Is anyone else being redirected when reading articles here at DKOS?

Is anyone else being redirected when reading articles here at DKOS?

It started about 4 or 5 days ago. I was reading an article here about DKOS and suddenly my web page was redirected to a page that looked like McAfee Security Scan, but the URL was to a site called system-security-scan.net. I added a screenshot of it at the top of the article above. This has happened about a dozen times in the days since. This only happens when I’m on the Daily Kos site, and never when I’m on any other site, so I assume there must be something on this site that is causing this. I did a Google search on the name of this website, system-security-scan.net, and it appears to be a scam that tries to make you believe your computer is infected with malware, and offers a button to click in order to do something about it. Needless to say, being a computer support engineer by trade, I didn’t click the button, just closed the browser and started again. I ran my scans, and my computer was free of any known malware that my security software knew about. One weird thing I’ve noticed is that if I go back to the same article where it just happened, it will seem to happen again within a short period of time, but if I go to a different article when I restart the browser, it doesn’t happen. Looks like this will happen for a while again, perhaps after reading a few more articles.

I’m not a paid member here, so I get ads, and every so often the ads change and the page refreshes, and that seems to be when the redirection happens.

Has anyone else tried this? Should I call the help desk?

I may not be around all day to read and respond to your comments because I’m out shopping and running other errands, but I’ll be back as often as I can as the day progresses.

Update: Thanks to Mr. E for his recommendation in the comments to switch to connecting to secure sites only. In Firefox it’s called “HTTPS Only Mode” and when it’s turned on, when the redirection tries to happen, I get a Firefox security warning page saying that the site I’m being redirected to is not secure, and there’s a “back” button and when I click on it I go back to the article I was Read it.

Update #2: As I mentioned, I have been in computer support for over 40 years. Most troubleshooting involves analyzing patterns of symptoms. After reading most of the responses in the comments, it seems that ad blockers help some, but not all. It also appears that the company DKOS uses to deliver ads here uses algorithms based on what it can find in your browsing history to determine which ads to deliver to any given person. This appears to be due to a certain subset of ads that may not be delivered to all people based on their browsing history, which is why it doesn’t happen to some people. It would be difficult to track it down without complete network packet capture followed by analysis to identify the specific advertisement or advertisements that may be causing this. But once that’s done, can DKOS ask its adware company to block these specific advertisers because they are “bad actors”? Or perhaps switch to a different, more trustworthy company to deliver ads?

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