How to Stop Inappropriate Ads

If you are using IE (Internet Explorer) as your web browser and are seeing inappropriate ads on A Veggie Venture (and on Kitchen Parade and probably on many other websites you visit), please read this.

A Veggie Venture is a member of Blogher, a top women's website, and participates in its ad network. This week, Blogher is receiving spotty reports that inappropriate ads are occasionally appearing in place of Blogher's legitimate ads from respected advertisers. (NOTE: I believe the inappropriate ads may also be appearing in advertisements provided by Google, whose ads are published on millions and millions of websites.)

I have seen copies of the inappropriate ads that are hijacking the legitimate ads. They are not 'pure porn' but show scantily clad women in suggestive poses. They are completely unseemly for websites like mine.

Blogher is helping publishers like me make our readers aware of the issue by providing this information:

"Blogher believes this issue is caused by a known vulnerability in Microsoft's IE 6.0 (specifically on Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Windows 2000) which exploits the iframe tags, the technology used by ad publishers to 'serve' ads onto websites.

If you have been experiencing this problem, we strongly recommend you both
Alternatively, replace Internet Explorer entirely with a non-IE browser, such as Firefox (download Firefox here, it's my personal recommendation ~ Alanna) to further limit your security risk."
On a personal note, as much as I wish that I or Blogher or even Microsoft could 'magically' fix this situation on readers' behalf, we can't. You'll need to take action on your end -- I know this is a pain and do apologize.

10/10 8:30 am - Other Blogher ad members are welcome to point their readers to this post or to copy/modify the text for their own posts.

Many thanks to the Blogher team for its responsiveness on this issue!

Alanna Kellogg
Alanna Kellogg

A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.