Let me preface this by stating that I don't mind ads here on SG; i really do not. I leave the ad-blocker turned off for this site in hopes of doing my bit to help @cg with server costs. But today, when I opened SG for the first time, there was a full-screen ad that went up to within 1 cm of the very edges of my monitor. I clicked on this several times and then it faded to a 2-3cm tall ad across the bottom. Then it popped up the "X to close" option.

My first thought was that SG had been closed and I was seeing one of those "this domain is for sale" messages from the server. That made me very sad indeed. None of Steamgifts showed through or around this advert. (I didn't recognize the company the ad was for, either, which added to my confusion. I doublechecked the URL to make sure I hadn't been redirected anywhere.)

This was quite annoying when I realized it was an ad. Please limit the number of these "full-screen overlay"-style ads in the future.

Thank you for reading this, and for running this wonderful website!

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I remember the time when it was possible to browse the webs with ads safely to support sites. Nowadays it's impossible, sadly.
Between the invasive obtrusive ads like the one you encountered and the various trojans and infected ads, it's just a gamble.

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whole reason I have a variety of ad blocking extensions enabled. I have tried visiting a site to figure out what liquids to use for smoothies on my phone... within 5 seconds my phone had opened amazon shopping app and had at least 8 ads running... I closed it immediately to never return.

I visit SG more than enough to pay the reasonable cost to remove it here at least. I would consider paying for youtube premium... if it didn't charge so much, will never pay for prime video ad free though... wish it would stop asking every time I go over there >>

1 month ago
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You shouldn't make smoothies on your phone

1 month ago
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lol, I was just at the grocery store.

1 month ago
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Heh oh yeah phone ads are even worse. No control at all ofc because that's how Google wants it. Installing ad blockers on phones is not as easy for sure.
That reminds me of that time my gf was checking her texts in the middle of a family dinner and she clicked a link that led to a huge ad for some porn game and the very very extremely loud sound that went with it xD
Her mom was not pleased.

1 month ago
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Well, 99.9% of the time I like the ads on SG. They are inobtrusive, interesting, and useful. It was just this one that was all wrong.

1 month ago
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Unfortunately ads are often geo-located so site owners don't have total control over what kind of ads users will see in every country.
The ads I'm getting are mostly completely irrelevant (and sometimes gross, don't ask me wtf is wrong with French ads) but they are generally not intrusive.

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Ah, sure, makes sense.

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This reminds me why I started to use add block, a couple decades ago.
I was playing some browser game ad the time and it had add banners on the side np.

But the issue was, it was on a rotation basis even if you did not switch/ reload the page.
One of the adds was for a pirate game, which was with sound while all others where mute. Every time the canons went off, I got a heart attack because that add had volume on ultra somehow. And I was playing music in the background.

After a couple times I was sick off it downloaded my first add block and never looked back.

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One of the adds was for a pirate game, which was with sound while all others where mute. Every time the canons went off, I got a heart attack because that add had volume on ultra somehow. And I was playing music in the background.

lol that happened to me once as I was playing a very stealthy horror game, sneaking around with light music on Youtube playing in my headphones in the background. For some reason my adblocker malfunctioned and my playlist was interrupted by an ad starting with a scream that would have been enough to blow off the roof. My ears ran for several hours.

Now I only unblock for sites I trust (and there are few as most sites don't have any control over what kind of ads are shown in other countries) and sites I want to support.

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Hi Microfish, there shouldn't be any full screen advertisements on SteamGifts. I only run standard banner ads at the moment (no pop-ups, overlays, stick footer ads, etc). If you did see a full screen advertisement, it could be some type of malware or browser add-on you have triggering it. However, it could potentially be our ad network. All the major ad networks are running a heavy amount of JavaScript. They screen advertisements for anything that shouldn't be there, but occasionally something slips through. It's rare, they get flagged and quickly removed, but it has happened a couple of times over the years. If you see it again, take a screenshot and share. If anyone else has the same issue, also let me know, and I'll get it reported.

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Thank you so very much, CG, for your response! I will keep this in mind and do what you say. Thankfully it hasn't happened since that one time.

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I write this just in case.πŸ€”ooOοΌˆπŸ’»πŸ¦ πŸ‘ΎοΌ‰

What I can think of personally is that the DNS settings of the router may be contaminated to display those ads.
(This is only an example, as it may be caused by malicious software, applications or add-ons.)

If people's have an older router, don't forget to update the firmware. (Usually a reboot of the router will do this automatically in most cases.)

If people's router firmware hasn't been out for about two years, you should suspect that you may need to replace it because the security update may be over.
(In most cases, you can contact the seller's support and they will tell you if they continue to update or if the support is no longer available.)πŸ΅β˜•πŸ’ΈπŸ§

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Good to know, and thank you!

1 month ago
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I DM'd you on discord with screenshots.

1 month ago
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Hi cg. Since a week ago, this pop-up appears every now and then when browsing any giveaway list. It doesn't appear on discussions nor any giveaway page. The frame doesn't let me to do anything else than click the button. I searched about that btloader and it's related to ads but couldn't find why it's showing up. What I do is reload the page and the frame disappear until another ocassion few minutes later. Please, could you take a look on it?

View attached image.
1 month ago
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It's happening again with full screen ads. I DM'd you on discord with pics of the ad in full screen, huge banner, and small banner.

2 weeks ago
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It's happening so often on page 2 of the main page that the site is unusable for me. For now I have to turn on my adblocker.

2 weeks ago
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Block the ads or use NoScript or something similar to at least prevent third party resources other than media files.

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Let me preface this by stating that I don't mind ads here on SG; i really do not. I leave the ad-blocker turned off for this site in hopes of doing my bit to help @cg with server costs.

Literally the start of the post.

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That's dumb to do, and honestly, you can still load ads and block everything from those ads that's not a media file. I allow google ad services but block the third party ad resources loaded by those services.

4 weeks ago
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Maybe

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