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Internet Explorer 8’s SmartScreen protect from malicious ads

Many websites make money through displaying ads from an ad network. Through that ad network, a website can unknowingly display a malicious ad on their website which puts their readers at risk. A recent report about ad networks from Google, Fox, and Yahoo serving out malicious advertisements. This is not something that affects just one ad network, it’s an industry issue. “TechCrunch is a recent example of a website unknowingly delivering malicious ads from 3rd parties to their readers. A few pages on TechCrunch were blocked by Internet Explorer 8’s SmartScreen Filter, which was blocking several posts from TechCrunch due to malicious content being included in ads that TechCrunch’s ad network was serving to readers of TechCrunch. We were able to see SmartScreen Filter in action keeping TechCrunch readers using IE8 safe from malicious ads,” reports Brandon LeBlanc.

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