Team Fortress 2
Borzen Feb 21, 2013 @ 9:12am
Ads Crashing Game
The Pot of gold ads or whatever it is called is causing my desktop to crash anybody else having the same problem.
Last edited by Borzen; Feb 21, 2013 @ 9:12am
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keyword search this. Pinion ads are a butt to deal with
Zipnet Feb 21, 2013 @ 11:14am 
I have the same problem and no solution I can think of.
DoubleV Feb 21, 2013 @ 11:35am 
i try to verify the integrity of game cache . it didn;t work
TheNoobishNinja Feb 21, 2013 @ 11:35am 
Block it, via a guide. You can block ALL pinion♥♥♥♥♥♥if you change a file in your computer I think. But I did it a while ago and I don't remember.
UFOslava Mar 2, 2013 @ 7:35am 
If blocking "pinion" is all it takes, you need to add their ad host to the "hosts" file in the Windows folder (donno about other systems).
Let me search for the host, i'll be back shortly...

Edit: Well, basically, has it all, follow instructions on their second post.

For ease i'll relay the instructions here.

In Windows, edit C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts (it’s just a text file so you can use Notepad but make sure you run Notepad as Administrator otherwise you won’t be able to save the file)

Note: Windows 8 users must exempt the Hosts file from Windows Defender

On a Mac you can edit /etc/hosts adding the same entry above.

This is completely harmless as all it says is that if your PC tries to connect to that the IP is which is your PC’s local address. So instead of loading ad HTML the connection will just fail.

A note: "pinion" might change their ads host, so be ready to change the setting.
I tried to connect to, it had nothing. Maybe the host URL already switched.
Last edited by UFOslava; Mar 2, 2013 @ 8:15am
Iggy Mar 2, 2013 @ 8:06am 
Originally posted by UFOslava:
In Windows, edit C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
What he said^
*****R***** Mar 2, 2013 @ 9:23am 
u guys all disabed html motds in the adv options menu right?
Iggy Mar 2, 2013 @ 9:26am 
Originally posted by Arlen Egg ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥:
u guys all disabed html motds in the adv options menu right?
The thing is that some servers will stop you from playing until you turn them on.
It forces you into spectator, and tells you how to turn them on.
If you try to join a team, it puts you back into spectator, and shows the message again.
After you turn the HTML MotD back on, it shows you the game crashing ad.
*****R***** Mar 2, 2013 @ 9:37am 
Yeah thanks, that's true, there are some that do that, others just make you wait. A tad sloppy, ad exposure being the goal.
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Date Posted: Feb 21, 2013 @ 9:12am
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