September 16, 2015
Two eHangar members sent me messages to report they have been experiencing pop-up ads while browsing eHangar.com. I have also been experiencing this myself. Has anyone else seen pop-up ads while on the site?
At any rate, I have been investigating why this has been happening and I have narrowed the cause down to one or more site plug-ins I have installed. Plug-ins add extra functionality to the site. While most plug-ins “play” nice, there may be some developers who have inserted certain code to create these unwanted pop-up ads to try to earn some money.
One member told me he was concerned these pop-up ads may be malicious and introduce viruses into a user’s device (computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone), but I have examined these pop-up ads and found that they are just that – advertisements for various services – and should not cause any problem even if you accidentally clicked on them.
Nonetheless, I find them annoying and intrusive and a total turn-off experience, especially as its MY website and totally unauthorised by me!
To get rid of these ads, I have disabled ALL plugins on eHangar and found that the pop-ups have disappeared, which prove to me that indeed, the culprit is a plugin or plugins. However, I do not know which plugin exactly.
I am now slowly activating back some of the essential plugins, like the contact form and Facebook linking plugins, and testing and checking each time if the pop-up ads reappear.
This is likely to take some time and you may notice some things are not working on the site as per normal, and I ask you for your patience and understanding.
I also ask members to help and cooperate with me to report if you are still experiencing pop-up ads or anything unusual when you are on eHangar. Better still, please take a screenshot of the ad or unusual messages, if any, and post them up here in the forum so that I am aware of them and can take steps accordingly to investigate and eliminate these unwanted “additions” to eHangar.
Thank you all for your feedback, as always.