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Adware called 'AdF.ly' that pops-up

on Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:26 pm


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Re: Adware called 'AdF.ly' that pops-up

on Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:49 pm
Hmm, you're right, when inserting a bit ly link into a post, the forum seems to modify it to go via an ad.  I'm not sure I'd describe what I saw as malicious, but it's certainly unwelcome.

I guess nothing in this life is for free.  I suspect if this was a paid forum then the problem would go away - and that would be $65 a year.  I appreciate it's annoying but with a quick test it looks like other, non-bit ly links are unaffected.  Perhaps another URL shortening service would also be OK, or instead perhaps you could direct link instead of going via a redirection service.

I am able to hide links from non-members.  That may also adjust the way that it works, but would be less useful for forum users.

If the ads become too intrusive, inconvenient or inappropriate, I may have to take down the forum altogether.

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Re: Adware called 'AdF.ly' that pops-up

on Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:29 pm


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Re: Adware called 'AdF.ly' that pops-up

on Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:00 pm
Researching this I've found two links.

This:
http://help.forumotion.com/t153143-adfly-problem?highlight=adfly
says "If you are getting the Adfly page it means your forum has something on it that breaks our TOS and or rules." 


This:
http://help.forumotion.com/t121658-how-to-remove-adfly-advertisement?highlight=adfly
says "Links to the most popular host sites (like Mediafire) will cause the adfly page. Using credits will not remove it."


Why do you need to use a URL shortener at all?  Seeing as the target of the links seems to be Conforums, which is about to go offline, the links will all need to be changed anyway.  Why not link directly to the target page?


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Re: Adware called 'AdF.ly' that pops-up

on Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:35 am
Resolved: See http://forum.zhornsoftware.co.uk/t27-adfly-skipper

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REFERENCE:

http://help.forumotion.com/t128059-adfly-page#858128

This is the responds from adf.ly abuse ticket:
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Hi,

The free forum service you are using, monetizes their website using AdFly.

Kind Regards,

Ian Donovan
AdF.ly / x19 Limited CEO
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