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. Unfortunatly ads on the web are becoming increasing common, simply as they are the easiest way to make money. As with spam i think there if definately a market to create filters.

    Anyway, good work you guys!

  2. I’ve seen those ads and they pale in comparison to others even on family oriented websites. There has got to be a way to filter out those ads. I too had the same issue awhile back and sent a complaint to those responsible. Never got a reply. I now only have text adverts on my site.


  3. You guys are doing a very good job. Ads are OK. I have not seen any nasty ones. I do not understand. you have adsense ads displayed. And in my understanding google does not allow adult advertising.
    All in all thank you for your service and I do not have any problems with your ads.
    Just keep it up

    StatCounter Team Response:
    Hi Matt,

    We have actually had trouble with unsavoury ads from Google from time to time… plus we do run other ad networks also.

    Thanks for your comment!

  4. I just wanted to take this opportunity to tell you guys how much I appreciate your site! Even the FREE version overdelivers! I haven’t seen any nasty ads in my neck of the woods, and I must admit to being somewhat of a stat junkie. I love your site, and now that I think about it I think I need to do a post on your site and send some traffic your way!!
    Thanks again,

  5. Good day,

    Statcounter is my favorite website analytics and stats service. You guys are doing a wonderful job to ensure quality service.

    Although I haven’t seen any issues with the ads displayed at Statcounter, however, as far as I understand, it is Google Adsense ads that show up on top and sidebar of Statcounter website. It is strange that Google didn’t filter bad adverts? May be some may have slipped through.

    If anyone is complaining about any issues with advertisements, it is unfair. Statcounter delivers Google Adsense ads. It is Google’s duty to filter nasty ads and deliver only quality advertisements.

    The bottom line, I love statcounter because it is the best website analytics service. I have been using Statcounter since years. I wrote a review of best web analytics services at my website and Statcounter is included in the list.

    Rock on guys!


    StatCounter Team Response:
    Andy – thanks!

    Appreciate your kind comments and understanding.

    All the best!

  6. I must be extremley lucky as up to now (fingers crossed) I have not encountered a Trojan. I run Vista Ultimate with Avant Browser and Avast anti-virus. Those with Windows Defender seem to protect me well. I have never had any problem with Statcounter other than sometimes it is a bit slow loading. Thank you for this brilliant free Service.


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