March 27, 2015
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?
OK, I'm blocking sitemeter.com now.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 27, 2015 08:32 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Wonderduck at March 27, 2015 08:50 PM (jGQR+)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 27, 2015 09:04 PM (+rSRq)
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)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 28, 2015 10:27 AM (+rSRq)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
[spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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