By Brandt DeLorenzo on Dec 21, 2008
Reports from Sherdog visitors have been surfacing the past couple months about the Sherdog.com website infecting computers with spyware and adware. There are even allegations that Jeff Sherwood, the owner of Sherdog.com, has admitted to allowing infected advertising campaigns on his site. Some users were also told that it was their responsibility, as Sherdog.com visitors, to remove the infected files from their own computers after they visit the Sherdog website.
There’s something very wrong here. Not only should we not have to worry about a multitude of pop-ups on any MMA website, site owners should care enough about their visitors, and customers, to keep their websites free of garbage files and infected advertising campaigns.
Here is a complaint from a Sherdog forum member on the Sherdog forums:
My anti-virus has detected a trojan-downloader.JS.gen / Object: h t t p://sherdog.co m
For some reason I can’t delete the trojan or quarantine the trojan, what gives???
Are all the member on this board aware of this?
Responses to this post include:
My Nortons routinely stops malicious attacks from Sherdog, and Ive got screen shots of a trojan virus downloading from last year sometime from Sherdog too. My pms to admin went ignored about the situation.
Just got a virus last night.
The Virus is a Flash Ad. that auto injects when the flash ad runs. so not everyone is going to get it. Now i get a retarded amount of pop ups from this site.
Now keep in mind that Sherwood does not control the content in these advertisements. However, this has been happening for an extended period of time with multiple forum visitors and users. It’s been happening long enough that Sherwood should have removed any questionable advertising campaigns from his website. But now that Sherwood makes enough money from those infected ad campaigns to make a living, he probably sees no reason to stop allowing these advertisers from infecting his visitors.
It’s gotten so bad that internet forum members from other sites have dubbed Sherwood’s site “Spywaredog.” But perhaps there are some other players involved in this little game as well. The Sherdog.com website uses the CraveOnline media network to handle advertising on their website. In fact, if you attempt to e-mail Sherdog to learn more about advertising, the message is sent to the firstname.lastname@example.org mailbox. So not only is Jeff Sherwood involved, but the CraveOnline network is allowing infected content to be downloaded onto your computer. Again, it’s all for money. More ads on your computer, more money in their pocket. Then you spend hours trying to get your computer back to working order.
Once spyware or adware infects your computer, the application begins to use a large amount of system resources to allow pop-ups to appear, track your computer use habits, or even log your keystrokes to grab personal information and e-mail account data. Scary, isn’t it?
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To learn more about spyware and adware, check out How Stuff Works. To combat spyware and adware, use the free applications on Download.com. Just search for adware or spyware and you’ll find many helpful applications.
(And for a quick laugh, while seaching for a Sherdog icon to use for this article, I was prompted to download a free program to remove infected files from my computer on a random website. )
About the Author: Brandt DeLorenzo started MMA Opinion in June of 2007 and began working as a MMA photographer shortly thereafter. He enjoys being cageside at regional events or just watching the fights. His favorite fighters are Frankie Edgar and Gegard Mousasi.