Your help needed: Some targeted ads to WUWT disrupt Apple product users

I’m sorry I have to write this, but I need your help, especially if you are an Apple products user, such as iPad or iPhone. I have been getting complaints from people that visit WUWT for a few days now that have been saying they have been getting these fake “Google” pop-up ads that redirect to another website, making it nearly impossible to read articles on WUWT.

I don’t own a single Apple product, so I can’t check, but I did verify with WordPress engineers that the problem exists, and is real. They think they finally have it locked down, but I need some help to check. So if you have either of these devices (seems to be a mobile device issue only) please check WUWT now and tell me if you see anything like this:

If you still see something like, please leave a comment and provide as much details as you can. If you have an Apple product, and you aren’t seeing this sort of ad, that information is useful too.

Thanks. I’m sorry for the trouble, I have no control over this.

Anthony

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November 7, 2018 5:28 pm

No problem a few minutes ago.

John Francis
Reply to  Mike Smith
November 7, 2018 5:46 pm

No problem on my iPad mini, latest OS, from Canada’s west coast

Reply to  Mike Smith
November 8, 2018 12:49 am

No problem on my iPad in New Zealand

Sara
Reply to  Mike Smith
November 8, 2018 4:54 am

I don’t have anything like that showing up, but I don’t use handheld IP toys. Just an ancient and reliable desktop.

Sorry to hear about this. Some people have nothing better to do than to make nuisances of themselves.

Heffner Rickye
Reply to  Mike Smith
November 8, 2018 5:32 am

No problem on iPhone latest OS

Tom Halla
November 7, 2018 5:31 pm

A nasty bit of hacking.

Bryan A
Reply to  Tom Halla
November 8, 2018 12:26 am

Always suspected Google was run by a bunch of hacks

Elizabeth Bozzell
November 7, 2018 5:31 pm

I have been getting those (annoying pop up ads) but not in the last couple of days. Thanks for addressing this!

Tom Halla
November 7, 2018 5:32 pm

A nasty bit of hacking. I do wonder about the motives of the hacker.
And the duplicate post filter is acting up again.

Wade
Reply to  Tom Halla
November 7, 2018 5:44 pm

What motivates the hacker? The same thing that motivates CAGW “research”: easy money with little to no hard work.

wouldrathernotsay
November 7, 2018 5:33 pm

I’ve had it happen once, but not in a few days.

Paul Miller
November 7, 2018 5:34 pm

From my iPhone 7 no issue now, sir

richard koo
November 7, 2018 5:34 pm

I am not seeing any fake pop up ads on this website. I am using safari on iPad running the latest iOS.

John Tillman
November 7, 2018 5:35 pm

Not on my iPhone.

I do get car ads and for some reason affordable septic service.

November 7, 2018 5:35 pm

No problem here, but I would put nothing past Apple, Amazon, Google in the dirty tricks department these days.

Robin Beran
November 7, 2018 5:35 pm

I see the ad when I open the item on the WUWT website using Safari on my iPad. Note that I also saw it when the item came to my Gmail account and I read it on the iPad. It also shows up in the email on my Android phone.

Derg
November 7, 2018 5:35 pm

Anthony this happened to me about a month ago. I had to kill the browser and open it again.

Lately, I have not seen this redirect.

u.k.(us)
Reply to  Derg
November 7, 2018 6:17 pm

Can’t give a certain timeline, but maybe 2-3 weeks ago I got the “pop-up” too.
Dell desktop, Comcast, Norton security. ??????
No issues lately.

Reply to  Derg
November 8, 2018 12:04 am

similar here…and on several other sites. Samsung galaxy/android.

Site looks clean now on my phone..

Jim
Reply to  Leo Smith
November 8, 2018 2:02 am

I have had these but not lately. I also get them on the “Daily Wire” site. Very annoying. I have to close out and come back in sometimes several times before they stop. I just thought some jerk was making it difficult to visit these sites. iPad.

November 7, 2018 5:42 pm

On my iPad a few days ago, but not since – Normally I would just close it out, but i did click the first link. They probably got the data they were seeking. If you find out the purpose of the hack please let us know.

Remy Mermelstein
November 7, 2018 5:43 pm

” I have no control over this.”
..
Actually you have full control over this. All you have to do is host this site on your own server, and you would not have to subject your users with ads because you are a cheapskate and won’t pony up to pay for a server.

[?? .mod]

[fake email address, fake IP address, “Remy” is just another sockpuppet fake of David -Anthony]

Ian H
Reply to  Remy Mermelstein
November 7, 2018 5:58 pm

WUWT needs the kind of server that can withstand a determined DOS attack. That isn’t a “your own server” kind of thing – you need professional hosting.

