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Microsoft Cracks Down On Misleading Advertising

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Security Help, Uncategorized

Microsoft is cracking down on misleading advertising that tries to trick you into visiting another site. They’re updating security filters to target these ads.

The company says that ads must not mislead you into heading to another site or performing unnecessary downloads.  They offered some examples of misleading advertisements.  Such as this Java Update.


And this misleading Flash update that doesn’t come from Adobe.


They’re also out to stop fake Tech support notices like the one below:


Ads like this one mimic actual functions of Windows and trick users into clicking on them. This window is not your disk cleanup for windows. It will take you to another site.


Misleading advertisers sometimes co-opt the Windows name to lead people astray.


Microsoft says advertisements must to mislead or deceive  and must be clearly distinguishable from website content. These ads may not contain malicious code or cause a file to be downloaded.

Microsoft has made changes to the SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer to warn users about sites with misleading advertising.


To turn on the Smartscreen filter, open Internet Explorer. Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner, then select Safety and turn the Smartscreen Filter on.  The filter will also work with your Download Manager to help block malicious downloads.

~ Cynthia

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5 Responses to “Microsoft Cracks Down On Misleading Advertising”

  1. Samuel Kittle says:

    Thank You for the Info to STOP misleading advertising

  2. Allan says:

    This is one of the best tips ever! There are so many people who have been hoodwinked by bogus web sites. It’s about time something was done to prevent this.

  3. Bob Turner says:

    I think this is one of the best tips ever. I have used windows since 98 and still fell for the fake Jave update recently. Keep up the good fight against the deceptive ads. Bob

  4. Don Shelton says:

    I went to Internet explorer and follow the instruction to turn smart screen filter on and put a check on the radio button & said OK. I close and reopen to see if it held and they was not a check mark in the radio button and cannot figure out how to make the check mark hold on the radio button. Please reply what I am doing wrong?

    • Avskier says:

      Don,, same here. I fixed it by enabling radio button, exited Safety but don’t exit IE. I went back to Safety and enabled it again; saved and exited Safety only. Went back in while still in same instance of IE and oila! it was still activated!. I then closed IE ,,, reopened it ,,, went to Safety AND it held!
      Hope this works for you.

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