I'm looking for a nice counter that's free. I currently use StatCounter.com, but I want something more advanced. Are there any free counters that pretty much show current visitors on the site and what they're doing? I don't want to have to put their ad on my site either. Thanks...
Try www.sitemeter.com it's free. They also have the paid version for a monthly fee with much better features to monitor your visitors.
You don't have to put up any of their ad on your website if I am not mistaken but when someone clicks on the counter, it will of course take them to sitemeter.com and it's also another alternative for you to login to check your stats/logs
Well, one of my web design clients has been using it for almost 2 years and don't seems to have a problem so I don't know Debz.... could be due to some glitch/problem that you/they could be experiencing but please don't quote me.
You could install some free phpscript for that, that often also provides you with a protection. So not everyone is able to see the stats. Besides that you don't have the ugly graphics on your site (that will slow it down if theire server is slow or down).