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Housekeeping: TTAG is Safe! Again. Still.

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We’ve been served a “programmatic” ad with malicious software. We’ve shut down all such ads until we can identify and eliminate the culprit. It does NOT put software onto your hard drive, but it will lock your browser. If so, DO NOT CALL THAT NUMBER! Close and reopen your browser. [Note: Although this is not strictly related to the issue we identified with your help, I recommend downloading and then running the free app formerly known as AdWare Medic on a regular basis.] You can now use TTAG in completely safety. We apologize for the inconvenience.


  1. Isn’t it about time to dump these crap add servers and get some sponsored adds from nra, goa, Brownells, Midway USA, Cabelas, SKD tactical, or other brand neutral vendors?

    1. avatar JR_in_NC says:


    2. avatar Robert Farago says:

      We have ad reps working on getting industry ads.

      The firearms industry is a bit behind the curve in terms of ad spend. We get more readers in two days than Guns & Ammo gets in a month. But the major players really like their $5k full page ads. A lot.

      Meanwhile, we “top up” with programmatic ads: ads that are served to your browser from a pool of advertisers according to your click history. They pay well enough. What more can I say? We have bills . . .

      1. avatar Roy says:

        wait a second… do the ads know what porn I watch?

        1. avatar Anonymous says:

          Yes. They have read your porn cookies.

        2. avatar vv ind says:

          Cookie porn?
          Huh, new to me. Sounds delicious.

        3. avatar Roy says:

          Cookie porn does sound kind of interesting… I’ll look into that.

        4. avatar Matt in FL says:

          “Cookie porn?”

          It’s out there. It’s called Rule 34. Look it up.

        5. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

          tina louise as “ginger snaps” with a troupe of keebler elves. “it’s the big, fig newton!”

      2. avatar Cherry says:

        Clear, inmivfatore, simple. Could I send you some e-hugs?

  2. avatar martin says:

    I use Adblock browser for that reason no ads no problem

  3. avatar vv ind says:

    Ok, Ill be that guy.
    Whats this have to do with guns?

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Whats this have to do with guns?”

      An excellent question, Grasshopper…

      While your browser locks up from that malicious code you are unable to absorb TTAG firearm wisdom.

      Is there anything more heinous than interfering with someone who wishes to absorb the wisdom of ‘The Truth About Guns’ ?

      (Cue sound of large Oriental Gong)

      1. avatar Roscoe says:

        Particularly when said wisdom comes accompanied with eye candy, and frequent links to extra special eye candy.

  4. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Thank you for being honest about it and attacking the malware.

  5. avatar Westward Ho says:

    Nope. Not fixed. Just had another one pop up off while reading TTAG. With an annoying audio message about spyware.

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Damn. Just shut off the last one. Should be fixed NOW.

      1. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

        Not at :25 minutes past the hour. Just shot you an email.

      2. avatar Anonymous says:

        Ok guys… just because your computer is riddled with adware that immediately takes your browser hostage as soon as you initiate the executable – doesn’t mean that adware comes from TTAG.

    2. avatar Mark Lloyd says:


  6. avatar Ralph says:

    What’s an “ad?”

    1. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

      It’s like addition for bad spellers.

  7. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    $20 says you can trace it to Bloomy. . . . .

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      $200 says you can trace it to an offshore scammer trying to make a fast buck. It’s not targeted at TTAG, it’s targeted at anybody who uses the same crappy ad service that TTAG inexplicably refuses to drop, even though the ads are annoying and security breaches like this happen every couple of months like clockwork.

  8. avatar Sian says:

    I’ve noticed the browser-crashing ads are still here, but much much fewer, so good job on that.

    1. avatar GRW says:

      So far first day I’ve browsed and not had a browser issue on here.

  9. avatar Docduracoat says:

    I love ttag
    I read it every day
    It is by far the worst web site for bugs, crashes, stopping and starting.
    I can’t use it all on my IPad and my laptop.
    Only my work computer and iPhone work with Ttag
    I would stop coming here, but it is the best site on the entire internet

    1. avatar Joe-in-NC says:

      adblock plus is your friend

  10. avatar Chris T from KY says:

    The anti gun hackers have struck.

    1. avatar Roscoe says:

      That would be a surprise to who?

  11. avatar Hannibal says:

    Thanks, noscript, from keeping me safe from such third party attacks…

  12. avatar John Fritz - HMFIC says:

    Firefox. Adblock. NoScript.

    Stay browsing, my friend.

  13. avatar SteveInCO says:

    TTAG seems to run better with adobe flash disabled. Even if you can’t run an ad blocker, you can probably disable flash (you can still enable it on a page-by-page basis, assuming that something you actually wanted to see needs it).

    1. avatar gp says:

      Everything runs better with Flash disabled. Turn it off now. TTAG: thanks for acknowledging your problems with malvertising, but you need to do a better job of preventing it in the first place.

  14. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Allrighty then-so that’s what was popping up. I told the wife weird BS was afoot but I wasn’t on a “bad” site. Good to know-we are loaded up security stuff but the new Kaspersky seems way too sensitive(or is it?)…

  15. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    just don’t use (lavasoft’s) “adaware.” pervasive, there is no provision for “uninstall” in the programs list. don’t ask how i know.

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