Fed up with bad websites, part 2

My visits to MySpace over the last couple of years have been pretty infrequent. I usually say I am on MySpace because I was told to be there, as a musician. At the time I joined, maybe five years ago, it was a reasonable thing. But there’s a reason MySpace has become something of the laughing stock of social media. Several reasons, really.

Recently, MySpace relaunched itself as more of an entertainment portal than a social portal with a lot of music. There’s spiffy new graphics and probably some new functionality if you can find it, but the interface is pretty frustrating to me. Plus, their “friend” suggestions were all teenaged or twenty-something pop divas and divos, which is almost as opposite what I am and what I’m interested in as could be.

Last night, I visited MySpace just to force myself to get more used to the new site before I wrote it off entirely. At the first profile other than mine that I visited, the computer started churning and after 90 seconds I got a popup window claiming to be related to Adobe Reader saying it was trying to download scripts. I wasn’t trying to do anything with Reader; it wasn’t even open. One of the several ads with Javascript or whatever was obviously corrupted enough to run some sort of exploit.

Fuckin’ hijackers. Excuse my French.

I force-quit my browser with several further expletives, then ran both my Trend Micro and SuperAntiSpyware programs. Nothing really was amiss. But this was the sort of thing that happened way too often on DeviantArt, and I’m understandably paranoid.

You remember me having a DeviantArt account, right? And I killed it over this issue, ads vulnerable to exploits?

My MySpace account isn’t long for this world, and there isn’t a jury in this Internet who’d convict me. I just have to figure out where to move my music to. That’s a good topic for another post. I guarantee you it’ll be a cleaner site, because all the candidates are, as far as I can tell.

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About songdogmi

I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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2 Responses to Fed up with bad websites, part 2

  1. animist says:

    I never know if I should blame the web site, Adobe’s Flash or Windows. That’s one reason I am want a Mac computer. I sometimes miss the old Lynx browser because of crap like this. It’s aggravating when so much of my bandwidth is being used for ads – assuming they work.

    • songdogmi says:

      The ads are bad all on their own. They don’t have to be hijacked or anything. The fact that more of them are animated and making noise is so distracting.

      Unfortunately, so many websites have some of their actual content in Flash now, so blocking Flash means you miss stuff.

      I haven’t had this sort of problem with my work Mac, but I do less websurfing with it so it doesn’t get as much exposure to potential baddies.

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