Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Thursday, April 1, 2004

Online Advertisers And Publishers Watch Out For Norton Security: Your Newest Enemy

I don't know you, but I was pretty mesmerized when I saw the following just a few hours ago: on a normal Windows PC, running Internet Explorer, I accessed my Kolabora site. On the home page, the top banner, which normally showcases the famous fresco from the Sixteenth Chapel, shows only a small section of the banner image repeated several times horizontally in the banner area. In all other areas of the site the top banner area appears as if completely empty (normally the Directory area sports a banner from our one of our sponsors, Communicast, and the other sections have banners that include some Chinese colors or calligraphy. But also these were not visibile anymore). By paying a bit more attention I also noticed that the Google ads appearing on the right side column were all lacking their titles! I don't know about you, but boy was I surprised for a few minutes. God, I said, what kind of spyware has gotten on this machine? Well, let me make it fast for you. Forward fifteen minutes ahead: I have now uninstalled Norton Internet Security from this friend PC and everything is back to normal. He can see my site, my sponsors and my Google Ads in their full splendor. But how many proper ads, images, and ethical contextual text ads are being handicapped, mutilated or made altogether "invisible" by this "security" tool? If you are an online publisher you better start worrying now. On the other hand, if you are Peter (Norton), please stop this before everyone notices. Thanks.



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posted by Robin Good on Thursday, April 1 2004, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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