RACookPE1978
Editor
Reply to  Remy Mermelstein
November 7, 2018 6:30 pm

Remy Mermelstein

Actually you have full control over this. All you have to do is host this site on your own server, and you would not have to subject your users with ads because you are a cheapskate and won’t pony up to pay for a server.

And, since you appear to feel that way about things here, how much have you contributed to the upkeep and operations of this site from your pocket?
How much has the federal and state governments been paying for your salary and your computer storage at your university, your lab, your research projects? Where would you be, what would you be able to do without unwilling taxpayer support for your position?

David E Long
Reply to  Anthony Watts
November 7, 2018 11:47 pm

Throw some of that Big Oil money at the problem 😉

MarkW
Reply to  Remy Mermelstein
November 8, 2018 6:57 am

Remy knows as little about software and economics as he does everything else under the sun.

Joel O'Bryan
November 7, 2018 5:44 pm

That happened to me once. Kept happening even after I closed the window.
I finally closed the Firefox browser completely on my iPad. Then I flushed the memory state. Restarted. Haven’t seen it since. Looked to me like something was trying to insert malware by enticing me to click on the selection choice. I didn’t. I kept closing the window.

Happened in iOS, but not on my desktop OS X (El Capitan running Firefox browser).

Roger Macrury
November 7, 2018 5:57 pm

I have not seen the problem and use iPad and iPhone. I use Google as mail and ISP and Telstra is the service provider in Australia.

Please keep up the good work.

Roger.

Jax
November 7, 2018 6:05 pm

Android user here. I usually get Facebook ones, on various sites including WUWT.

ironargonaut
Reply to  Jax
November 10, 2018 12:27 pm

I got the ads Anthony asks about on android using firefox. A few days ago. Stopped me from using site for a day

Taphonomic
November 7, 2018 6:09 pm

Pop ups like that occur every so often on Apple products. The best way to deal with them is close out of Safari, go to Settings, Safari, and Clear History and Website Data.

That usually resolve the problem.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Taphonomic
November 8, 2018 3:10 am

Yes good advice to close the browser (rapidly press the main button below the screen on iPhones twice, then swipe the browser up and off the page). Reopen the browser. If the popup recurs, power down and restart (reboot) which will usually stop the recurring popups without needing to clear browsing data. But if not, clear cache as suggested. That may cause you to have to log in to some sites where you saved passwords, so that’s why I try to avoid clearing browser data.

I also see that sort of thing using realclearpolitics.com on a regular basis, but not recently on WUWT. Using iPhone 7.

Taphonomic
Reply to  Rich Davis
November 9, 2018 10:20 am

“Clear History and Website Data” doesn’t delete passwords.

Alex Rotaru
November 7, 2018 6:11 pm

Thanks for raising that Anthony, had that problem here in Aus about 2 weeks back on my ipad, not so much recently though. Virtualy had to restart the ipad to get around it, very nasty stuff from google, they should be shut down for their deception.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Alex Rotaru
November 8, 2018 3:16 am

It’s not Google, any more than it’s a Nigerian prince trying to reward you generously for helping them get their money out of the country.

It’s just criminals preying on gullible people who don’t realize that anybody can buy an add and copy a logo.

Do you really think that Google would have an advertisement with that many spelling and grammar errors?

Rich Davis
Reply to  Rich Davis
November 8, 2018 3:19 am

Damn autocorrect
“Buy an ad”

Jeff Alberts
November 7, 2018 6:11 pm

“Your help needed: Some targeted ads to WUWT disrupt Apple product users”

I’m having trouble caring about this.

Tweak
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
November 7, 2018 6:45 pm

Finally, something I can fully agree with.

Cyril Wentzel
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
November 7, 2018 11:30 pm

I use Apple products. Some skeptics do, you know, even though I detest their smug PR policies as PC apeasement.

To report: no issues on iPhone or iMac desktop with updated iOS.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Cyril Wentzel
November 8, 2018 6:30 pm

“I detest their smug PR policies as PC apeasement.”

Exactly why I have trouble caring. Apple is portrayed as perfect. At least they stopped the constant attack ads against PCs, but Apple as a company leaves a bad taste in my mouth, pun intended.

AGW is not Science
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
November 8, 2018 7:05 am

Affected Android phones too – so maybe you should (care).

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  AGW is not Science
November 8, 2018 6:31 pm

Don’t use my phone to read WUWT. I don’t use tiny screens for that.

Ty Hallsted
November 7, 2018 6:11 pm

I went through a period a few days ago where I had to click the Read More link to an article several times before it would go to the article instead of being hijacked to, not Google adware but a $1000 Amazon Gift Card adware.

