AdWare.Win32.AdWin.a in Cyberporn

The entertainment business has always been a very big source of income to many people. A major driving force behind adware technology has been the cyberporn industry. Porn meisters (who account for up to a fifth of American Web revenues) may market wares that are objectionable and offensive to the majority of Web surfers, but their ad techniques work quite well within their market, and their technology tends to be more sophisticated and “cutting-edge” than more mainstream advertisers.
A particular web tracking firm has found that they’re routinely accepting technology and tactics once limited to porn vendors. These include the now-ubiquitous “pop-up” ads (appearing on 30% of the world’s Web sites as of November 2001), the newer “pop-unders,” and the more annoying “mouse-trapping” tactics, which prevent users from exiting a page(showing up on over 5% of Websites). Vertical “skyscraper” banner ads split time with ads that spawn new browser boxes when a Website is downloaded. Other, more intrusive types of ads zoom across Web pages or fill computer screens while a Web page is being downloaded. These techniques were birthed on the porn sites, and as the mainstream advertisers learned just how effective they were proving to be, they adopted them for their own purposes.
According to the web tracking firm’s spokesman, “the most aggressive [advertising] sites continue to be the pornography sites, followed closely by the gambling sites. But you’re also finding more aggressive behavior on totally mainstream sites.” Other techniques are also being employed, particularly using Flash and JavaScript technology to give the surfer a “richer experience” in the ads he or she peruses. Of course, one surfer’s “rich experience” results in another surfer lunging for the close button… if they can find AdWare.Win32.AdWin.a in the ad. “It’s a fine line between getting a client’s message out there and making people irritated,” says one marketing firm.

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