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  1. I've learned to not scroll down that far. Truly disgusting.

    1. Adblock

      Oh, and CH doesn't get to pick the ads that show up.

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      1. re: carolinadawg

        Yes, I thought I had but I have since reinstalled Adblock Plus and it's now working. Again.

        1. re: carolinadawg

          If CH isn't in charge of their own advertising, who is?

            1. re: ChillyDog

              Chow is a client of an outfit called "Outbrain.com", that provides content to a whole host of different websites. You can see their link below the From Around the Web content - "Recommended by" and a tiny icon.

          1. My first post on Chowhound, which I have been visiting for quite awhile. Too bad it's in agreement with something that isn't flattering about this site. Personally, I'm tired of seeing the ad for the 2014 Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival!

              1. re: carolinadawg

                I never see ads on my PC where AdBlock works. Unfortunately I haven't found anything available to do the same on an iPhone.

              2. Chilly dog - Most web advertising is pushed out to websites in a customized fashion based on your individual internet use. Companies that do this include Google. The owner of the website isn't aware of which user sees which ads...I've never seen most of the ads people complain about.

                The following provides more information

                http://www.theatlantic.com/technology...

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                1. re: carolinadawg

                  So the OP's question really ought to be "what have I been searching for or conversing about that has resulted in me seeing this scary ads."

                  1. re: tcamp

                    Yes, by and large that's true. No comment on what ads I see, lol.

                    1. re: tcamp

                      Thanks, for the life advice but I didn't have a question.

                      1. re: ChillyDog

                        Well, actually you did.

                        "If CH isn't in charge of their own advertising, who is?"

                        I've noticed a few posts from Mods asking for details on 'offending' ads, and also a couple of comments to the effect that they can modify what shows up. It's pretty clear that some ads I see on sites are directly related to searches I've done recently, and not on the site where the ad shows up. Big brother?

                        1. re: Midlife

                          Big brother?

                          Yes. Or at a minimum, targeted one-to-one advertising, with some ad placement companies doing it better than others. It's the way of the world for Internet advertising. Only way around it is AdBlock Plus.

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            <"...targeted one-to-one advertising...">

                            In my case, for the short time I saw them, someone in those advertising depts. was doing a really rotten job of targeting. LOL Certainly no bull's-eyes.

                            1. re: Gio

                              Yup, not all of them are decent at their targeting, OR the ads are just being served to as broad a spectrum as possible - which usually isn't what the client wants and not what they paid for.

                    2. re: carolinadawg

                      So if I hadn't been reading celebrity gossip and articles that mock Walmart customers, I wouldn't be seeing these? That's what you're saying?

                      The feminine hygiene products one (others have complained about this) just popped up. Trust me, I have not been reading anything on that subject either.

                      1. re: ChillyDog

                        I never claimed the companies that push the ads do a good job, necessarily. :-)

                        1. re: ChillyDog

                          Aw, I'm just joshing. I keep seeing a horrible picture of a reddish cauliflower with a huge slice out of it. It looks like brain surgery gone horribly wrong. I did recently search for cauliflower rice recipes.

                          Also, no comment on the fat reduction pics.

                          Ad pushing is definitely not a fully mature proposition. I have ad block at home but can't install on my work computer.

                      2. install ABP and tweak it. you'll never see rubbish again.

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                        1. re: Pata_Negra

                          Again............. ABP does not seem to have a version that works on iPhones. Does any ad-block software?

                          I'm getting really sick of that horrendous pic of what I assume is Kelly Osbourne. I'm afraid to click on it to find out. ;o]

                          1. re: Midlife

                            There are several ad blockers for iPhone. Google "AdBlock for iOS " for starters.

                          1. I know I'm probably a minority opinion, and it certainly has to do with the ads/stories I see, but I do actually click on them from time to time.

                            What makes me cuckoo is when I've finished reading a thread and then clicked on the back button, and I *just* catch one I'd like to read; but when I go back to the thread page, no matter how many times I refresh, it's gone forever. Other ads/stories show up again and again, but the one I was curious about, no.