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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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silverexpress Featured By Owner 17 hours ago
Well, it seems that you're losing that battle of yours
Alienette Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Fix this for real once and for all already by only allowing static adds!
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.
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