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!


  1. Honestly, i don’t think this is that problematic, 1.) i did not notice any ads that i found offensive/nasty in any way and 2.) if it helps you pay your bills, i don’t think the majority of the statcounter users would complain as long as the pricing structure stays the way it is…

  2. Really sad things like this happen to such a good product and such great people who care and work hard to keep things moving in the right direction. I haven’t noticed anything like this and I’m always checking. But thanks in advance.

  3. The kinky ads, i havent spotted them, and i am on 2times/day. Oh and you could put more ads, some other tipes not just google ads. i am clicking them, because they are intresting. (i don`t want to help you 😀 )

  4. How about removing the flash ads
    with pornographic woman ad images (seems a gaming site once you click on it)

    StatCounter Team Response:
    Hi Pantarei,

    Please follow the instructions in the blog and report any unsavoury ads directly to us. For quick assistance, please contact support directly using this form.

    We would be happy to investigate and remove any ads that contravene our “family-friendly” policies.

    Thanks so much!

  5. I haven’t seen anything too racy or pornographic. There are flash ads that move across the screen and block my links though.

    I have tried to click on your ads in the past at random, as I know that’s essential to you guys generating income. This is such a fabulous service, and I want to support it, but on principle I don’t do anything more than close my browser if those annoying exploding/moving ads show up.

    Best to you guys and thanks again!

    StatCounter Team Response:
    Hi Gregoire,

    We know how frustrating it is to have these kind of expanding ads block the screen so we don’t want our members to have to put up with them. We do allow some user controlled ads, but no ads should expand across your page automatically. If one of these auto-expanding ads slips through our filters, please let us know ASAP.

    Please follow the instructions in the blog and report the ad directly to us using this form.

    Thanks so much!

  6. never seen such ads.. btw thanks for the superb application.. i log in to statcounter like everyday

  7. Yeah, that’s the proper solution. Kick ’em with your banhammer, folks!

  8. Thank you for this information. This is very helpfull for me.
    I hope what steve affraid was it is not happend to any other.

  9. I’ve been using statcounter for more than 3 years and been looking into it fore even more, but i’ve never had this kind of incident.

    Will definitely let you know if anything like this happens.

  10. Hey well I admire the fact that you guys are doing the right thing and posting it instead of trying to cover it up as much as possible like a lot of folks may have done. That shows integrity which is important for sure.

  11. Thanks, I didn’t see one but am thankful for your quick response as my children use this site. Once again you have outdone yourselves statcounter team!


  12. I didn’t see any nasty ads 🙁
    No idea about it, seeing only google ads. Cool effort as usual from statcounter.


  13. I only ever see Google AdSense ads on StatCounter site, and they’re always very clean and nice. I guess that’s due to country targeting.

  14. While we’re at it, can we get rid of the expandable flash ads and the audio ads? Thanks much!

    StatCounter Team Response:
    Hi there,

    We don’t actually allow ANY ads which AUTOMATICALLY expand or make noise on the site… we find these kind of ads annoying too so we don’t permit them on StatCounter. We do allow some user controlled ads, but by definition these ads are in your control and shouldn’t exaond of make noise without your input. If one of these auto-expanding/noisey ads slips through our filters, please let us know ASAP.

    Please follow the instructions in the blog and report the ad directly to us using this form.

    Thanks so much!

  15. All I can see is google adsense and I don’t think they have those nasty ads. Is it possible for you to share the ads or the network? It might be useful to some of us.

    Anyways, kudos to SC for your awesome service!

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