No banner ads you say? It took me 4 refreshes in order to get a page where Avenue A, INC wasn't trying to install before I could see the replies. The page that loaded for me had TWO banner ads, one on top just above "How to use this forum" which consisted of:
Deliver the dvd to the mailbox ... get two weeks of unlimited DVDS!
roll over me! Blockbuster online, the movie store at your door TM
(with a floating mailbox and crosshair to shoot the mailbox)
and the second just below the buttons to reply to this post:
Netflix delivers dvd rentals over 30,000 titles, no late fees, free shipping both ways, try netflix for free!
I would have taken a screen shot and posted it, but wasn't sure if it was allowed...and since I grew tired of trying to read the forum rules but pages not loading for Avenue A, INC I haven't read them yet.
EDIT: It took 3 refreshes to see the reply I just posted, two more banner ads, same position:
#1 Web hosting pick! 2,000 MB space, 5 gigs transfer/day, 2 months free PowWeb.com (click here)
Biggest game of 2004 Halo2 buy it now at EBgames.com
Unless there have been some big changes in how web pages are made and how spyware/adware performs, banner ads don't just appear on web pages all by themselves. I have Adaware (not the free version), Spybot, and I use Sygate (the free version, but damn I love that firewall because of the .dll notification and program changes notification).
EDIT2: Oh, and do none of you see the reply in my topic from Google.com? There is an advertisement as one of the replies in my topic no less. Cripes, this is ridiculous. If it's not against the rules to post a screen shot, let me know, I'll show you what I see when I try to view my thread.
Edited by Zamah, 13 April 2005 - 10:12 AM.