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Old 10-05-2013, 09:16 AM   #1
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I don't know if anyone else gets this flashing advert prompt prior to logging in (as in thread title), but it leads to a tune up program named WINZIP and could be taken to be endorsed by TSF.

I think we've all seen the number of threads complaining of problems, where it has been found they have been caused by such programs indiscriminately deleting registry items and damaging systems - leading to dire warnings by all, never to use them and to dump existing programs.

While I appreciate TSF require income from adverts, perhaps the Admin staff could be a little more discerning in the commissions they accept or how they are displayed.

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I think maybe the sites/apps of a rather dubious nature are perhaps the most generous with regard to advertising revenue.

I was on a well known Windows 7 support site the other day and found a link to a program called "RegCure".

I agree with you, if its possible, admins should be a little more selective.

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Not being funny but the owner of TSF needs money to keep the site up so that will be why there are adverts on it. You can't really be selective on what you choose to advertise unless it's derogatory or something like that.

People get viruses and download stuff they don't need to because they dont think or use common sense.

I don't see any of the ads anyway because I use firefox and ad-blocker.
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If you look into the outfit that owns this forum and see all the other forums they also run you will realize that advertising is how they make their money. If you use a program like Ghostery, you will see that TSF, specifically, has 7 things tracking you. You rarely get anything for free, not even the chance to dispense free advice.
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I've already said that I appreciate that TSF require the funding from adverts.

The point I was trying to make was that it can appear to those not so wise or experienced, that because a forum like TSF was advertising it the way it is - some may consider it safe to use.

Would anyone who has responded in this thread recommend using any tune up program that has full access to the registry ?
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Would anyone who has responded in this thread recommend using any tune up program that has full access to the registry ?
I wouldn't use any tune up software, period.
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not sure if tsf has control over the advertisements. I normally do not see any ads on tsf unless I am not logged in - which is very seldom. I have seen the mentioned ad in the past and always thought how contradictory it was when compared with the advice given here. then I move on.
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Most sites like this one use Google Ad Sense or similar providers, site owners have no say over specific ads as Google uses site info(like posts and thread titles) to determine what ads should run and the frequency of a ad.

As for using reg cleaners and tune up programs no we don not recommend them most of the time they do no harm but don't do much good either, once in a while a poorly written one will harm registry settings or remove .dlls needed to run certain programs.
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not sure if tsf has control over the advertisements. I normally do not see any ads on tsf unless I am not logged in - which is very seldom. I have seen the mentioned ad in the past and always thought how contradictory it was when compared with the advice given here. then I move on.
That's pretty much how I viewed it but just thought I'd comment on it because of the danger it poses to the unwary.
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Tomken15 brings up a valid point about advertisements. This site uses Google ads among others. I Googled "HDMI pinout" recently and then got an ad here for a certain brand of HDMI cables. Some people might think that the site is specifically advertising that brand as a recommendation.

TSF does make it nice for users in the "working" part of the forums as there are no ads other than on the main page.

Looking at properties of the ads on the main page here, I noticed one by ad.doubleclick.net. I was surprised to find that doubleckick is now a subsidiary of Google, as I always considered it spyware and purged its cookies as soon as I found them on my system.
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Tomken15 brings up a valid point about advertisements. This site uses Google ads among others. I Googled "HDMI pinout" recently and then got an ad here for a certain brand of HDMI cables. Some people might think that the site is specifically advertising that brand as a recommendation.

TSF does make it nice for users in the "working" part of the forums as there are no ads other than on the main page.

Looking at properties of the ads on the main page here, I noticed one by ad.doubleclick.net. I was surprised to find that doubleckick is now a subsidiary of Google, as I always considered it spyware and purged its cookies as soon as I found them on my system.
doubleclick has been a part of google for years. IMO, it is spyware but it is something you just cannot get rid of because as soon as you access a webpage, it's back.

I do agree, the ads do seemed to be a recommendation. maybe there should be a sticky about ads in general on tsf
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as has been said, don't use any registry fixer or any of that crap, they just screw things up. If your system aint working right its usually something you have done, its finding what you did that screwed it up so you can fix it.

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