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Sep 8, 2009 11:20 AM

Floating-roaming new ad in my way

This is the lowest, cheapest, most invasive thing I have seen yet! This ad that scurrys around the screen wanting me to participate in a survey... and I thought it was about the Chow/Chowhound site...
Edit: now a second (different), one has suddenly fallen onto my screen! Annoying as hell!

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  1. Agree. I hate those damn ads.

      1. re: alanbarnes

        I have adblocker too. This one manages to bypass it.

        1. re: Chris VR

          Odd. I haven't seen it. Here's hoping that trend continues.

          1. re: alanbarnes

            I get them too. And if you try to "chase" it and click to get rid of it, the danged thing seems to scurry faster.

            1. re: grayelf

              I've actually managed to hit the "close" button -- or so I thought. You immediately get booted out of CH and sent off to some "take our survey" purgatory screen. Very low on Chow's part to allow this sort of thing.

              1. re: LNG212

                Although it has improved my skeet and trap shooting eye in my attempts to hit the little sucker "on the fly" as it were... ;-D>

                1. re: Servorg

                  ha! I guess I need more practice "target shooting" 'cause that sucker scoots across the screen so fast. :)

                2. re: LNG212

                  Interesting. I don't have ad blocker although if it bothered me all that much, I'd get it. But I have NO problem closing it and nothing further happens.

            2. re: Chris VR

              It had not appeared for a few months but reappeared yesterday and today a few times even though I have ad blocker. Annoying, isn't it?

          2. If there's a way to make me less likely to click on something, I have yet to encounter it.

            1. I don't get them after further restrictions on my blocker settings, and I have very antique equipment. The tradeoff is that I can't open threads when they reach about 120 posts because they are read as spam, but by then most useful info has been said.

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              1. re: Veggo

                What browser and what version are you using? A spam blocker? I may have to do a retrofit and go back in time...
                Oh, here's the "Twilight Zone" thing (or am I being gaslighted?): I haven't seen them lately.....

                1. re: Scargod

                  Veggo didn't answer, but I will. I'm running the most recent version of the Mozilla Firefox browser with the Ad Block Plus plug-in on a PC with an XP operating system. I've never seen these ads people are complaining about. In fact, since installing ABP I haven't seen a single ad on And I can view any size thread.

                  1. re: alanbarnes

                    I am remiss because I cannot say for sure which browser it was happening in (in the past). I just opened all three and it just happened in IE 8.0.6001.18702 and only IE. Also my navbar menus are sometimes not dropping down in IE!
                    I use Google Chrome more and more, yet it is not as compatible with websites as IE or Firefox. Previously I used Firefox (and Adblock), the most, but to have full functionality with all websites (especially banking and other online commerce), IE is a necessity. Facebook seems to work better with IE, too...
                    I think most developers design for maximum functionality with IE, the #1 browser, and others get short shrift. I'm pretty sure I am only seeing the ads show up when I open Chowhound/Chow in IE.

                    1. re: Scargod

                      I use Firefox and I see it.

                      It's enfuriating, because you rush to close it, and you have to wait and zero in.
                      Luckily I have a built in ad-blocker, which means the more it infurates it, the less attention I pay. I saw the word survey, but that's it.

                      1. re: Soop

                        Too funny. Just as I was about to reply here, it bounced down :) But what I get sits still and after 15 seconds (I timed it this time for scientific accuracy!) it went away. Not a BFD for me anyway.

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