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Is anyone else experiencing problems with pages loading? After getting to the home page for the Q & A, when I click on any thread, there's about a minute long pause when only the ads and blue bars are shown; the rest of the page is clear white.


Eventually, the actual thread loads - usually. Sometimes I just close down or visit another site where the problem doesn't occur.. This happens in both IE and Firefox, so I'm sure it's not a browser issue.


Now I'm getting a notice stating ""transferring data from page ad 2 google.syndication.com" -- it seems to infer the thread is loaded on google and then opened here. (The notice is w/o spaces, which I added for legibility.)


I randomly picked "Emotional Wellbeing" as the thread category b/c thinking that posts are being automatically submitted to some google ad (which is probably a tracking ad) is going to affect my emotional wellbeing if this doesn't get fixed ASAP.


I knew that threads were linked to google but I don't understand why they would load there first and be transferred here, unless there's some linking that's just been initiated.


Anyone else having this problem?


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And I don't have anything by Microsoft on my computer. MS seems to make everything just flakey. I abandoned the MS OS and bought all Apple devices and I love them.
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I haven't noticed any slowness -- only the aforementioned type size (too large/too small), and the fact that I can no longer access the news feed from the Q+A threads. I have an ancient Mac laptop; I have a program called MacKeeper that I pay a monthly fee for but it's worth it -- one of its features is that it turns my adblocker on/off. I hadn't realized how annoying those ads were, and that they slowed EVERYTHING down.
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Bringing this back up to the top. Didn't we already suffer enough back then?
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I tried Chrome, but for some reason it messed up my mailing lists... oops, those lists were important. Once I removed Chrome, the mailing lists were working once again. It could be that my computer wasn't compatible due to age.
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I should add, its extensions and use is similiar to Firefox, just faster.
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I havent used those in years lol. I mosly use Chrome. The other browser to use is called opera, it has higher speed and not that many people use it so its safer to use and hackers dont really target it. When pages are loading slow, I would try that.
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Tacy, I use two.... IE and Foxfire.... I found Foxfire worked better for Aging Care because I was able to enlarge the comment box. IE wouldn't let me do that.
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What browser do you use?
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I usually run a "cleaner sweep" type software to help get rid of unwanted items automatically. Tried that this morning, it didn't help this website at all :(
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When things run slow, I back out of everything, click on computer, then C drive, then windows, then temp. At temp I "select all" then "delete". Seems to solve a lot of problems.
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cwillie, this is something different. Prior when others were having issues with the top banner ad, that ad would disappear and the blue bar would follow me as I scrolled... for me I liked that I could just click on "Ask a Question" without scrolling all the way back up to the top of the page.

Now the banner ad had turned the page into a "jumping bean" :(

Heavens, isn't life complicated enough with caregiving without our source of outside communication with other caregivers, the software is messing with our devices.

I understand it was easier years ago when one had a Personal Computer... then Mac came out and coders had to make it compatible with the PC. Then came the laptops. Then came the light weight iPads. Now the web is on something the size of a large Hershey bar. How do the coders keep up?
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Tacy, thanks for the tip. I went into that advanced section and there was something that said "smooth scrolling" that was already set :(
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FF, that is what we were all annoyed about a couple of weeks ago, how come it is just hitting you now? The aim (of course) is to keep that ad front and centre, you can't help but notice it if it keeps jumping out at you! The "fix" is to minimize your browser window, you can resize to almost full screen so you don't lose anything or you can play around with the size and cut off parts of the screen that annoy you. The ad doesn't "jump" in a minimized window and as a bonus I find the articles easier to read too!
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Jingle, another variation was used on a now closed down DIY forum. Hundreds of spam ads, most of which plagiarized data from legitimate commercial sites, began to appear in December a few years ago. Just overnight these few hundred spams would appear on several of the most popular subforums.

Then the week before Christmas the real attack began. Every 2 - 3 minutes one of these ads, including a few that were pornographic, appeared. We figured they were bots.

And some of them were long ads, with repeated information for some piece of junk, illegal drugs, or whatever.

