A donations-only version of WAU that has ads removed. There was certainly a demand before this happened, and I think many users would willingly "buy" an adfree version over using an old or hacked one. I know the timing might seem bad, but the demand is there.
I think I may have found it - depending if you use the same ads as WorldofRaids does (it seems to rotate the same ads as yours does anyways - Travian, Wowdb, Curse, Puzzle Pirates).
I had the WinFixer pop up on a very poor quality ad (it essentially looked like it came out of paint) which said "Shop Online." I accidently hit 'Forums' and the ad disappeared. It doesn't seem to pop up much...
I can confirm the ad rotation mentioned by ReSa on my client (Travian, Wowdb, Curse, Puzzle Pirates). I've also on rare occations had popups from WinFixer (your computer is infected clicky to fix, or something very similar), but never when using the WAU.
- Locale is Norway (yes, that's in europe ;)
I registered just to give my views here so please don't disregard me just from my post count.
In general it's not the programmers fault when the people serving the ads suddenly are serving compromised ads. All the programmer can do is stuff like have already been mentioned: trying to make the ad-window exploit-proof (static image is a good start, since the IE image exploit was patched a long time ago) is one example. Another I fully support is removing ads altogether and switching to a paypal-version or as someone said earlier a version you have to pay to get.
- Guild pays sum X to wowace.com and get's a WAU that their members can use freeely and without fear of virus/malware.
Just my thoughts on this. Just remember that it's not the makers fault when people with bad intentions starts abusing their software, stuff like this will always happen when you get popular and it's darn hard protecting yorself against it before it suddenly happens to you.
Keep in mind that the ads (i think) are completely disabled at the server at the moment.
Also, the current/final version of WAU contains code to strip out all the scripts from the ad pages before displaying them (that's if the ad's can even be shown anymore at all - not really ever tested)
I have a fairly secure system that has blocked most of these attacks. It's not perfect, but "knock on wood" I have not been compromised in several years.
I have purposely gone onto sites that download keyloggers and other spyware/malware and have not had a problem. I routinely check my system. I have several programs running which would be too much for anyone without fairly good knowledge of OS to use.
Some of these malware programs can be prevented from being installed by tweaking IE settings. A number of IE settings can be set to "Prompt". It gets annoying sometimes, but it helps prevent malware from downloading in the first place.Because of this, sometimes I actually have trouble accessing legitimate sites.
I would be willing to test to make sure the Ads are safe so you can use them.
Suggestion would be to go with a company that makes the Ads, not just funnels them.