Creepy.

Wife goes on to a motel booking site and looks at motels in a certain area. No booking made.
Then she goes to Facebook and logs on, and an ad for one of the motels appears on her wall.
Hours later I go on to the MetVUW site and all the popup ads are for motels in the same area, the same ones she was looking at.
I thought each site was independent of the other but there seems to be some kind of mastermindware taking control here.
Have I got a virus or something, or is this some kind of malicious adware?

geek_lalbagh, Apr 3, 8:13 pm

nope. just google tracking what you do and visit and throwing up relevant ads as always.

geek_brycer, Apr 3, 8:16 pm

Google saves what you search and then shows you relevant ads.

Although if it's actually posted to her wall, then there's something dodgy. But nothing can post to your wall unless you give it permission.

If it's just an ad to the side of the page, it's just an ad.

geek_mazdasix, Apr 3, 8:33 pm

Had the same problem after looking up hire campers for Perth and motels. Been inundated ever since with ads from everyone.

geek_camper18, Apr 3, 8:54 pm

Thanks guys, that explains it

geek_lalbagh, Apr 3, 9:13 pm


Those sites are probably being tracked by Google adwords & the Facebook /Twitter buttons on the bottom of the face.

I run a tracker blocker called 'Ghostery' on all my browsers.
You can choose what you want to block or not & it's really simple to use

geek_mrfxit, Apr 4, 10:23 am

an adblocker of some description might be useful
adblock
adblock plus
adblock edge
.

geek_king1, Apr 4, 10:30 am


Do you personally run any of those?

geek_mrfxit, Apr 4, 10:43 am

Ghostery and Ad-block plus.

Overkill?

geek_sykotik_ninja, Apr 4, 10:51 pm

adblock and
adblock plus - just thought it might be useful for OP

geek_king1, Apr 5, 12:00 am

Remove cookies and browse in private mode.

geek_mr-word, Apr 7, 4:30 pm



Nope.
But if not using Ghostery, at least use the "do not track" flag that is available now in most browsers. Most of the more scrupulous ad agencies and trackers will respect it.

geek_oclaf, Apr 8, 10:39 am

Ghostery,Ad-block plus and noscript=safer www

geek_kwm30, Apr 8, 10:51 am

I just discovered Ghostery. Love it. But you have to block the tracking sites yourself by clicking ont he blue ghost symbol all the time

geek_katje, Feb 6, 4:20 am

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