Congratulations Amazon User!

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  1. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a

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    I’ve experienced this page obscuring pop-up several times on the MacRumors site. I also experienced it on other sites using iPhone Safari, so I first created a thread asking for thoughts and advice in the iPhone tips forum. It appears other users have had a similar experience at MR, so it might be the ad network you guys are using. Just wanted to report it at this point.
     
  2. arn macrumors god

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    I'm not sure I've seen it here. Forums or front page? Can you take a screenshot next time?

    thanks
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  3. pwhitehead macrumors 6502

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    arn, I've also experienced this. Next time, I will take a screen shot of the url.
     
  4. iapplelove macrumors 601

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    I can also say I’ve got this pop up this morning. Only on MR on my iPhone using safari.
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    Forums for me. Just once thus far,about 15 minutes ago.
     
  5. sman789 Customer Support

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    I’ve gotten this a handful of times but only on my Android device while browsing other sites than MR. I’ll try to capture it as well.
     
  6. xnatex macrumors member

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    I was on the site on my phone like a week ago and any time I clicked into the forums for an article, it would redirect me to this Amazon phishing site. It happened like every time and I was on the site for like 15 mins. It made the forums unusable.

    To clarify, a link like this would not do it:
    https://www.macrumors.com/2018/01/19/apple-ceo-tim-cook-technology-overuse/

    But if you click to view the comments, which takes you to the forum post for it, it would:
    https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...ont-believe-in-overuse-of-technology.2101942/
     
  7. I7guy macrumors P6

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    This happens to me as well. Can't quite figure out what causes this. It seems to happen looking through the post list on threads. Next time I see this, I will take a screenshot and report back.
     
  8. I7guy macrumors P6

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    Don’t normally reply to my own posts but hit this while scrolling through the iOS 11.3 b1 thread a few minutes ago.
     
  9. LizKat macrumors 601

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    I had it happen to me in Firefox on my laptop a little while ago; the forum software put the quoted post into a reply box as usual but then tacked on a link that said "Congratulations Amazon User!" I was so startled I quit out of the browser since I had earlier read what there was of this thread at the time. I've never had this happen before.

    The thread in which this occurred was someplace in Community, maybe in the immigrant astronaut thread where I did later post something.

    Anyway I didn't think to right click it to see if it was really a link but it appeared to be formatted the way a link looks when we create one in a post.. it had that blue color in the font and otherwise standard font. Of course it was not a functional link yet since I had not posted or previewed the reply I had intended to construct.

    So "next time" if there is one, I'll try to preview the thing and right-click on the presumed link to see if it really is one. And try not to end up actually clicking on it or posting the previewed "reply". :eek:
     
  10. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I've passed this along to the site admins.
     
  11. chown33 macrumors 604

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    It might be safer to switch to non-GUI mode (rich text mode). To do that, click on the tiny wrench that's on the right end of the toolbar that appears at the top of the post-editing pane. If you hover over it, its tooltip says "Use BB Code Editor".

    In the BB Code mode, links will show the URL, without you needing to click on it.

    To switch back, click the "Use Rich Text Editor" link that appears at the lower left, below the editing pane.
     
  12. LizKat macrumors 601

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    You're right and my excuse was "up past my bedtime". Today I also realize I'm still likely to bail when my browser brings me unwelcome surprises.

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  13. tuandallas macrumors newbie

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    This method solved it instantly for me...


    Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data > swipe left on the trouble website to delete


    I had tried clearing browsing history multiple times, rebooting the phone, etc, to no avail. Deleting the trouble website from “Website Data” fixed it right away. I didn’t delete any of the other websites except the one that kept having the pop-up...for me it was www.bbc.com.


    FYI, my phone is iPhone 6 on iOS 11.1.1
     
  14. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    This is actually some form of malware, guys. I’ve had this popup showing up on almost every site I visited (I.e. even on Apple.com it could show up), and as pointed out already clearing Safari data gets rid of it. Surprisingly, clearing Safari data also completely restored the performance of my iPhone X which was experiencing significant inexplicable lag that was most likely caused by this “malware.”
     
