Have you noticed something strange about your website lately?
Is it redirecting, every now and then, to an ad website? Do you have the SweetCaptcha plugin? If so, these two things are not unrelated.
So guess what?
SweetCaptcha, previously an adorable little WordPress captcha plugin you could put on your blog to keep out the spam by means of an adorable drag and drop system-have changed their recipe.
Ending on a sour note, the SweetCaptcha plugin in recent weeks has allowed adware to run rampant on your site.
How does it work?
SweetCaptcha redirects people who click on a link on your site to go to a shopping website, like Target. I could not believe it until I saw it with my own eyes. It uses something called clktag to do it. Why is this a problem? Because people will start to think your site is full of malware. Then I got mad.
Why did SweetCaptcha do this?
They’re going for a money grab, plain and simple. Selling their users down the river for advertiser money. And they’ll get advertisers to give them money from the thousands of people who have their plugin installed.
That means that SweetCaptcha WordPress plugin will randomly send away YOUR readers, AND make them think you are a scammer.
What’s worse, they didn’t tell anyone who installed their plugin what they were about to do. This is just sneaky, underhanded, and wrong.
What can you do now?
If you’d prefer to not have adware on your site, take SweetCaptcha off. All you have to do is go to your WordPress plugins, deactivate it, and then delete it.
Then the sneaky re-directs to advertising websites will be gone.
Bottom line: Delete that nasty SweetCaptcha WordPress plugin, pick a math captcha WordPress plugin instead. Not as fun, but certainly more trustworthy.