I have worked on this some more last night. I tried changing the stats table in the db and the number in the statspal does not change.
I reuploaded all the files (except configs) from the March 18th build and changed ALL of the permissions to 777 on all the files.
And still no updating of ad counts. It still shows 18 ads both in the statsPal and in the who's online below. Yet the stats in the admin area shows 44 products.
The number of views in Admin is 3,092 but in the statspal its 1294.
I've rescanned the database a dozen times and tried looking at this from many different browsers so it's not a cache problem or anything.