  15. halluxsinister macrumors regular

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    I've seen it. Repeatedly. I end up closing the browser and re-openning it, and navigating to a different site, or using a different browser to open the page that causes that. It has kind of freaked me out every time I see it, because I wonder if it is the result of my device being compromised, or if someone of the programers responsible for Safari just screwed up and put/left code in Safari that allows this to happen. I'll tell you though, one thing I have never done and will never do, and that is touch ANYTHING on that page when it does appear.

    Anything. As far as I'm concerned, that's malware or a malware serving site. It's obviously fraudulent, since they have no way of knowing whether or not I'm an Amazon user, so the pop-up is clearly BS.

    After the second or third time I saw it, I started to look around and try to find if there is a "hosts" file on an iOS device, and to try to figure out how to block the DNS or IP address or both, but the iPad (what I was using at the time,) not being a real goddamned computer, (despite Apple pretending it is,) I could not find a way to edit the hosts file, that didn't involve having to "jailbreak" the device, or use a proxy or VPN external to it, (which I'm not sure would even work on a device connecting to the internet through the cellphone modem, (rather than through the WiFi).

    To combat this, I use a better browser than Safari for most websurfing now, since the way I figure it, the fact that this window keeps randomly popping up is a sure sign that Safari is not good enough for general browsing use.

    I now use Firefox and DuckDuckGo's browser, only using Safari for certain specific things.

    Before long, I plan to dump all my Apple stuff and buy a real computer again, and be done with Apple. Their quality has gone utterly to hell, and I suspect they're actually in-league with whoever is responsible for the "Congratulations Amazon User" BS, since they are also an advertising BS platform. (See "iAds".)

    But no, you're not the only one to see these things.
     
  16. decafjava macrumors 68030

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    Ummm this is very wrong since Apple dumped iAds long ago and whatever you think of them otherwise would never associate (nor would any other of the big tech companies) with such a shady practice.

    https://developer.apple.com/support/iad/

    Good choice using DDG but this sort of things happens with them and definitely Firefox as well. I suspect it is a problem with the website which means admin will deal with it as they always do.
     
  17. halluxsinister macrumors regular

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    Sorry. Should have said, "iAds or whatever they're calling it now."
     
  18. GovtMule66 macrumors newbie

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    I have been experiencing this problem for the past week and it’s driving me crazy. I receive the Amazon Congratulations Pop Up each time I go to ESPN.com. I have tried clearing history & website data under Safari. I have deleted website data under the advanced tab of Safari. I have tried rebooting the iPhone 6 but in the end the Pop Up continues to come back. Can someone please help me?

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  19. iapplelove macrumors 601

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  20. GovtMule66 macrumors newbie

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    I installed the AdGuard app yesterday and I still got the pop up last night. I have a iPhone 6 and a IPhone SE both with the latest IOS 11.2.5 but just the iPhone 6 has the pop up problems. This issue is starting to be very frustrating.
     
  21. M.PaulCezanne thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ha! Just logged-in to report seeing similar activity on BBC, and was greeted with the following ...

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    Also seeing this... The image links to NordVPN.

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  22. zachlegomaniac macrumors 6502a

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    I’ve had this happening to me off and on since this past fall on my iP7 and my father in law on his iPad Pro 10.5” (both on iOS 11.2.5). Very frustrating. I even had my phone replaced (for an unrelated issue regarding calls/connection) and have seen it on the replacement phone.
     
  23. I7guy macrumors P6

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    I have gotten this multiple times in the last week or so. I'm thinking some ad-websites are somehow being redirected to the domain that hosts these obnoxious ads. My phone does not have a virus, it has to be some web direction deep in the bowels of the internets.
     
  24. mpavilion macrumors 6502a

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    This has been happening on my wife’s iPhone 8 and it’s driving her nuts. It’s never happened to me. I read on the Apple support forums that turning off JavaScript will work, though that sounds extreme...
     
  25. rluvbeach macrumors member

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    i get directed to this site and very once in while when coming to macrumors....is this common or a problem on my end?
     

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