I seem to be getting a lot of spam messages lately. Today I noticed some sort of leech add that took a word in my blog and created a spam link to an outside advertisement. Can you help me understand and solve this problem, please?
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Spam and outside leech adds
Today I noticed some sort of leech add that took a word in my blog and created a spam link to an outside advertisement.
WordPress does not use text-enhanced ads. This has come up before and it was caused by browser extension that was installed in the person's browser. Which browser and browser version are you using? Have you tried disabling all browser add-ons and extensions. Have you tried using a different browser to see if it happens with it as well?
Others who had this same issue found it was caused by a browser add-on or extention. http://wafflesatnoon.com/2011/10/05/seeing-unwanted-text-enhance-ads/ Please deactivate all browser add-ons and extentions, run a full computer scan, and then log into your blog again without activating any browser add-ons or extensions and see if the links disappear or not.
I'm posting this spearately because what you reported above is not an WordPress.com initiated ad. However, WordPress.com has been running advertising on our free hosted blogs since 2006. Many bloggers do not know this because despite the fact they ticked the box required to get a free blog, they did not read the ToS. Many also do not read features page, or advertising entry in the support documents after registering their username and blog(s). Also note that as the ads do not display to us when we are logged in, and as many use browsers with ad blockers when logged out, they may not realize they are there at all. The only way to get rid of all advertising on our free hosted WordPress.com blogs is to purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade.
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