Odd Ad Behavior

The image below is a particular ad that is being displayed on Woot listings and it behaves oddly. First off it can bypass my ad blocker while most can’t, and when it is used on a page, the page auto scrolls to the bottom of the page so that you are forced to view the ad. Is this known behavior?

It’s concerning that it can manipulate my browser this way.


Wow. Not sure? I’ll ask around about how to get that ad removed from our rotation.

Thanks. BTW - I got “scrolled” by this same ad 6 times just since I started this thread…

Ok, we think we got it removed from the line-up. If it reoccurs, let me know, I may need the landing page URL at that point.

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I was only worried because, I’ve never seen a banner ad manipulate a browser in this manner. In fact, I tried some Google searching and found nothing. So either I couldn’t describe adequately it in a search phrase, or it’s new thing…

Thanks again :slight_smile:

Yeah, that’s what bothered me about it as well. We might see more like when they figured out how to do auto play/audio.

Oops. latest BOC page. More scrolling…

Let’s give it 24 hours for it to populate through the system. Also, clear your cache.

It’s back and it’s doing the same thing.

Since when do you guys allow scripts in ads? That doesn’t seem like a very good idea. Used to be a banner ad was just a simple JPG or PNG with a hyperlink.

We love stupid ads that anger our customers. /s

Of course we don’t allow it but they’re sneaking b* and are good at getting around things.

Now, could you right click and save that link.

If you’re feeling REALLY brave, could you give me the landing page link.

Thank you!

It’s back… Showed up twice on the Woot home page. Here’s the link the ad will send you to (I didn’t click it) and a screen grab of the ad near the bottom of the home page.

EDIT: In just 10 minutes this ad showed up on 6 different listings.


As a quick follow-up. This ad is showing up on over 50% of the pages I viewed on Woot this morning. I just saw a page that had it displayed in 3 different places. I stopped counting at 24 today alone.

Egads. Thanks! I’ve sent it to the ad team so they can dig deeper into what they need to ban.

Just wanted to follow-up.

I have AdBlock running in my browser and it was allowing this particular ad through as originating from a “trusted source”. I finally just set AdBlock to block ALL ads. That stopped the ad from showing up, but it’s a global setting, so all websites are affected.

A few days ago I re-enabled the “allow trusted sources” option.

The Gift of Clean Water ad is once again displaying on about 50% of the Woot pages I view (they must be paying for a heavy rotation), but it appears to no longer be forcing a page scroll.

Strange bc we’ve blocked it two different ways. They must be rotating their landing pages as well.

The ad isn’t showing on my laptop.
I’d dump all cookies & clear cache again.

Yep. I just saw it 4 more times viewing just 6 pages. And I have completely flushed the browser cache using CCleaner. The screen grab pasted below is from today’s alkaline battery sale page.

Below is the link the ad links to (I can’t paste the link directly because your forum editor will attempt to open the site which could get me saddled with a cookie I don’t want…


That’s the same link as last time and we’ve banned that. I think there’s something on your side? Not getting complaints for any others.

Something on my side? Not sure how that’s possible. But, you guys would be more familiar with your digital marketing processes. Do your ad clients use some sort of IP address capture that allows them to track your customers and target ads to our computer (via Woot) even after Woot has banned the ad? That would be kinda creepy. I did run CCleaner on my system and had it remove ALL cookies, so I wouldn’t think it’s just an overly persistent cookie.

Well, no big deal I guess. I figure I’m going to keep visiting Woot and buying stuff regardless of any ad revenue they need to serve up to help keep the lights on :w_worried:

If it starts repositioning you on the page again, we’ll follow through. Unfortunately though, that link is the same one I sent over and it was banned. I’m not sure sending it again is going to do anything. :\ But I will.