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Standard User pcoventry76
(knowledge is power) Sun 06-May-12 17:11:07
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VM using Phorn or something like it?


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When I was on VM I used to get adds on this site and speedtest.net that were relevant to my browsing history.

EG as I type this I can see a GiffGaff banner and I still use their service but I am not on VM anymore. SO I assume you have a GG banner?

I also looked at debt free direct for a mate who was having problems. That was last week. On Friday I started seeing banners for them on this site and also on Speedtest.net

When I went through a VPN I had no such company s come up. I don't see any now apart from the one I mentioned above

I also had £17 quickie divorces everywhere from the day after I looked up divorce on google after mine had gone through.

So is VM still using activity based advertising?
Standard User Ignitionnet
(knowledge is power) Sun 06-May-12 17:24:41
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Re: VM using Phorn or something like it?


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VM have never inserted advertising, Phorm was never deployed on the VM network.

The only thing living on the VM network is the Allot Omega Series gateway, used for traffic management.
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Sun 06-May-12 18:36:09
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Re: VM using Phorn or something like it?


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What you are seeing is Google Adwords serving adverts based on what they have categorised you as most likely wanting.

Andrew Ferguson, andrew@thinkbroadband.com
www.thinkbroadband.com - formerly known as ADSLguide.org.uk
The author of the above post is a thinkbroadband staff member. It may not constitute an official statement on behalf of thinkbroadband.


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Standard User pcoventry76
(knowledge is power) Sun 06-May-12 19:38:39
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Re: VM using Phorn or something like it?


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Fair enough - thanks for the info anyway guys smile
Standard User arijus
(newbie) Thu 21-Jun-12 21:17:47
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I don't know what they are using but it is really annoying. They insert virgin media ads into pages and sometimes when you select a website link on a website ctrl+c copy and paste in to another tab it pastes as www.virginmedia.com.!?!?!. If they are not inserting stuff, I don't know how to explain that.
It took me ages trying to disable their custom website not found error service. I click to disable. It said disabled, but it kept coming up even it showed it was disabled.
Private vpn makes more and more sense....
Standard User kwikbreaks
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 22-Jun-12 19:28:00
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Re: VM using Phorn or something like it?


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Use an alternative DNS service - OpenDNS (who do the same thing) or Google public DNS who provide the service because they think they don't know quite enough about you yet are possibilities in that area.

Alternately you could use FireFox + Ghostery plugin to block tracking cookies.
Standard User Luap
(member) Wed 27-Jun-12 17:22:04
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Re: VM using Phorn or something like it?


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As mentioned, this is nothing to do with Virgin.
But you can block cookie tracking on most browsers. I use thismand it works like a charm.
http://abine.com/dntdetail.php "Do Not Track Plus" And its free wink
(On top of this, I also block adds anyway, as they just irritate me)
Standard User kwikbreaks
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 27-Jun-12 18:41:42
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In reply to a post by Luap:
As mentioned, this is nothing to do with Virgin.

Advertiser tracking cookies are certainly nothing to do with Virgin but serving up a page of adverts instead of a 404 when a url is entered incorrectly most certainly is. I imagine that some would find it useful. I'd just find it irritating so I don't use the VM DNS servers.
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