UPDATE: This article describes a problem with unwanted advertisements that appear on the EOGN.com web site. Ads that appear in email messages are a totally different issue, unrelated to this article.
For years, I have received occasional reports from newsletter readers that all sorts of obnoxious pop-up ads and similar, obnoxious advertising is appearing on the www.EOGN.com web site. Not everyone sees the ads but a few people do see them. However, in the past few days, the number of such reports has increased greatly. If you are seeing unwanted advertising, the problem is in your computer, not with the web site.
The above is an example of bogus ads
The EOGN.com web site always contains exactly one advertisement and that is from MyHeritage. MyHeritage is the exclusive sponsor of this newsletter and no other ads are allowed. Here is the only advertisement you should ever see on www.EOGN.com:
Above is the legitimate ad from MyHeritage. It is the only advertisement you should ever see on EOGN.com.
The MyHeritage ads are always displayed as the first article, just below the banner. There are no other ads on the web site and there have never been any pop-up ads on EOGN.com as I hate pop-up ads and I will not subject my readers to such junk. If you are seeing any other ads, those ads originated in your computer, not in the EOGN.com web site. If you are seeing “extra ads,” read on.
The interesting thing is that the only people who see these unwanted advertisements are some of the people running Microsoft Windows, although certainly not all Windows users see them. Anyone using Macintosh, Linux, iPad, Android, or other operating systems apparently never see the unwanted advertisements. In theory, it is possible for a Macintosh user to see the same problems but, so far, I have not yet received any such reports from anyone who says they are seeing the ads on a Mac.
You probably are also seeing obnoxious pop-up ads on other web sites as well. The problem is not limited to only www.EOGN.com.
The problem appears to be caused by adware or a virus or by some other malware (malevolent software) that has been surreptitiously installed on your computer. An article on the Malware Tips web site at https://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-adware-popup-ads/ states:
The pop-up ads are usually caused by an ad-supported extension for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, which is distributed through various monetization platforms during installation. The malicious browser extensions is typically added when you install another free software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this adware program.
When an adware extension is installed on your computer, whenever you will open a new tab within Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome, an ad from Clkoffers.com will pop-up. Other common symptoms include:
- Advertising banners are injected with the web pages that you are visiting.
- Random web page text is turned into hyperlinks.
- Browser popups appear which recommend fake updates or other software.
- Other unwanted adware programs might get installed without the user’s knowledge.
If you are using the Chrome web browser, see a report from Google that describes the problem and tells how to remove it at: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/2765944?hl=en. If you are seeing the pop-up ads in Firefox, Internet Explorer or possibly in Chrome, another helpful article may be found at https://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-adware-popup-ads/.