Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 54.158.194.80

Forum Moderators: travelin cat

Message Too Old, No Replies

AdBlock Pro Advertisement on Apple iTunes

Pushing Ad Blocker

     
3:11 pm on Jun 23, 2017 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:May 29, 2003
posts:800
votes: 22


Hi Folks,

This morning, I received a new notification from the Apple App Store.
It looks like this -

"New App on the App Store!
Go completely ad-free on the web and get rid of
unwanted ads and popups.!"

Along with a "Get it Now" button.

"... COMPLETELY ad-free ..."
I'm not going to do it, but I wonder just how many will?
Thoughts?
.

[edited by: Sally_Stitts at 3:19 pm (utc) on Jun 23, 2017]

3:17 pm on June 23, 2017 (gmt 0)

Full Member

Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:May 11, 2015
posts:213
votes: 69


What app was this? What's the context here?
3:24 pm on June 23, 2017 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:May 29, 2003
posts:800
votes: 22


So I clicked on it to answer your question.
Since I can't copy and paste the text, it says --->
"AdBlock Pro" $9.99

"AdBlock Pro is the best ad blocker for major browsers like Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera. Using this tiny app will let you block all ads across browsers on your Mac. We ensure that your browsing experience is not interrupted with annoying ads on any browser.
What Type of Ads AdBlock Pro blocks (sic)
Ads on YouTube, Facebook and other social platforms
Animated
Pop-up and Pop-under ads
Webmail ads
Collapsing / Expanding ads
Interstitial page ads

Why Install AdBlock Pro?
Ads are blocked on network level which means once installed, you need not install other heavy ad blocking apps.
There's no need to install ad blocking browser extensions across multiple browsers.
Light in storage, works with all browsers."

When searching for AdBlock Pro, I see that it is available elsewhere FOR FREE.
.
6:56 pm on June 23, 2017 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Feb 12, 2006
posts:2690
votes: 109


i wouldn't trust that message if i were you. it doesn't sound like something apple would send

[edit] ...just seen that it really is on the app store for 9.99, so maybe it is legit.
I can't see many people paying that much when there are so many ad blockers for free
7:05 pm on June 23, 2017 (gmt 0)

Moderator from US 

WebmasterWorld Administrator keyplyr is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Sept 26, 2001
posts:11480
votes: 692


Just one of the many dozens of ad blockers trying to get a piece of the action before it's all over... most are free.
8:11 pm on June 23, 2017 (gmt 0)

Senior Member from US 

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lucy24 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Apr 9, 2011
posts:14709
votes: 613


It would make sense if it were for iOS, because most users don't care to take the jailbreaking route. But this is for desktop?!
3:12 am on June 24, 2017 (gmt 0)

Moderator from US 

WebmasterWorld Administrator keyplyr is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Sept 26, 2001
posts:11480
votes: 692


AdBlock Pro is not being provided nor pushed by Apple (as the OP thread title suggests.) While Adblock Pro is offered in the iTunes Mac App Store, it is also available at all the other app stores (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer & Edge.) Adblock Pro is owned and sold by PCVARK Software Private Limited, not Apple.

We're all paying heavily for the adblockers, even the free ones. Our personal browsing history and the ads we're being served is collected and extremely valuable data... and the adblocker users keep installing these apps and freely giving these companies access.
4:13 am on June 24, 2017 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:May 29, 2003
posts:800
votes: 22


I have NEVER had a "buy this thing now from us right here" notification from the Apple Store, EVER.
Or any other kind of marketing pitch. You must go to them, they don't bother you.
And I have been doing Mac since before System 9 (six, actually). I still use 9 daily, and of course my OS 10.12.5 machine.

This was a first for me, and I thought that it might be interesting to someone. It sure caught my attention.
In this regard, it felt like a "push" to me.
.
4:17 am on June 24, 2017 (gmt 0)

Moderator from US 

WebmasterWorld Administrator keyplyr is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Sept 26, 2001
posts:11480
votes: 692


I agree. I have never received spam from the Apple store either (my point.)

Probably just a spam email. The sender name is easy to fake. Did you source the header to see where it really came from? Could have come from the software company or an affiliate hoping to get commissions.
4:28 am on June 24, 2017 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:May 29, 2003
posts:800
votes: 22


"Source the header" is greek to me. I am not a software person. In many areas, I barely get by.

This was not email.
It was a pop-up text message, as quoted above. It popped up when I was IN the App Store, doing a search for WYSIWYG editor.
.
5:02 am on June 24, 2017 (gmt 0)

Moderator from US 

WebmasterWorld Administrator keyplyr is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Sept 26, 2001
posts:11480
votes: 692


Ah, then it was just an ad.
12:51 am on June 25, 2017 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:May 29, 2003
posts:800
votes: 22


First one for me, from Apple.
2:29 am on June 25, 2017 (gmt 0)

Senior Member from US 

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tangor is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Nov 29, 2005
posts:8167
votes: 609


Install the ad blocker and it will be the last! :)
3:15 am on June 25, 2017 (gmt 0)

Senior Member from US 

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lucy24 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Apr 9, 2011
posts:14709
votes: 613


"Source the header" is greek to me.

n/a here of course, since we're not talking about email after all, but in Mail, while a letter is open:

View menu >> Message >> select “All headers”
11:03 am on June 25, 2017 (gmt 0)

Moderator from US 

WebmasterWorld Administrator keyplyr is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Sept 26, 2001
posts:11480
votes: 692


"Source the header" is greek to me
More accurately... "Source the header" is geek to me.
 

Join The Conversation

Moderators and Top Contributors

Hot Threads This Week

Featured Threads

Free SEO Tools

Hire Expert Members