Sorry everybody, slightly longer than "War and Peace" again
But I am so very grateful for the existence of opensubtitles that I want to see them keep providing the wonderful service.
My partner's mother tongue is one of the Slavic languages with thousands of different noun and verb endings. This makes opensubtitles essential for a harmonious relationship.
BIG respect to anybody who is fluent in Czech, Polish or Slovak and English (with thousands of different pronunciations for each letter and word).
The screen recordings that I posted were from Firefox 62.0.3 (64-bit) on Mint Linux 18.2 Cinnamon 64-bit, but the same is happening on Firefox 62.0.3 (32-bit) and Chrome 69.0.3497.100 on Windows 10 Build 16299 and Safari 9 on IOS 9.3.5 and Chromium
But this morning's tests showed about 50/50 good/bad
The ads are sometimes genuine except it is still redirecting to audienceline, which will add unwanted and potentially dangerous redirects to most browsers in Windows
Also got https://workfromhomejobsonline.co/5/uke.php
, which is a scam
Also, several sites, including audienceline, were asking for you to 'give permission....' bad news, these will almost certainly infect you.
And two occasions of the old favourite of 'Firefox needs updating.... click here' which can only be got rid of by rebooting
erm...........but hold the front page !
I have just realised that by simply creating a user id and password for opensubtitles.org, I can sign in and have all of the advertising including the redirects removed, without having to remember to ad and malware block.
So in summary:-
a) on any browser on any platform without vpn/ not signed in / no malware blocker or ad blockers
browser opens new tab for cobalten.com which then directs, sometimes to scam and malware. Opensubtitles offers brand new films to watch illegally
b) on any browser on any platform with vpn (malware and ad blockers switched off, signed in)
On-screen ads, but no new browser tab, still offer to watch films illegally
c) on any browser on any platform with or without vpn, malware and ad blockers switched on, signed in or not)
no ads, no offers to watch films illegally, no new tabs
So I will just keep the malware blocker on, the ad blocker on and sign in all through my VPN, although I feel bad that this will stop me seeing the genuine ads that keep opensubtitles going
This gives me an easy way to solve my original problem but leaves me very worried that with the 'copyright police' asking the Australian government to block Opensubtitles on Australian ISPs (and then probably other countries if successful), how can Opensubtitles.org defend its position when offering the illegal watching of copyright material?
search for subtitles for Johnny English Strikes Again (Which will be theatrically released in the United States on 26 October (2 days from now)
The resultant opensubtitlespage gives one link to buy the DVD at Amazon but two separate links to illegally watch the film right now ... https://www.opensubtitles.org/addons/a.php?file=https://www.opensubtitles.org/en/w10Mxo ... SjWMWOZ4wT
maybe these should disappear for a while?
perhaps I should start a separate thread for this concern?
Many thanks to SmallBrother and Alex