March 27, 2015

Sitemeter -- going to town, or going to hell

I've been noticing lately that links from some sites redirect to something called x.vindicosuite.com instead of going where I want them to. I've got it in my block file, so I just get a fail instead of the bogus advertising they're trying to feed me.

This guy says it's Sitemeter doing it. I have no idea if that's the case. This kind of random redirector is a common characteristic of certain pieces of malware, but Microsoft Security Essentials says I'm clean, so I don't think that's what's happening to me. Also, it isn't happening everywhere; only just a few sites (mostly PJ Media, but just now also Random Curiosity).

Anyway, you shouldn't see it happening here because I deleted Sitemeter months ago. If you do, I need to know about it.

If Sitemeter really is responsible for this, they've apparently decided to commit suicide. This is the kind of thing that can make a company a total pariah.

UPDATE: Yup, It's Sitemeter. I loaded the RandomC page into Firefox and stored it "web page complete" into a directory, then used WinGrep to search for "vindicosuite" and found it in a file called "counter.js". The first line in that file is:

// Copyright (c)2006 Site Meter, Inc.

I think I'll let them know.

UPDATE: And guess where it was loaded from?

http://s22.sitemeter.com/js/counter.js?site=s22randomc

OK, I'm blocking sitemeter.com now.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Computers at 06:30 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1  Sitemeter has been committing slow suicide this way for a while.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 27, 2015 08:32 PM (PiXy!)

2 Adblock Plus for Firefoxy seems to be dealing with it automagically; no sign of a redirect for me.

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 27, 2015 08:50 PM (jGQR+)

3 The redirects are random; they don't happen the majority of the time.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 27, 2015 09:04 PM (+rSRq)

4

I see x.vindicosuite.com appear on the page header whenever I click from any other page to the front page at Ace of Spades, as well as a few other sites.  ADP prevents any redirect when loading the new page, but I can still notice the attempt.

Posted by: cxt217 at March 28, 2015 09:20 AM (UWgZ5)

5 I think it will probably take a while for word of this to spread, unless someone like Instapundit decides to publicize it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 28, 2015 10:27 AM (+rSRq)

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