I am very surprised that you think using other subtitle sites is a good idea. Oh well
Are you maybe such an ex-advertiser? Or just a competing one? Or a competing subtitle website? A VPN provider or anti-malware manufacturer? Were you maybe about to publish a link to a 'solution'?
None of the above. I am (was) a regular user of the opensubtitles.org site until they started to force me onto scam, porn and malware sites, and I happen to be passionate about keeping the dross and dregs of society away from users of the internet, particularly the vulnerable and less able. And we already know the 'solution'
I would not be taking my time with this forum if I did not care and I was not trying to help. If I wanted to get rid of opensubtitles.org there are less time consuming ways to achieve this
Some friendly advice:
- Keep your adblocker on.
- Keep your software up-to-date.
- Keep your son away from the internet.
Thank you but I do not need you to decide who should, and who should not be, 'allowed' to use the internet and I am pretty sure your advertisers and potential advertisers will not appreciate your advice of blocking their ads. I honestly don't mind being shown a genuine advertisement if it gives you income.
I was once told but an advertising exec why a company would spend so much money on advertising.
50% of the population, mathematically, are more than averagely gullible
The advertising world believe that half of those (25%) are quite gullible
around 7% to 10% will believe most things you tell them
around 5% are so gullible that they will believe that they have won an I-phone or can make $14,000 in a week from their PC
5% of around 4.5 billion internet users is 225,000,000 people who will believe they have won an iPhone
(although IQ and gullibility do not always correlate. In the USA, for example, even some of the more 'intelligent' are extraordinarily gullible)
@SmallBrother and @oss
This is in no way personal and I am in similar conversations with other popular innocuous looking sites which, like yours, turn out to be potentially very dangerous. I really am just a normal user (who happens to have a family member who needs protecting) and wants to help make life difficult for the scammers and scum.
Your advertisement for "you have won an iphone" is the modern equivalent to the scam where you receive post telling you that you have won a prize. We all know the stories of elderly, confused people spending their entire life savings chasing the big prize and eventually receving a cheap ball-point pen and not the $250,000. These were deliberately aimed at the elderly and less mentally capable. Fortunately, these scum have been mostly shut down with their tricks becoming illegal in most civilised countries (most of the EEC I believe). So the scum have just gone to telephones 'stock pick', 'Microsoft engineers' and online. 'you have won an I-phone', 'make $14,000 a week", "you have a virus; phone this number" "This is the video the banks are afraid of you seeing" (all of these are this mornings redirects from cobalten.com)
As I stated earlier, I think opensubtitles is an excellent site, but I will not be using it until it becomes safe again. Regardless of what you are telling us, it is very simple to stop allowing your paymasters to target the young, less able and vulnerable members of society.
The conclusion is simple. If you carry on forcing users onto bad sites then the users will all use adblockers. If that happens then you will have no advertisers and therefore no income. I suspect that, as there are few other reports of these redirects, most of your users are using adblockers anyway.
But thanks for your time
I will regularly review the situation and will remove opensubtitles.org from my blacklist when they have stopped opening dangerous sites in my browser
And for heaven's sake, please stop offering to show copyright material illegally. I don't have any moral problem with that but I do not wish to see you forced to shut down. It is playing straight into the hands of the anti-piracy lobby. I am sure that whatever lookmovie.ag are paying opensubtitles.org can not compensate for being permanently shut down (or maybe it does and thats the game plan)