I had been using Webstats4U to help track my site usage and was relatively happy with it, until I noticed this morning that when leaving my website I hit by a pop-under.
Now I despise ads of this nature. I find them highly annoying and aggressively irritating...and my first thought was "Great, I've got some kind of ad-ware infection". Tried it from a different computer using a different browser and same thing. GRRRR It has to be my website.
Since I am hosting my own web server and built the site from the ground up, it was pretty easy to narrow it down to the "free" Webstats4U code... and a quick Google search confirmed others have had the same experience here, here and here all talk about this issue.
Richard Schwartz said it best:
They did keep to their word. They didn't place ads "directly into" my site. They used their code, called from within my site, to generate popups outside of my site's window. Therefore it would be wrong for me to say "WebStats4U are a bunch of slimeballs". It would be wrong for me to say "WebStats4U are popup spammers". It would be wrong for me to say "WebStats4U suck". So, please, Google... don't pay any attention to those statements. People who search on "WebStats4U" might get the impression that I actually think they are slimeball popup spammers who suck, and I must keep to my word just precisely as they did by emphasizing that I do not want anyone to come to the wrong conclusion about WebStats4U.
I guess mama was right - there ain't no such thing as a free lunch.