Why are images on Web pages replaced with "[AD-SIZE]"?
Dave, this is just bizarre. When I surf the web in Microsoft Internet Explorer on my Windows machine, sometimes I find that certain graphics on a page are replaced with the text "[AD-SIZE]". What's going on?
This was a really tough one to track down. My first step was to ask the correspondent to send in a screen shot, which he did:
Weird, isn't it?
If you go to the Web page in question, Shop Direct Group, Ltd., it gets more peculiar, because "[AD-SIZE]" isn't the alt text for the two images in question. If it were, I'd just say that your graphics aren't all loading and it's nothing to worry about. But if that were the case, the leftmost text would read "Valid XHTML 1.0!" and the right text would read "Bobby WorldWide Approved AA".
My first thought was that a pop-up blocker was involved and that it refused to load images from third-party Web sites (that is, sites other than the source of the HTML page itself). If that were true, however, the middle graphic, from jigsaw.w3.org, wouldn't load either.
So I talked about this with my friend and colleague Leo Notenboom and our consensus is that if you don't have any pop-up blockers or toolbars that are getting in the way, the problem must lie with some poorly written spyware.
Solution: scan your computer for spyware and see if you find anything. Remove it, reload the page, and see what happens. And report back too, please!
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