Ban Fake Download Ads
Why does Google allow FAKE download ads?
One of the biggest scams on the Internet is Fake Download Ads, but you never hear anything about it. A "Fake" download ad is the kind of ad that tricks you into downloading a program you weren't looking for, because its placed on the download page for something you were looking for.
For example, if you go to a legitimate site to download a popular open source program like Open Office, or Audacity, more often than not, the "ads" Google runs on those pages are for entirely different programs, and they have oversized "Download" links in them that confuse many visitors into thinking they are the legitimate download buttons they should be clicking to download whatever it was they were looking for.
Google, and the download site are essentially taking advantage of people who accidentally click on these ads by mistake because they look like they're the links they need to complete the download they were looking for.
The solution is pretty simple. Google should BAN any ads that have large, deceptive looking "Download" links in them. They're clearly designed to take advantage of accidental clicks, and they serve no other purpose.
Joe Crescenzi, Founder
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