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

tmanto02

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jun 5, 2011
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333
Australia
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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Donoban

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Sep 7, 2013
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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!

*******
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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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.
 

saudor

macrumors 6502a
Jul 18, 2011
790
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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.
 

Weaselboy

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Staff member
Jan 23, 2005
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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.
 

Bodie CI5

macrumors regular
Apr 22, 2014
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Just recently? Do you know where it came from?
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.
 

tmanto02

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jun 5, 2011
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Australia
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.
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
 

blue-bear

macrumors member
Jun 23, 2010
45
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#straya
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 #
 

duriem

macrumors newbie
Jan 18, 2015
1
0
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?
 
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tmanto02

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jun 5, 2011
1,148
333
Australia
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?
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
 

WildCowboy

Administrator/Editor
Staff member
Jan 20, 2005
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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.
 

Bodie CI5

macrumors regular
Apr 22, 2014
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78
Thanks, WildCowboy. It really is a crappy ad - I can't wait till I don't get to see it any more :cool:
 

mikegchambers

macrumors newbie
Jun 14, 2010
11
0
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.
 

WildCowboy

Administrator/Editor
Staff member
Jan 20, 2005
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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.
 

arn

macrumors god
Staff member
Apr 9, 2001
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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
 

flitter

macrumors newbie
Apr 6, 2008
5
0
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?
 

tmanto02

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jun 5, 2011
1,148
333
Australia
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
fixed for IPhone 6 however still affecting iPad.
 

nightlong

macrumors 6502a
Jun 16, 2012
825
149
Australia
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.
 

suzyj

macrumors newbie
Dec 30, 2014
29
1
Ad me to the list, also in Australia. Site is completely unusable with my ipad 3 ios8.
 
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