iPhone Is there a way I'm missing to stop Safari getting "ad jacked" and sending you to the App Store?

Xandros

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I'll be nonchalantly browsing a website and all of a sudden, the page redirects to some website and then the App Store loads up with some random app that's completely unrelated to what I was looking at. Recently it's been Sky Bet or something along those lines. Yea, great advertising there Sky Bet whoever you are, like I'm really going to take up betting by downloading an app when I was looking at cat memes.

I don't tend to use my iPhone for any serious browsing (clearly) so I'm usually just clicking links from Facebook or something, as such I expect there's a general consensus that this is a result of surfing unscrupulous websites, but even so, it's bloody irritating. In fact while I'm on the subject of irritating, it's annoying enough that some sites are able to push their ***** aps on people using Safari on iOS by having a massive banner show up at the top of the screen saying "Why use this perfectly good website when you can use our overly unintuitive app instead?".

Is there a way to stop any of this happening? I can't see any options for it in settings so I'm guessing that's a big nope and then there's another addition to my list of "Reasons why I will be upgrading to an Android device in the near future". Unless of course, I'm missing something.
 

C DM

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Not unless you disable JavaScript completely. Apple hasn't gotten around to doing anything about it for years now.
 
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C DM

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They did twice but companies found a way around it. Apple learned from those mistakes and now is giving an adaptive way to combat mobile ads.
I don't know if they actually implemented anything. There was a mention of it in one of the betas but hard to say if that actually materialized. Seems like it wouldn't be hard for them to control given that they have control over the browser and the App Store so any redirect can be handled by them in some way if they wanted to.
 

perkedel

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iOS 9 introduced ad blocking extensions so hopefully that means developers can make an extension that will block this.
I'd like to see that in iOS 9 the App Store cannot be launched from any other apps unless user taps on it. Now that would be some progress.
 
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C DM

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I'd like to see that in iOS 9 the App Store cannot be launched from any other apps unless user taps on it. Now that would be some progress.
And I've even seen that show up at times or at least from within other apps, so it's not like it's a really complex thing that Apple couldn't have done long ago by now.
 
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sunking101

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And I've even seen that show up at times or at least from within other apps, so it's not like it's a really complex thing that Apple couldn't have done long ago by now.
Exactly. They can manage to get the You Tube app to launch when you click on a browser link, so I'm sure they can get the App Store *not* to launch when you click on a browser or in-app advert.
 

rugmankc

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I have no exp with this stuff. But, have never been redirected on my iPhone or rMBP. I use AdBlock Plus on the mac, nothing on iPhone. Haven't looked, but is there an AdBlock Plus for iPhone that may help?
 
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