I spent far too much time yesterday researching this intrusive ad that wouldn't go away. Was it a bug in Blogger? a hack into my template coding? a manifestation of Malware Monday? I really couldn't get an answer from anyone. And worse? No one else seemed to be experiencing the same Shopwiki.com advertising smack down.
The best advice I could glean was to customize my template and maybe the obnoxious ad would be deleted in the process. Well, I customized my blog a year ago, when I transitioned from The Mommy Machine to Alaskim. I created a new header and widened my posting area so I could display extra large photos of moose eating pumpkins on my deck. I improved fonts and colors and styles. I added tabs and pages and gadgets. I don't remember exactly how I did it all, but it took many attempts and lots of messing around with the dreaded HTML code. After stumbling through that design adventure, I swore never again to mess with the technological underbelly of formatting and tweaking templates.
BUT THAT STRIP OF AD HAD TO GO.
I crawled under my blog into the "advanced" area of custom formatting and knocked out a quick and dirty re-design. And by re-design, I mean I just needed needed to clear the template. Bye-bye pretty little labels and unique wallpaper and fancy little dividers. I simplified and changed the color of the background, adjusted the width of my column, and re-set the fonts back to default. It probably looks ridiculous, but I won't care if it will get rid of that dadgum ad. I can deal with the aesthetics and flow later, after I've had some sleep and a chance for my anxiety about this snafu to subside.
And now, I shall press Publish and pray I haven't blown it all up . . .
Dinner last night: steak, sautéed mushrooms, mashed potatoes, salad
Exactly three years ago:
Exactly four years ago:
Your blog was not hacked. Blogger was not hacked. No malware was installed on your computer or the computer of your visitors. It was not a Blogger bug.
The problem stemmed from the template you were using. That template used images that were hosted elsewhere on a 3rd party site. That 3rd party site seems to have been hacked, and the images that your template was referencing were replaced.
WEll done, I would never have been able to get it off... love the blog too..
Thanks, Janzi! I'm getting ready to head out-of-town for a week, so I'm not going to worry about design issues until I get back. I guess my blog will just have to stay goofy-looking until then . . . at least that obnoxious ad is gone!
I'm impressed. I would have been so angry and most likely would not have a clue how to get it off!!!
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