iPhone Suddenly getting adds in paid for apps.

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by lyceumHQ, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. lyceumHQ, Dec 3, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2015

    lyceumHQ macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2010
    I know I'm reaching here but I can't think of anything else that may be causing them.

    I have suddenly started getting video adds in paid for apps that have never had adds in since I upgraded from the free version. and and am wondering if it could be a tweak I've installed?

    Here's a list of everything I have in Cydia.

    Apple File conduit 2

    Big Boss Icon Set
    Bytafont 3

    Clear Badges
    Cydia Installer
    Cydia Substrate
    Cydia Translations

    Flex 2
    Folder Enhancer
    Fusion (theme)


    iCleaner Pro

    Messages customiser
    Muli Font


    Pangu unteather

    Repo support

    Soft for iOS 9
    Speed intensifier
    Substrate safe mode.

    All tweaks are paid for. All apps are paid for.

    Is there anything there that could be causing adds to pop up in paid for apps?

    Have also emailed the devs of the apps to see if they've included it in any recent updates (although I know for sure one app that now has adds and didn't before hasn't received an update since 2013).

    Obviously I can't restore and see if that helps because I'd lose my jailbreak.

    If anyone has any other ideas or suggestions Please feel free to share.

    I have just installed untrusted host blocker so will see how it goes but would ideally like to find the cause.
  2. mrkramer macrumors 603


    Jul 11, 2006
    I haven't jailbroken for a long time, but how recent was your jailbreak? In the past at least there were ways apps could detect if they were running on a jailbroken device, could there be something in the app that the developers programmed them to display ads on a jailbroken device? I could see a developer programming their app to detect a jailbreak and if the device is jailbroken displaying ads to at least get some revenue from the people who pirate it and since they have no way of knowing which copies are legitimate and which are pirated they have to just go with all jailbroken devices.
  3. lyceumHQ thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2010
    It's iOS 9 and a 6s which I bought just over a month ago so not an old Jailbreak.

    I have the same apps I had on my Jailbroken iPhone 5 and had no apps them.

    As I said there's one app that's not had an update since 2013 (still works perfectly thankfully) and I used it on iOS 8 Jailbroken so I think had the dev done that then I would have gotten adds then.

    I'm trying to think if there's any I have installed and removed but I always buy my tweaks and always pay for apps.
  4. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
  5. lyceumHQ thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2010
    Bejewelled blitz.

    Wifi mouse pro.

    The tesco mobile app (UK provider I use the app to keep an eye on my allowance. It's a free app but has never had adds).

    Sky TV app (same as above - a free app to control my sky TV set top box but it's never had adds).
  6. JackieInCo macrumors 601

    Jul 18, 2013
    Install minimal hosts blocker and you will block ads in those apps as well.
  7. lyceumHQ thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2010
    I have done. As I said in my first post.

    But id rather find out what is causing me to suddenly have adds in apps that have never had them before. These are apps that haven't had an update. So that can't be the cause of it.

    I'd rather get rid of whatever it is. Not mask the problem.
  8. darricksailo macrumors 601


    Dec 18, 2012
    Do you remember any tweak(s) you installed/updated right before this problem started offering?
  9. lyceumHQ thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2010
    Erm not really. I don't recall exactly when it started. Just a few weeks back.

    I did have Facebook++ installed and did try a few tweaks to attempt to stop Facebook running in the background. Non of them worked and they were all removed.

    Hopefully a 9.1 JB will be along sooner rather than later and I can restore. Now I'm done 'new Jailbreak/iOS/phone' messing about' I can stick to the tweaks I have installed.

    Untrusted host blocker seems to be working but I think I'll have to uninstall 1 by 1 to see what's causing it. But I'm more inclined to think it's a 'left over' from another tweak as all the ones I have installed are by respected devs and are popular tweaks. Of if they caused this I'm sure there would be more incidences noted on the forum.
  10. lyceumHQ thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2010
    Just a little update.

    I emailed all the creators of the apps and have heard back from the maker of Wifi Mouse pro.

    He said he had mistakenly included adds in the free version for some countries. Mine included. And would fix this asap.

    I can only assume it's a server side thing because the app itself hadn't been updated since 2013. But it does connect to a server.
  11. pdxmatts, Jan 7, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2016

    pdxmatts macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2013
    Portland, OR
    Did you try to clear the preference files in iCleaner Pro? Facebook ++ did have video ads in it and even though you deleted the tweak, it could still be in your preferences files. Also untrusted host blocker is different than minimal hosts blocker. You can also download No iAds recommended by the minimal hosts blocker dev. You can find it in this repo http://iostonykraft.github.io/
  12. mikecwest macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2013
    Could you have "accidentally" installed a pirated version of a cydia tweak by mistake that is compromised?
  13. lyceumHQ thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2010
    I've installed untrusted host blocker and it's not happened since. But I still don't know what is causing it (I'm sure it would resume if I removed untrusted host blocker).

    I have double checked all my Cydia tweaks are genuine.

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