Admin: Malicious Advert
You’re serving up a malicious add.
Browsing the forum on my android I will occasionally get a pop up with the text:
The page at ads.yahoo.com says:
“Virus affecting your android ? Turn on Virus scanner Now!”
Has Ok and Cancel dialogue boxes, am presuming Ok takes you to a site with an APK with shady permissions but haven’t had a look.
Thought I would bring it to your attention.
All users, don’t select Ok or download any suspect files after being invited to click on a link.
Can someone please report this post for visibility? You can’t report your own posts! 😉Posted 4 years agonickjbSubscriber
Its been happening for a while:Posted 4 years ago
I’ve been looking into this a bit more and have a few observations,
We only use the major ad networks Google, Microsoft, AOL and Switch. They are very conscious of ad malware and I would be surprised if they were distributing this code.
We have hundreds of thousands of Android users on the site and it is the same few who report recurring problems.
I use the site on my Android Nexus 7 and HTC One S regularly and have never encountered a problem.
All this leads me to believe the problem may be with the users devices. Google does not vet the quality of apps distributed via the Google Play store so the odds are that some of our users may have installed a dodgy app at some stage. Equally, Android devices are vulnerable to viruses and other malware. It is recommended that you should run anti virus package on your device.
Ultimately as I have been unable to replicate the problem I can’t see how I can help further. If you have any further information that would help me identify the cause of the problem I would be happy to investigate further.
We are keeping the ad networks informed of the concerns in case they are the source..Posted 4 years agowwaswasSubscriber
It’s on the device but only happens when browsing Singletrack?
I’m with patrick – if it weren’t the device there would be an awful lot more people complaining about this across a range of platforms and devices.
And why only on Android devices – the ad serving systems that stw use are largely OS agnostic.
no idea if there’s a malwarebytes equivalent for android and I’ve not needed it on my Sony but if I were affected I’d assume it wa sme and not stw.Posted 4 years agokcrMember
I got a similar dodgy pop up while browsing on an Android phone, suggesting a virus had been detected and inviting me to clean it. No “Cancel” option, only an “OK”, so clearly a scam. I just used the back button to cancel the window.Posted 4 years ago
As reported by others, I have only experienced this on the STW site.
I only let P lapse because I never rceived a free gift!
Scuzz: Did you contact us at the time?
Also, what apps did you install and were you flashing from a clean distro with security updates applied?
Patrick- do you make allowances for the difference between premier users reporting issues and the lowly proles?
Stoner: Not sure what you mean. Are you asking if Premier users with ads switched off are being affected?Posted 4 years agoMarkSubscriber
Not all the ads are targeted. Some are targeted at demographics, some using geographical data, some using past browsing data. We are treating this seriously and are looking under the hood and examining everything we can think of. But the suggestion that it’s happened to a user with ads turned off is causing some head scratching here.Posted 4 years ago
If anyone has any more technical details they can pass on to us, browser data, version etc then all of that will help us. The more details the better for us. And if you can post it directly to us at @singletrackworld.com">email@example.com that will be really helpful.
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