[svn.haxx.se] · SVN Dev · SVN Users · SVN Org · TSVN Dev · TSVN Users · Subclipse Dev · Subclipse Users · this month's index

Re: WARNING: Misleading advertisement on tortoisesvn.net home page

From: Simon Large <simon.tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2012 08:05:33 +0100

On 21 July 2012 02:05, Philip <pjsg-tigris_at_nospam.gladstonefamily.net> wrote:
> I just got tricked into installing malware on my windows system by the advertisement at the top of the tortoisesvn.net home page. This *looks* just like the download link, but it leads you into places you don't really want to go.
> One system restore later, it looks as though I have most things up and running again...

Hi Philip,

I'm sorry you've had this experience. However. the ads are something
which have been discussed at length on this mailing list and the
bottom line is that we need them in order to keep the project going.
The reasons are outlined in the FAQ here:


As you will notice if you look on the page, the ads are surrounded
with a border marked "Advertisement", so although their designers try
to make them look like mouse magnets, we have also tried to mark out
what they are. You will find the same sort of advertising on
SourceForge itself when you click on our real download link.
Unfortunately it's the way the internet is right now.

Exactly what is advertised is selected by google, so if what you
unintentionally installed was malware then you can report this to
google. as the advertiser would be in breach of their terms of
service. Unfortunately I can't do that for you as the ads depend on
location and google history.


:       ___
:  oo  // \\      "De Chelonian Mobile"
: (_,\/ \_/ \     TortoiseSVN
:   \ \_/_\_/>    The coolest Interface to (Sub)Version Control
:   /_/   \_\     http://tortoisesvn.net
To unsubscribe from this discussion, e-mail: [users-unsubscribe_at_tortoisesvn.tigris.org].
Received on 2012-07-23 09:06:15 CEST

This is an archived mail posted to the TortoiseSVN Users mailing list.

This site is subject to the Apache Privacy Policy and the Apache Public Forum Archive Policy.