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Mobile ad hijacking?

7:01 pm on Nov 21, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone else been having trouble with mobile ads getting hijacked more frequently as of late? I've noticed my site having issues with iPhone and Android in particular getting hit with a lot of those forced-redirection malware where you got a pop-up saying "You've won a gift card from Wal-Mart!" and sending you to the App Store or whatever. I've disabled a ton of stuff in Adsense, like "enhanced format" and video ads, trying to find something to prevent it, but mostly the only thing that works is waiting until I get one on my phone and then directly blocking the URL in the dashboard after the fact. It's also impossible to report anything to Google because I never know which ad is triggering it. Anyway, it's annoying my visitors and myself even moreso, so if anyone has any other experience or hints to deal with it, I'd appreciate it.
8:55 pm on Nov 21, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I've had complaints about these ads too. I'm almost at the point of shutting down Adsense because of them - I just don't know how to stop them and they are totally inappropriate for my audience, too.
2:04 am on Dec 1, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I haven't had them on my own site (yet), but I've noticed a lot of other sites and apps are giving me a "Your phone has a virus" redirect >:-( So I don't think it's isolated to you guys.
3:59 am on Dec 3, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I've actually besmirched the good name of Google Adsense undeservedly here. Turns out that the real problem was the poll/quiz plugin I was using called Insticator, which adds their own CPM-based ads served by a variety of networks. I had been blocking various URLs in Adsense and couldn't figure out why there were showing up again, and then realized who the true culprit was. I turned off Insticator, sent them a strongly worded e-mail, and now my mobile site is hijack-free again.

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