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DeviantART takes all concerns on this topic very seriously and immediately implemented a number of changes to reduce the chance those type of ads would get served by our ad partners. These initial steps worked well, and we saw an instant drop in the number of instances and complaints from the community. However, we knew the fight wasn't over, so we've spent the last few months hard at work to build even greater defenses against those who run malicious ads on deviantART and elsewhere. We want to share a few of the initiatives under way, but because those people who spread malicious advertising are pretty savvy, we need to keep much of our work in stealth mode. You'll have to trust us that we're working behind the scenes to fight this issue on numerous fronts.


The first major step we took was hiring a third-party company to review our ads on an ongoing basis. This service looks at the ads on our pages and analyzes its source, as well as the ad itself. If the returning ad is anything that could be used to deliver a virus, malware, or evilness to your computer, it's flagged, and deviantART administrators are alerted instantly. Steps are then taken to remove the ad partner responsible for the bad ad, and a full review of how the bad ad made it into the rotation is conducted with the responsible ad partners. This service is a great monitoring and detection tool that should continue to limit malicious ad attacks in the future.


The second step we've taken was to become a member of a trade organization dedicated to preventing these sort of attacks. The Online Trust Alliance is an overarching group of companies dedicated to preventing and fighting all malicious activities that occur on the Web — from spam and identification theft, to bank fraud and malvertising. As a member of the O.T.A., deviantART is learning firsthand the scope of the bad ads issue, while also helping to shape industry standards to stamp out many of these threats to all Internet users. DeviantART's involvement in this organization will help us stay at the forefront of bad ad blocking and elimination.


And lastly, Devious Technology has been hard at work on a tool that will better allow us to identify and block ads that auto-play audio. We're really excited about the tool and have been testing it internally. If all continues to go well, we're considering distributing it on a wider basis.

In conclusion...

These steps, along with other efforts that are already under way, should create a safer and more enjoyable experience for all deviantART members and visitors. We've made great progress over the past few months, and we'll keep hard at work to ensure a safe and friendly user experience on deviantART.


Screenshot of deviantART Report Ad Button
Screenshot of deviantART Report Ad Button Devious Technology has created a tool that allows us to better identify and block bad ads.  We're currently testing it internally and are considering our options to expand its usage.


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ShikakuraxMakaairan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I keep getting a page telling me to update my Flash Player. It's very annoying.
chibichiquita Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Just this last days I've been bombed with them:…………………

All of these were recieved within a day, and it's very frustrating. I hope DA  take this as serious as they claim!
DFX4509B Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ABP + ABP Popup Blocker Addon + Ghostery = happy surfing.
Terra7 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mein Gott, it's like I'm on premium membership!
DFX4509B Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even just ABP and its companion popup blocker addon alone is good enough.
Terra7 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True, thank you for the advice. ABP makes a big difference.
UahMarzuaAoatali Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I scanned my computer for viruses and I got nothing.

However, on ONE particular folder, there seems to be a strange defect [link]
L1701E Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
I'm glad dA is doing something about Malware. I've been hit quite a few times by rogue security programs while I became a member. And on occasion, my anti-virus program has told me it blocked a malicious toolkit.
X4vier Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
A few days ago, upon viewing the art I had just submitted, a virus attacked my pc from that webpage -- supposedly an ad on that page. It was called vista internet security 2012. The page froze and then I got a fake anti-virus alert. This is the second time it has happened to me. It was extremely difficult to remove, as it blocked my attempts to activate a scan with my Malwarebytes anti-malware. I also have a very good Kaspersky anti-virus software that I pay for annually which did not catch the virus. Ultimately I had to fetch my laptop and Google a way to remove it manually. The directions it provided didn't work right away as I could not boot my computer in safe mode. I was fortunately able to download a program that paralyzed the virus long enough for me to reinstall an updated version of Malwarebytes and run a full scan. It was able to terminate the virus fortunately. However, this process took hours and it was very stressful. I don't have a backup of my files on my computer because the D drive is too small, so if something were to really destroy my pc, I would have no recourse. I have seriously considered removing my account on DA because of this inconvenience, but I'm too scared to log in. Heck I took a big risk just to log in and reply. You guys better get this under control. Other sites do not have this problem, at least the one I use.

Do Something About It Please.
SoaringEmerald Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I used to have that exact same problem, and I feel exactly the way you do. For some reason now, though my kaspersky has blocked the malware attacks. It caught one really early this morning, at like 1 am, and then another one about thirty minutes ago. I hope you can figure out how to handle this problem. Goodluck!!!!!!
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