When they started, I reported some to the owners of the legitimate websites. E.g., one spammer was advertising coupons for Lowe's. I contacted Lowe's and after a while worked my way to one of the web techs, providing information on how to contact the DIY forum's admins. That ad didn't last long.

But with hundreds, it's impossible to do that, nor should forum readers have to.

By the time Monday after Christmas rolled around, thousands of these revolting spam posts had shut down the forum. No one could post b/c the post was immediately pushed down by the ensuing and proflierating spams.
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Freqflyer, you can go into your advanced settings on your browser and enable scroll anchoring. This will keep pages from jumping.
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Jumping bean pages - now I know why I've been getting so much eye strain here!

When that happens to me, I narrow the width of the page. CW's suggestion awhile back about resizing the page works for me, and it cuts out the ads. For whatever reason, the pagers don't compress and decompress when they're narrowed.

More bugs to work out.
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ugh... another problem... anyone else noticing once you get into a thread and start reading, that a few seconds later the page 'jumps up" then you need to scroll back a few line to see what you were reading?

This happens when the top banner ad disappears. If this keeps up, I will be reaching for my motion sickness pills :P
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I had not heard of DDoS attacks until I googled it. Good grief!
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The DDoS attacks today were widespread, not limited to the U.S. and caused massive issues for many websites. The situation is now being monitored by the FBI and Homeland Security, and it's suspected that there will be more attacks coming as we get closer to election day.
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Open the pod bay doors, Hal.
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wait 10 am - 12 pm lol
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I have charter, had some problems around 10-12 am
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GA, it really doesnt matter where a corporate office is for a web company. Most companies have remote servers which are hosted in another state. For example, even though I work in Michigan, our clients are throughout the US and Europe but all their data is in a secure data center in Miami. Customers log into servers, they contact my admins with server issues or problems and my admins remotely go into their servers to fix issues. Large companies like Google have data farms throughout the world so you hit several locations in a search.
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Pam, I id everything you suggested in your first post. No change.

Now I understand though, if it was an East Coast DDOS. This site's HQ is in Florida.

The other sites I was visiting in the interim which had no delays in loading aren't on the East Coast; they're sited elsewhere so probably weren't affected.

But I'm not sure I'd blame the Russians - maybe it's a Trump Attack or an attack by Trump Supporters angry at the rest of us!

Tacy, no, Charter isn't my ISP. Had to laugh - my cell phone is a cheap one I got for free with the AAA then AARP senior citizen program. It's a basic model, nothing like what a SmartPhone would do. Except that it likes to make its own phone calls.

Once when we were in the ER (obviously with cell phones off), it dialed AAA 14 times - I felt sorry for the people at AAA answering a phone that was off, making who knows what kind of calls. Must have gotten annoying answering a phone when no one was there.

It's also called a few other places - I never know when I turn it on what it's been doing. Maybe it's haunted.

CWillie, that's what I thought as well - some tweaking by the IT crew.

Bookluvr, you hit the nail on the head. I never thought of a cyber attack.

Actually, it wouldn't surprise me if the networks went down on Election Day, especially if Trump is doing poorly.

Thanks for your responses. At least I know it wasn't my computer.
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According to NERC there are DDoS attacks at times that make managing the power grid rather frustrating for them.
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Pam found the answer. Just read a news report about Twitter, Netflix, etc. were down. I don't use any of them so I was clueless to what was happening in the social media world.

I wonder how many toasters, coffeemakers, and digital doorbells were running amuck :P
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No, its a systemwide attack problem affecting East coast USA
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CNN News: Massive Cyber Attack takes down websites in the US... And here I chuckled when I read Pam's comment. She's correct in that it's a cyber attack. Russian? We don't know yet.
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I don't know if it is a cable vendor problem. Here at home I have FiOS and at work I have Comcast.... same issues both places.
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I'm seeing a lag loading pictures on the articles, caregiving, care guides and find care pages but the forum is behaving as usual. I've noticed on other sites that kind of lag is often related to site updates.
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