posted on May, 15 2010 @ 03:25 AM
As a new user (this is my first post) who has browsed this site in the past for a couple months. I decided to sign up, allowed the ads so to be in
compliance. I was prompted by a message at the top of the page to turn off my AdBlock and referred to this thread (which is what I did). I read the
first few pages and the only concern I have with the policy is this:
I use Firefox with NoScript, AdBlock and Better Privacy for one reason and one reason only. To prevent malicious software from infecting my computer.
I have no issue with seeing ads on websites and I agree with the logic behind having them. Nothing is truly "free" again I understand. I also
understand and agree that if I dislike a websites policies I can simply choose not to use that site.
Various anti-virus and anti-malware/spyware programs that I use/used are simply not enough to catch everything out there now that is harmful to my PC.
I have spent many countless agonizing hours over the years removing garbage from my PC. In more than one instance I have had to reformat. Sometimes I
had backups other times I lost a lot of files that have never been replaced. Sometimes when infected with a really nasty virus recovering files was
not an option.
So my problem is this:
Now that I intend to become an active member of these forums, if I do get infected is there a place on this site that will assist it's users in
getting rid of the malicious program? See not all of us are security experts. It was stated earlier that we all know how to deal with X, its not big
deal if you get infected blah blah. That is simply not true! I use those programs as an extra layer of security, not to "avoid" ads. Since using
Firefox with those security add-ons I have had 0 infections and I really would like to keep it that way.
It is a huge problem to deal with these infections. It is time-consuming having to research what it is you have and how to get rid of it. The reason
many of us use these programs is to avoid the damage to our computers to begin with. My time on this planet is limited so is my knowledge on how to
deal with computer infections. Would it not be in the sites best interest to have it's users posting and contributing instead of fixing issues they
got from some malicious software we got from some shady advertiser?
I have not browsed all the forums, but I sure do hope with this forced ad policy (that I have no problem complying with) that there is some type of
tech-support sub forum in place to help it's users deal with any issues or damage to our pc's as a result of something that happened while browsing
the site. I see the analogy of "if you are in my house you follow my rules" quite a bit, fair enough. But if I am walking down your steps and the
staircase collapses or say you ceiling falls in and crushes me on the head on the head... I sure hope you have some good home owners insurance.
Cliff notes: If users are forced to reduce their security software then please be there to help us fix it if something bad happens to our computer as
a result of the policy. ty