02-10-2010 05:16 PM
I hope someone can help me: Every time I go into any type of Yahoo mail
webmail account, I am getting continual security alert boxes popping up that
read as follows: " The current webpage is trying to open a site on the
internet. Do you want to allow this?
Current site: http://ad.yieldmanager.com
Internet site: http://content.yieldmanager.edgesuite.net
(click on) Yes No
Each time I try to open an email message, click on
a folder, etc. etc. the box continues to pop up over and over again
whether I click on Yes or No . I can't proceed unless I answer the
dialogue box to make it close. I have crashed my browser on
several occasions when the box was hiding behind other windows.
I called my internet provide because they make us
go thru Yahoo to use their webmail. The guy said it could be related to
NIS. I have also tried to adjust my IE 7 security/privacy settings with
no luck. I don't see either of these sites listed in the blocked sites
under IE privacy settings .
What in the world is "yieldmanager" ? Is that a tracking cookie?
I am willing to allow the thing if I could just get these dialogue boxes
to stop popping up in my Yahoo webmail accounts.
I'm not sure if this is related to any of the spyware blocking settings in
NIS - I have tried turning off various things to see if the problem will
resolve that way, but again, no luck.
Any help would be much appreciated.
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02-10-2010 07:32 PM
Do you have the popup blocker turned on in Internet Explorer, under tools? Norton does not have a popup blocker as each browser has the capability.
02-11-2010 08:03 AM
Thanks for your response - no, the popup blocker in IE didn't help even when
set to high - however, I managed to fix the problem by re-setting my IE 7
security settings back to "medium -high" , without any additional tweaking
of these settings by me. Obviously I had set a single security setting in IE to
alert me to these intrusions. I need to go back to IE and try to reproduce the
problem to see which setting it was. On the down side - I am no longer
being alerted to these things.
I have done some reading and this seems to be a pervasive problem
on the internet when surfing. There are a number of sites called
adservers, a common example is "doubleclick", which are causing the
problem of popup alerts, or are slowing down people's surfing. My
main problem is with the yieldmanager adserver due to its presence
on the Yahoo mail sites.
The only viable solution I have seen for blocking these things involves editing
the hosts file in order to point these servers to 127.0.0.1. There is an interesting
discussion of the problem here: http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
worth reading. There are also a number of freewares and sharewares floating around
which purport to do this for you and keep updated adserver lists.
The jury seems to be out on whether these adservers are of any harm,
or worth blocking at all - I may try it to see if my surfing speeds up.
Some offer an opt-out cookie, but you have to enable third-party
cookies for that to work, I think.
Hope this helps some folks who have been having the same problem...
02-11-2010 08:33 AM
Then on the other hand - an argument could be made that some free sites
are trying to stay afloat via their ad revenue. This is why I would consider
blocking only the yieldmanager adserver - which is highly annoying.
After all - I am paying my ISP and am a bit miffed that they are forcing me
thru an ad - laden portal like Yahoo. All the adservers are doing is trying
to serve up appropriate content to individuals, however, in order to do
so, they are recording your surfing habits, IP address and location.
I guess it is up to you whether you are comfortable with that.
02-11-2010 08:39 AM
Nice work kcat, and an excellent explanation.