Nasty Adverts – BE GONE!

Hi Folks,

Different adverts are shown on StatCounter in different parts of the world.

So, here in StatCounter HQ, we don’t actually get to see every single advert shown to our members.

We were VERY annoyed last night to discover that some nasty adverts had crept onto the StatCounter site… Please accept our apologies for this.

We HATE nasty site-invading ads and we don’t want them on StatCounter.

nasty advert

HUGE thanks are due to StatCounter member Mike Miller for alerting us to this problem and helping us to put it right ASAP.

Cheers Mike 😉

StatCounter advertising revenue is used to fund our free service – but we only want the nicest, best behaved ads on our site…

Nasty Adverts – BE GONE!!


  1. Hi guys,
    I am in Canada, and was getting ads. I too thought it was part of the service.
    I will keep an eye out as you suggest, screen shot and source code if I see them again.
    Thanks for the great service … it and your fantastic stat setup brought us into upgrading our accounts.
    Philip E.

  2. I hope that this means that you will be getting rid of that infuriating, intrusive, unwelcome, take-over-the-screen ad from

    I make a point of never doing business with companies that pay for intrusive advertising. Guess who will not be getting my business.

    Anti Spam

    StatCounter Team Response:


    There shouldn’t be any “take-over-the-screen ads” on StatCounter – if you see one, please let us know and we will deal with it straight away.

    As we say in the blog post, we don’t see every single advert shown to our members, so we depend on you guys to let us know if you see anything untoward.

    Thanks for your comment!

    PS: Tried to send you an email on this, but it came back failed.

  3. Cheers Statcounter. you offer a great service and its good to here you are always on top of things like this.

    — Phil

  4. There was a time a few months back when Tribalfusion was dropping in interstitial ads, most annoying, pop-up blockers wouldn’t block them. I don’t know if what some have seen lately was the same thing. I had reported those and they were gone instantly. Never seen them or any others again.

    But they must be geo-targeting if they are back at the old dirty tricks.

  5. Never had a problem myself, but I did download a hosts file couple of months back that had EVERY statcounter address in it, which prevented any of my own browsers from displaying my statcounter, and it also prevented all images in statcounter to load.

    I only realised the host file was to blame after going though the hundreds of sites that are listed within it. The site was, I think, tagged as being spyware. I removed all statcounter entries and the images now load including the counter, but how many other people have this in their host file, which would prevent the counter taking a hit wouldn’t it?

    I’ll look for the address I downloaded this hosts file from should you wish to see it yourself.

    Other than that, keep up the fine work on the service, its the best one i’ve used so far that works well with mobiles. (my site is primary aimed at, and used mostly by, mobile users which explains the low number of images).

  6. To the Statcounter Team:

    Thanks for taking the high road on this guys; those invasive ads from a certain car company were beyond annoying, they disrupted work flow.

    We have used Statcounter since inception and swear by it.

    We’ll do our best to support your future growth, and you’ll be hearing from us.

    Best and cheers,

  7. Nice job, guys. We continue to place a high level of trust in your service. This, coupled with your response to the recent attempt to buy off your cookies, continues to reinforce our decision.


  8. No nasty ads here in the UK as far as I can see. Just to repeat what many are saying…great service! Many thanks.

  9. I’ve seen some of those ads quite a few times on Statcounter, they drop down across a major portion of the page. They always seemed to be for auto manufacturers. They are annoying and seem to be everywhere these days, not just here.

    Thanks for the great service guys, I own a small webdesign company and I always set up all my customers with a Statcounter account for their new websites. That’s roughly 200 new signups for your service in just the last couple years.

  10. I was really a satisfied customer of statcounter service, its straight forward, easy to umderstand. However I was forced to remove statcounter code from my website when I saw a famous antispyware software (Spybot search and Destroy) giving a bad tag to statcounter cookies and showing it as a spying cookies.

    Any explanation to this pls as I still want to use statcounter over any other service no matter how much popularised and endorsed.

    StatCounter Team Response

    Hi MHK,

    StatCounter is NOT spyware, but sometime we are incorrectly labelled as that. We use a single cookie to track unique visitors to your site – and this information is provided to you and only you.

    If you need any further information, just let us know. We’d love to keep you as a member!

    All the best,

    The StatCounter Team

  11. StatCounter definitivamente tiene gente grande detrás, en su equipo.
    Bien hecho!
    Sigan así!!!

  12. Unfortunately, these tactics do work and people (presumably net newbies) click through and some presumably make a purchase based on this kind of marketing. As long as it brings in returns, advertisers will use this type of ploy, and there are always new internet users.

    Statcounter have taken the responsible approach by protecting visitors from this type of rubbish – well done!

  13. I believe these kind of ads are called “dynamic” ads or “dynamic” pop-ups. You’d think advertisers would learn by now just how much people hate those things. If anything, to me it’s anti-advertising; the more annoying the advert, the less likely I am to use the product or service they’re shilling!

  14. Amazing. I hated those ads (usually for some car company) but figured it was the type of nuisance I was supposed to put up with.

    It’s very impressive that StatCounter is so responsive to something that is simply annoying. This is a service that understands how important the user experience is.

  15. Well done guys and keep up the good work.

    We don’t mind the ads because the service is free

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