Attack of Nasty Ads!


As different adverts are shown on StatCounter in different parts of the world, here in StatCounter HQ, we don’t actually get to see every single advert shown to our members… and although we try hard to screen all ads BEFORE they are are shown on StatCounter, some nasty ads do slip through the net

nasty-ad-small1In the last 24 hours we have heard reports that some nasty auto-expanding ads have been shown on StatCounter. We do apologise for this. We are investigating this with a view to removing all offending adverts ASAP and thanks are due to StatCounter members Gordon and Tony for their quick action in alerting us to this issue.

While we rely on our advertising revenue to fund our free service, we only want the nicest, best behaved ads on our site. Thanks for your patience as we work to fix this issue.

We believe we have traced and removed the source of the offending ads. Please post here if you continue to see any nasty ads and give us the following information:

• Ad position – top or side
• url where ad is being seen
• screenshot of ad
• geo location where ad was seen
• Click url of ad

Please also take a screenshot of the ad and we will contact you directly to retrieve the image from you. Many thanks!

123 comments on “Attack of Nasty Ads!

  1. This is not a nasty ad, but it seems to be completely fraudulent.

    http ://

    The ad appeared as the top banner on the StatCounter page. The advertiser sells plans for a perpetual motion machine, even using the phrase “perpetual Motion” in their ad. For $197 they will sell you the plans to build your own perpetual motion machine, running on magnets.

    I’m an electronics professional and a physics buff and I know that’s impossible, but there are an awful lot of people who don’t know, and can be suckered into contributing to this scheme. For $197 they’re selling the proverbial free lunch.

    I’ve taken screen shots and can post them to you if you like. And I do want to thank you for your very fine service. I’ve been using StatCounter since 2004, and I keep recommending you to all my friends who run websites and blogs. Thank you!

    StatCounter Team Response:

    Thanks Daniel – these ads should be gone now!

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