iCloud aggressive advertising

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Paulk, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. Paulk macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2008
    I was looking at iCloud, checking out the service, when I found that you have to subscribe to the service. Not much in money atm, but I don't want a subscription service, so I left the page, thinking that since I did not agree to anything, it was just a search, I would be left in peace.

    It was evening so I closed down for the night. This morning it came back again!

    Trouble is, I wasn't able to leave the page. I keep getting their ad on my safari. This one: http://www.apple.com/icloud/setup/mac.html. This is very annoying and blocks my ability to use safari to search with. At this rate I am going to switch to another search engine. I have never seen such aggressive and persistent advertising!

    It also comes up if I open a fresh window. I tried removing the ad, but it now comes up as a page of detailed instructions.

    I have never seen such aggressive and intrusive advertising!
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I'm wondering if you have some adware or something you may have installed. I don't get an ads or anything at that page and my browser does not go back there when I reopen.

    Try quitting Safari then hold the shift key when you restart it to prevent it from going back to that page. You also might ant to run a scan with the adware app MalwareBytes.
  3. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    iCloud requires that you create an account, but it doesn't require a subscription (unless you want more space than the 5GB that's provided for free).

    I've never seen an Apple ad that's aggressive, or redirects. Sounds like you might have something else going on. Weaselboy's suggestions would be good to check.

    Might also check in Safari Preferences and make sure there aren't any unknown Extensions that got installed somehow.
  4. Paulk thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2008
    Holding down shift key didn't make any difference, it still came up at the same page. MalwareBytes is a licensed product. I decided not to accept the agreement as I am not sure what it commits me to.

    Thanks for the help re coping with the issue. :)

    For now I have abandoned safari and gone back to google chrome as my browser.
  5. techguy9 macrumors 6502


    Aug 16, 2014
    Atlanta, GA
    MalwareBytes is well known here and I personally use it for stuff like this, so don't be afraid to install it :)

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