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What seems like pop under advertising is interfering with my video with irritating invisible video ads that shouldn't be there as a premium member.

So far i've had Vanish cleaner, the reasons why I shouldn't assist some friend in need financially by 2 women with a letter, and some cast about Kim Kardashian I couldn't care less about, all marketed to me, audibly, OVER the anime episodes playing.




Along with slowing down the page, before that, they shouldn't even be there to begin with as I am a premium member.


I already acknowledge that at current this only seems to be affecting activity on the Chrome browser, and that Internet Explorer does not have this issue, (I've checked the networking and see no issues), but this is still a big problem... those sorts of ads shouldn't even be there in the first place even for non premium members. Cutting into an episode is one thing, but sounding out over the top of an episode is something completely different!!

If replicatable, please fix.
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I found it... a Chrome extension appears to have been the culprit. it was quite an old one that I've never had any problems with at all untill now. Seems it was dumping ads into the pages, this is the first time it started doing this though which is really odd. I don't have any ad blocks setup for crunchyroll, and so this was the result.

... apparently similar malicious plugins/extensions would replace the site advertising with advertising of their own.

Sorry for any ill thoughts that may have come through in the previous post. It took a while to isolate the offending plugins, since I haven't installed any new ones in years and it was hard to believe the ones I had still enabled were, in fact, the cause.
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Could you tell us which plugin(s) caused this?
It might help others experiencing similar problems.
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mvirgilio wrote:

I found it... a Chrome extension appears to have been the culprit. it was quite an old one that I've never had any problems with at all untill now. Seems it was dumping ads into the pages, this is the first time it started doing this though which is really odd. I don't have any ad blocks setup for crunchyroll, and so this was the result.

... apparently similar malicious plugins/extensions would replace the site advertising with advertising of their own.

This has been an issue with Chrome as of late, taking advantage of it allowing automatic updating of plug-ins. In one case a plug-in developer sold their plug-in for an attractive price, but later discovered the company that purchased it pushed out an update that effectively turned it into adware.

More on this:

http://www.zdnet.com/firms-buy-popular-chrome-extensions-to-inject-malware-ads-7000025342/

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/01/malware-vendors-buy-chrome-extensions-to-send-adware-filled-updates/

http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/1vir7a/chrome_extensions_are_being_bought_out_by_malware/

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Posted 3/6/14 , edited 3/6/14

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mvirgilio wrote:

I found it... a Chrome extension appears to have been the culprit. it was quite an old one that I've never had any problems with at all untill now. Seems it was dumping ads into the pages, this is the first time it started doing this though which is really odd. I don't have any ad blocks setup for crunchyroll, and so this was the result.

... apparently similar malicious plugins/extensions would replace the site advertising with advertising of their own.

This has been an issue with Chrome as of late, taking advantage of it allowing automatic updating of plug-ins. In one case a plug-in developer sold their plug-in for an attractive price, but later discovered the company that purchased it pushed out an update that effectively turned it into adware.

More on this:

http://www.zdnet.com/firms-buy-popular-chrome-extensions-to-inject-malware-ads-7000025342/

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/01/malware-vendors-buy-chrome-extensions-to-send-adware-filled-updates/

http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/1vir7a/chrome_extensions_are_being_bought_out_by_malware/



This explains a lot, especially the linked content. The extension was a button to access the chrome pluggins, adding an icon next to the menu (because although the chrome menu has an option for "Extensions" it does NOT have one for "pluggins"... though it does have a page). It had a reasonable sized user base and a function that was simple enough that a bookmark could probably have achieved the same result (though I didn't realize that back then), was probably an easy sell for the author.

It had already been removed from the web store by the time I checked it.
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