my tablet to freeze up for the last couple of weeks. I have to restart the tablet to get back on the internet. No other sites are causing this problem. It might be something else but the banner ad does not quite finish loading when the tablet freezes.

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#450308 - 02/04/16 01:30 AM Re: forum not working [Re: Bigtoe]
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Yesterday I experienced this for the first time. A Google ad in the left sidebar was also experiencing problems. Then I noticed that the top banner ad was now in Russian.

I checked the forum over pretty good and couldn't find a problem. Then I checked the forum in a different browser on another computer and it was fine and there were no ad problems.

The problem ended up being an extension in Chrome had gone rogue. This was not a new extension but one that had been installed at least a year ago. A malicious version would have been installed during an automatic update If you are having problems with ads freezing the most likely reason is an extension or toolbar on your browser or spyware you have picked up somewhere along the way.
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#451602 - 03/26/16 03:56 AM Re: forum not working [Re: Admin]
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Hey guys,

For the original poster, that may not be the issue. Depending on the type of tablet he's using it could be a Flash issue. When the iPhone came out, Apple dropped all support for Flash because of similar issues. Among other things, Flash requires more memory and processing power than most other types of code/programs.

However, some other phones and tablets along with their accompanying operating systems have supported Flash on their devices. While very little of the web still uses Flash, Google still allows Flash ads. A tablet that really doesn't have the power to run a Flash ad or is otherwise using all of it's available resources may crash when Flash attempts to load.

The tablet owner could try making sure other applications are not running on the tablet, but you never know when and where a flash ad is going to show up so that's a bit unrealistic.

If I remember right, there is an option to disable Flash based ads within Google AdSense. Adsense would then go to the next most appropriate ad that is not Flash based. I believe that would be the simplest option, but if it cut significantly into the revenue, the site itself could be altered to hide the offending ads from mobile devices.

Sorry I didn't see this earlier and hope it helps.
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#451603 - 03/26/16 04:57 AM Re: forum not working [Re: Bigtoe]
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Probably not a flash issue I would think. Most browsers will not display flash anymore but will give you a link to click on if you want to view the flash element. Not too many flash ads used in Google ads anymore and Google is banishing them completely in a couple of months. The animations in ads nowadays is usually done using html5 and not flash.
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#451626 - 03/28/16 05:34 PM Re: forum not working [Re: Admin]
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You're absolutely right that most ads are not Flash, but I've come across Flash based ads on this site. I don't visit this site with any mobile devices so I can't say what happens with mobile. All of my browsers support Flash out of the box. I've turned it off on Chrome, which is my default browser, but that's how I know I've come across Flash based ads on this site. They've shown up as the grey box with the option to run Flash.

There's no way to know if that's the issue for sure, but it's certainly a possibility.
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#452433 - 05/10/16 11:52 PM Re: forum not working [Re: Bigtoe]
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The problem is still occuring and it happens with a banner ad that starts to load up where the background is yellow. When i see the yellow banner ad loading i know my tablet is frozen. I do not know what the ad is because it freezes before it finishes loading and all i see is a yellow box. I then have to shut down my tablet once or twice to be able to access the internet again.

that ad or ad provider is not making you money, it is actualy costing you money, not to mention viewer participation.


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#452434 - 05/11/16 12:15 AM Re: forum not working [Re: Bigtoe]
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Is this the only site that ever gives you trouble? Have you scanned your tablet for adware and spyware? Tablets have that problem the same as regular computers.

The banner ads are Google's and not from some sketchy provider. They are no different that the ads running on most websites and really shouldn't be causing a problem. Google displays ads based on your browsing history. It could be that you are the only person actually seeing this yellow ad. If anyone else knows what product or service this ad is for please let me know and I should be able to block it.
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#452470 - 05/12/16 07:47 AM Re: forum not working [Re: Bigtoe]
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I just thought I'd share this link. While Google will stop accepting new flash ads in a couple of months, it won't be until 2017 that they stop running them.

https://plus.google.com/+GoogleAds/posts/dYSJRrrgNjk

There are some options in the AdSense "Ad serving" tab under "Display ads" that may be able to block out Flash based ads, which of course may also effect any HTML5 ads showing. Might just be worth checking on.

I'll keep my eyes open for a yellow ad.
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#452483 - 05/13/16 02:16 AM Re: forum not working [Re: Bigtoe]
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This is the only site that gives me problems. Today i had to shut down and start back up, log back in. Not many people are going to this.

the ad that freezes up the site finished loading today and it is from businesspromote.com offering leads. To get the ad to load i had to turn off the feature that saves info i enter into forms and i deleted all saved form info, so my guess is they are bogging down my tablet with some type of tracking codes that go through my saved form data on my tablet.
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#452484 - 05/13/16 02:33 AM Re: forum not working [Re: Bigtoe]
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i have not been able to get the businesspromote ad to load while using my laptop with an adblocker running. there are a bunch of other ads but so far this one is not coming up.
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#452485 - 05/13/16 02:51 AM Re: forum not working [Re: Bigtoe]
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What is interesting is that businesspromote.com is not a real website and not one that may ordinarily use Google Adwords. It is a placeholder/spam page which would more likely be using adware or spyware to promote. I will see if I can put them in Google's disallow list but I suspect that ad is not coming from Google.


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#452486 - 05/13/16 02:52 AM Re: forum not working [Re: Bigtoe]
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If you get it to load again, see if you can click the little 'x' in the top right corner. It will give you an option to stop showing you that ad.
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#452488 - 05/13/16 02:54 AM Re: forum not working [Re: Bigtoe]
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businesspromote.com is now blocked from running ads.


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#452490 - 05/13/16 05:41 AM Re: forum not working [Re: Bigtoe]
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The ad in question - the yellow one - is actually to businesspromoted.com and not to businesspromote.com. It is not flash but HTML5. I have blocked it from the site so you shouldn't have any more trouble with that particular ad. If you have problems with others please let me know and I will block those as well.
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#452491 - 05/13/16 05:58 AM Re: forum not working [Re: Bigtoe]
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Just doing a quick search and it seems that some iPads and iMacs have a problem with HTML5 in Safari (the default browser) but not when using Firefox or Chrome.

Anybody reading this who is having this issue may want to check if updates are available from Apple for OS X and for Safari.
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