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. 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!

  2. I didn’t see any nasty ads, so it seems that everything is working fine 🙂
    All the best,

  3. I check my account everyday and don’t see any nasty ads anymore 🙂
    I think that this issue is fixed now.

    Keep up the good work 🙂

  4. What about increasing the size of logs? it’s the next step to increase the quality of the Statscounter Services…

  5. I’ve noticed that stuff I’ve been searching on in Google, car parts stuff, appears as ads on SC. I’m going to run adaware see if that clears it.

  6. I’ve read a few references to Google Adsense here. I just wanted to let everyone know, though google may not be evil, Adsense kind of is. They don’t care very much wether they show adds on your site that you disapprove of.

    Trying to ban such adds yourself is almost impossible without clicking them many times to track them through multiple redirects. But beware, this action WILL get you banned. (like it did to me)

    So what I am trying to say here is that if you find an Adsense ad that you would like StatCounter to get rid of, keep in mind that the StatCounter staff cannot click the ad to get it’s many redirect links. If you are able to provide these links to StatCounter, it will make it much easier for the StatCounter staff to get these ads removed.

    Thanks to all of you at StatCounter for such a great way to track my websites usage. I’ve tried other services, in two words, “they suck” compared to StatCounter.


  7. Just a little slow on the pages loading … But other than that everything is cool!
    Keep up the great work StatCounter!

  8. Thanks you guys, you are one of the best in industry.

    We love you guys thanks for an awesome service

  9. I love Statcounter. It’s a great way to see what people are googleing and how they made it to your site. I have it open all day and I keep an eye closely to responses from mailshots and advertising

    And your Irish!!

  10. Stat Counter is a beacon in a world of corporate poop .. I can speak from personal experience of the ethical treatment of their clients .. keep dealing Team Stats.

    Ireland rides high.


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