Ad Criminal: Appdeploy.com

I was just visiting Appdeploy.com for the first time in a while and while I sat and performed some other task on my computer, I kept hearing a “clicking” noise in the background.  It was the noise the web browser makes (if you have sounds enabled) when you click a link or a page changes.

So, I took a look at the Appdeploy.com main page and noticed that the right-hand side ads are setup in an iframe that constantly changes between Google ads and a KACE ad.  Every time the frame changes, it makes that clicking sound.  Left long enough, I’m sure that sound could drive someone completely batty.

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BTW: The ads at the top right of the Appdeploy.com page rotate between multiple vendors and make no noise at all – just the ad position on the right-hand side is the offender.

Ad Criminal: Computerworld

Not really an ad, but still a pop-up.  It’s asking for participation in a survey about Business Intelligence Tools.  Of course, you get to download 2 free IDC reports (collective yea) for entering, and you *could* win a 16KB iPod Touch.

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No thanks.  I have my 80GB Zune.

Ad Criminal: ITV

Another Sys-con.com site got me today.  If you’ve been following my Ad Criminal reporting, you’ll see the familiar AjaxWorld pre-existing pop-up advertisement and yes, the Windows Server 2008 video on the right was blaring sound when the page loaded.

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Hint to myself.  Never access a site with *sys-con.com in it, no matter how interesting the article sounds.

Ad Criminal: SearchSecurity.com

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SearchSecurity.com  (which is a TechTarget property, btw) is employing a pop-up advertisement that is thrown in your face when you try to access an article.

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If you've been following my Ad Criminal series, lately, you'll see a strange string of coincidences.  Most of these offenses are found when I'm trying to read an article on Virtualization. Hmmm…

Ad Criminal: Enterprise OpenSource Magazine

I had gone almost all day without finding an ad criminal, but just as I was thinking my life was getting better – WHAM! – I had to drop out to Enterprise OpenSource Magazine’s web site to read another article on virtualization.

I was accosted by a Blackberry pop-up window, circled on the left, and blaring audio from the Windows Server 2008 advertisement, circled on the right.

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