I have removed the page view counter from this blog.
In the last week I've had over 5000 hits from Russia, none of which have done more than click the counter around. Normally the count from Russia would be in the low hundreds.
It's akin to having Clever Hans, the counting horse, in the side bar. Once you know what is happening, it loses all of its charm. Consequently, and sadly, it has had to go to the knackers yard.