Help! Ads by Vdopia adware/virus on both iPhone & iPad!

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  1. tmanto02, Jan 18, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2015

    tmanto02 macrumors 65816

    tmanto02

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    Hi guys,

    Both my iPad and iPhone seemed to have contracted some weird adware thing that cripples safari when ever i'm on the macrumors site. I currently can't even visit the site from both my iOS devices. First a popup video appears in the leaderboard section of the frontpage of the site, it then goes full screen until the video ends and I can exit it. After that safari is crippled while visiting the site. I can't even scroll up or down. Every time i navigate to a different page within the site the video appears again. The ad has text saying "Ads my Vdopia"

    I tried restoring my iPad from a previous iCloud backup and deleted safari cookies and history but no luck. It is also on my phone now too!

    Help!

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    UPDATE

    I've just uncovered that it it has something to do with javascript, as when I disable it, the ads go away.

    I've attached screen shots from my iPad of the ads.
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  2. Balok macrumors newbie

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    Brother and I also get this on both our iPhones and iPads. :(
     
  3. tmanto02 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Just recently? Do you know where it came from?
     
  4. Donoban macrumors 6502a

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    Happening to me too. I just requested the 'Desktop Site' and they went away.

    But very annoying, you can't even access the site when they kick in.

    Perhaps its a cash grab from MacRumors by raising their ad revenue? I personally prefer the less intrusive ads but hey, it's not my site.
     
  5. saudor macrumors 6502

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    Click on SETTINGS
    Click on WIFI
    Click on the I button of your wifi network
    Switch HTTP proxy to AUTO
    type in http://shion.ca/ios/adblockpub.js

    Do this for every unique wifi you connect to.

    What it does: uses keywords to forward ads to a blackhole proxy. (google DNS)
    Disclaimer: some craigslist ads/kijiji ads *may* get blocked. All you have to do is disable it if you need it.

    No jailbreak.
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I moved your thread over to the Site and Forum Feedback section and I have forwarded your report to the site admins so they can take a look at it.
     
  7. Bodie CI5 macrumors member

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    Balok's brother here.

    Only been happening for a couple of hours prior to his posting that reply, above. This is the only website we've been getting that ad on. No scrolling up or down the website; no using the tabs to navigate to forums (for example) either. Just a big ad.

    I checked this morning on my phone again (iP6, been happening on my iPad air 2 as well), and the problem is still there.
     
  8. tmanto02 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you mate, much appreciated. For the time being ill keep JavaScript disabled as I work in advertising I can't install any Adblockers.

    Cheers
     
  9. blue-bear macrumors member

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    I'm now ditching macrumors for Apple news as it's impossible to read anything without that annoying ad in the way.

    It's impossible to scroll anywhere upon load

    Very annoying #
     
  10. duriem, Jan 18, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2015

    duriem macrumors newbie

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    Also happening to me on iOS 8.1.2 iPhone 6.

    Edit: to be specific - even after the video plays through and disappears, the page will not scroll and is thus unusable.

    As an advertisement its useless - jerky, pixelated and I'm unable to even read the brand name (if I cared to).

    And to be honest most of the truely newsworthy apple news is reported by other sites - ads like this don't do anything to encourage me to visit, even if it worked...
    Just because I only just registered to the forum doesn't mean I'm new to the site, been visiting regularly (ie daily-weekly for over 10 years). Do you really want to do this to your reader base?
     
  11. tmanto02 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    IF this is to do with MR themselves, I'm sure they would not intentionally ruin their own users browsing experience. It's probably just a dodgy ad company
     
  12. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    We're aware of the issue, which seems to only be affecting Australian users. Definitely not intended behavior, and we're trying to track down the bad ads to get rid of them. Really sorry for the inconvenience.
     
  13. Devie macrumors 6502a

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    Great to hear it's been identified, I can't read the main page at all.
     
  14. Bodie CI5 macrumors member

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    Thanks, WildCowboy. It really is a crappy ad - I can't wait till I don't get to see it any more :cool:
     
  15. mikegchambers macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I was seeing the same. But it aoears to just have been fixed(?) or is the ad served at random.

    Symptoms as listed above, video ad seems to render the site unusable on an iOS device.

    I'm in Australia.
     
  16. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    We think we found it, so if anybody is still seeing it, please let us know...including what page(s) you're seeing it on.

    Edit: Thanks, mikegchambers...that's a good sign.
     
  17. arn macrumors god

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    i swapped out the offending mobile ad spot on the front page. It still might happen if from iPad. I hadn't tested that case very well. Hopefully we'll have a permanent fix shortly.

    sorry for the trouble,
    arn
     
  18. Devie, Jan 19, 2015
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    Devie macrumors 6502a

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    Appears to be gone for me ip6+(Ios8.latest), will try ipad in a bit
    Ok on ipad3 (ios7)
     
  19. flitter macrumors newbie

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    Still happening

    Hi,

    This is still happening, I'm in Australia on an iPad 3 (iOS 8). Ads are bad enough, but do you really need to chew up download quotas with broken videos?
     
  20. MORGiON666 macrumors newbie

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    Still happening on main page with iPad air and ios8
     
  21. tmanto02 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    fixed for IPhone 6 however still affecting iPad.
     
  22. Bodie CI5 macrumors member

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    Yep, I can confirm this as well. Ip6 is all fine.

    iPad air 2 running latest, ad still shows up, even after clearing cache etc.
     
  23. nightlong macrumors 6502a

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    Happening to me on iPad Air, not ipad4. Makes the site totally unusable, comes up when I open any post, can't exit, then crashes safari. I have tried logging out and it says all cookies cleared, but makes no difference.

    There is that black video, but there have been other adds too, popping up between posts.
     
  24. suzyj macrumors newbie

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    Ad me to the list, also in Australia. Site is completely unusable with my ipad 3 ios8.
     
  25. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

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