Will be even better once they start applying the same rules to sites that offer legit packages, but bundle them up in their own crapware installers.
I'm looking at you, download.com
Google has taken aim at another class of internet scumware: the deceptive download buttons that infest advertising on places like free software directories. “Your computer is out of date!” ads and the like that take the unwary either to adware and/or malware installers - or worse - are in Google's sights. Lucas Ballard, the …
FFS Android is full of this crap."You have a new message" on every ad-supported app. It's a fundamental part of their app model.
If I install an app that turns out to have ads I tend to get rid of it straight away, but not everyone does. All of them come from Google's own play store, so they're the perpetrators, not the good guys.
Re: AC I suspect you of being an iPhone user. For several years there has been a policy on the Google play store that
"Apps and their ads must not display advertisements through system level notifications on the user’s device, unless the notifications derive from an integral feature provided by the installed app (e.g., an airline app that notifies users of special deals, or a game that notifies users of in-game promotions)."
While I'm not using Android as much as I was, I do find apps from the Play store are adhering to this policy and I've been able to turn off any notifications I wished within the app.
Nope. Only thing from Apple in my house is my wife's work iphone, which doesn't get to go on the LAN.
I'm not talking about the system notifications. I'm talking about the buttons on the bottom or top of the screen, much like those illustrated in the article, which tell you you have a message waiting. I saw one of these on Skype the other day. I block them at home through DNS but can't on the 4G network.
While I'm not 100% certain this is the correct definition and origin, it feels right
"A nautical expression indicating a water depth of 6 fathoms (36 feet, 10.97 metres) as measured by a sounding line; "deep six" acquired its idiomatic definition because something thrown overboard at or greater than this depth would be difficult, if not impossible, to recover."
The expression to "deep six" has a long, if not honourable history. In All the President's Men Woodward and Bernstein learn that one of Nixon's henchmen has suggested somebody should deep six a briefcase (IIRC). They're horrified that members of the US government talk like gangsters. Nowadays it might be less surprising.
for the past couple weeks, google 'freenas' and the first link to the freenas.org website is flagged as 'this site may be hacked'. I sure don't see anything bogus anywhere on their site.
sure,, as a site offering a popular opensource package, they have a download link on their home page, could that be it??
Also in the last couple of weeks when I was typing in www.hotmail.com it was redirecting to a microsoft live site (something like sc.live.com) which would then land you at the normal outlook email site (login.live.com). However in the process the sc. site was blocked by Google as being malicious.
So Google were blocking Microsoft.Not doing it today though)
I've become quite adept at noscript interpretation.
-> Google going after the dodgydownloadnow buttons is more than just a tad ironic. At sourceforge they seem to be served up by someone else, however if you chase both domain name and ip ranges, that be google tossing you crap downloads.
Not quite sure if this will clean things up - although the implication is that they'll let you *HIT* the button, but will toss the "ohnoes this be liers and tigers and bears territory" screen at you *after* you hit it.
Dodgy "download" button-ads have been a widely acknowledged blight on the web for years.
As a website owner, I actually removed Google ad panes completely from pages of mine which offer downloads of applets I've written, because I was worried users would be misled by the dodgy download button-ads (which were more prominent than my own links) and I didn't want the reputational damage.
In the last few days I've been seeing "driver update (recommended)" ads overlaying youtube videos.
Sort it out!
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