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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 Chow.com. 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.

              2. Yep, me too I thought that had gone the way of the dodo, and I don't know if it's because I updated my firefox, but the thing is back, floating all over the screen, until I close it.

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                1. re: im_nomad

                  Gah, I just got two different floaters within 5 minutes. Enough already.

                  1. re: grayelf

                    I even tried taking the dang survey, but it comes back - like a bad blister!

                2. And now I just got an annoying roll-down ad coming from the header, which rolls down if I scroll over it. Good lord these ads that intrude are getting annoying!
                  Didn't you get it that we didn't like the girl climbing into the TV? Now highly annoying moving ads are back as well as drop down menus.
                  Sheesh people! Can't you get ad revenue without doing this and using a lot of bandwidth to load and run all this Flash/video crap?

                  1. Added Ad Blocker Plus to Firefox on Windows XP and it didn't stop them. Do I win a teddy bear if I shoot one of them in flight?

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                    1. re: Midlife

                      A kewpie doll, but you have to hit 3 n a row... ;-D>

                    2. Now we have the Visa ad which flops down and covers up the navbar! Great!
                      A little hard to navigate around Chowhound without dealing with the ad.
                      This sucks! Don't you vet these ads at all?

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                      1. re: Scargod

                        Hasn't that been the Visa ad campaign for years?
                        It's everywhere you want to be. :)

                        1. re: Scargod

                          It's odd that we all get different "versions." The Visa one only drops down my screen when my cursor is over it. Otherwise, it stays put :)

                          1. re: Scargod

                            Here is what I just saw on my screen and I could not get it to go away. It was frozen there and I could not close the ad! It blocked my being able to access the navbar.
                            This is in Google Chrome. I had to close the tab.

                            1. re: Scargod

                              Isn't that peculiar??? With the "bouncing ball" I can just close it or it goes away in 15 seconds. And with this, it only shows if the cursor is over it. Did you say ad blocker software didn't help? If *I* had the problems you're having it would make me crazy(er) also.

                              1. re: c oliver

                                Are you suggesting I'm making this stuff up? I think you are just saying I'm crazy...
                                Try a Google Chrome pill. Perhaps it will make you crazier.

                                1. re: Scargod

                                  Scar, I'm DEFINITELY not suggesting that you''re making it up or that you're any crazier than usual :) I don't even know what Google Chrome IS. Is that anything like Centrum Silver??? x,c

                          2. I haven't had the problem while on CH, but do experience elsewhere. At times, I can't get rid of the thing. The worst part is that it usually floats right in the middle of the juicy part of an article. Do they do it on purpose? I mean, float to the side, the bottom, etc., but stay out of the middle. Damn ads.