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Jul 12, 2012 06:31 PM

Can't use "back" button because of ""

You've got some sort of marketing tracking redirect installed in the background that messes up using basic navigation. Every so often, I'll try to just go back a page, and my history view in IE shows an endless string of "" url's. Only way out is to refresh. Very annoying.

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  1. Lemme see what I can find out about this strange behavior. I haven't heard of this one before!


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    1. re: mudaba

      This is driving me crazy also. It's like having spyware.

    2. Same for me.

      Also, I haven't had a "new" banner for the last several days. In addition, I can no longer access my saved boards, nor can I recreate, as the "star" no longer functions on the boards I originally saved.

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      1. re: peppergal

        Just checked back, and "new" flags now appear, as well as "My Saved Boards".


      2. "Back" button still not working -- with same string of '" url's mentioned by sbp.

        1. I'm working on figuring this out, but in the meantime I googled this and found this as well:

          It sounds as though this could be spyware and unrelated to anything on CHOW?

          Not a conclusive answer, and as I say, I'm still working on it, but wanted to share that.


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          1. re: mudaba

            I also researched online, and it appears to be related to an ad server which supplies the ads on the site. I use malwarebytes, among other anti-spam and anti-virus, and they don't detect it as malware. See:


            1. re: sbp

              You're right, sbp. It sounds like the ad operations team have tracked down the ad that this issue is connected to, and have blocked it. I'm awaiting more information from them about it, such as, will blocking it stop users from experiencing this issue immediately?

              More as I hear it,


              1. re: mudaba

                Thanks, Meredith and sbp, for your research on this. I'm totally techno-illiterate and don't know much more than working/not working. It seems that on Chowhound, on my computer, at least, things switch back and forth. Sometimes the "back" button works; sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes the "new" flag works; sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes "my saved boards" appears; sometimes it doesn't.

                It's annoying, but I try to wing it. Thanks for anything you can find out. And sorry I can't help.

            2. Thanks for helping us characterize this problem. We've identified this problem as being related to a few ads that have made it through our ad network. The problem only impacts IE users. We have suppressed the ads we have identified, and we're working to see if there are more guilty ads. If you happen to come across this problem again, it would be helpful if you took a screen shot to help us identify the offending advertiser. Some tips on taking screen shots can be found here:

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              1. re: meshane

                No problem. I use the snipping tool in Windows 7 for screen shots, though the offending url is only visible when the pull down menu is accessed from right clicking the back button. When you screen shot this, you have to let go of the right click and it doesn't "take." Or are you interested in the actual ads displayed in the various frames around the page?

                1. re: sbp

                  We're interested in the ads which appear on the page when you run into the problem. Sorry that I wan't clear about that the first time.

                  - Shane

                    1. re: tlubow

                      Hi tlubow,

                      Just to confirm, is this a screen capture of a case where you ran into this problem, or are you just testing. If you are reporting a case of a disruptive ad, thank you very much; this is helpful.

                      For future reference, it would be good to capture all 4 ads on the page, even if it take 3 or 4 screen shots. Also, it would be helpful if you could avoid having the menu dropdowns block part of the top ad.

                      - Shane

                      1. re: meshane

                        This is the actual page (or top of it) when it happened. I will try to capture some additional screen shots for you - it shouldn't be a problem, because this happens to me 1 of every 5 times I'm trying to go back to the previous page.'s so frustrating - especially when you're doing a search, because you have to start the search over again.