Each time I went there there was no way to go back or cancel from the page itself. I had to select the history icon to bring up the the list of sites and delete it from there. After two or three of these cycles I could then get to the article.

Then often as not, as soon as I would scroll down to begin reading another of the same type ad would appear.

I was close to giving up about the time it just stopped. I haven’t had any trouble since.

Chris B
November 7, 2018 6:12 pm

No problem on iPhone 8plus here in Vancouver, BC

Red94ViperRT10
November 7, 2018 6:13 pm

I was getting hijacked regularly but it didn’t look like that. Most common was saying I won a prize from Amazon, less common said my ISP was conducting a survey (I briefly considered that might be authentic, but it did redirect me from the page I wanted to be on, so FAIL). I haven’t seen them for a few weeks. In that time, I changed from iPhone 6 to iPhone X, then upgraded the iOS (twice). I can’t recall if any hijacks occurred after those events. And I use only Safari on my iPhone.

HeaterGuy
Reply to  Red94ViperRT10
November 8, 2018 7:15 am

I was getting the same Amazon prize message. Flushing memory and restarting was not effective. Finally discovered that if I let the page start loading, and then hit the stop button (X in the URL bar) which prevented the “ad” from loading. Happened on iPhone 7 for about a week. Did not occur on iMac running Safari and Chrome during the same period.

Mark Beeunas
November 7, 2018 6:14 pm

No problems on my DynaTAC 8000x

Tom
November 7, 2018 6:14 pm

No problem on my ipad

John Adams
November 7, 2018 6:14 pm

No problem on my ancient iPad

Ed MacAulay
November 7, 2018 6:15 pm

iPad iPhone not seeing it. Don’t recall seeing it. But might have once in last couple of weeks. East coast Canada

Patrick MJD
November 7, 2018 6:18 pm

I can get to WUWT from my Crapple iPhone 7, no popup ads like you describe, but very slow though. This comment posted from a PC on a corporate network.

Editor
November 7, 2018 6:21 pm

iPhone, NSW Australia, no problems.

Pat Frank
November 7, 2018 6:22 pm

iPhone 6 and Safari: no problem

Rick
November 7, 2018 6:24 pm

I did get one on my Android phone a week ago, and I think it was on this site reading through Feedly. Haven’t had one since. Slammed it closed and went my way so no details.

Duncan Smith
November 7, 2018 6:26 pm

No problems iPhone 5/6, mine or my wife’s, Canada.

John G
November 7, 2018 6:26 pm

I had it happen a few days ago with my iPad, but tonight no problem.

Ricardo
November 7, 2018 6:29 pm

Hi Anthony,

No issue on either an iPad or iPhone from Australia. Haven’t seen anything on either device and do read WUWT everyday.

As always – thank you for the great work you do.

Willem69
November 7, 2018 6:33 pm

Never seen this ad.
Have been checking wuwt every day on ipadpro with latest ios.
Using from thailand, sometimes with a VPN and a US server.

I do get a lot of adds for solar panels though, if you can make those go away that would be great 🙂

Phil.
November 7, 2018 6:38 pm

No problem on my iPhone, I have seen similar ads on Facebook sometimes, very annoying.

SMC
November 7, 2018 6:39 pm

I see this kind of thing on my iPhone from time to time. I am not having a problem with it at this moment. When I do encounter it, it seems to occur when there is a university nearby or when I am in a more ‘liberal’ area. But the occurrences are sporadic and correlation may not be real. I will close out safari and then reopen and the issue usually doesn’t reoccur. On a few occasions, it has been a significant enough problem that I will turn on my vpn. Using a vpn cures the problem.

November 7, 2018 6:45 pm

No spam on my two devices Anthony. (MacBook Air, IPhone 8)
Cheers,
Jamie

Ron McCarley
November 7, 2018 6:49 pm

I had it for two days last week, and couldn’t even get to your site. Went to the Apple guru’s with my i6 twice and they couldn’t fix it. They speculated that it was due to the release of the new phones, and believed it would soon be fixed. Haven’t had a problem for a few days, but it was frustrating for a whole. I had it occur on multiple sites, not just WUWT.

Phil Rae
November 7, 2018 6:51 pm

No issue on an iPhone here in SE Asia. Keep up the good work! Your site continues to enrich my days and enhance my understanding of our amazing planet!

BuntChe70
November 7, 2018 6:51 pm

I switched from a Samsung phone to an I phone in March and have had this happen dozens of times since then. It doesn’t just affect WUWT. It first happened to me on the Major League baseball (mlb) website. I deleted the mlb icon and moved it over to the DuckDuckGo (DDG) search app. It hasn’t happened to that website since. A few weeks later it popped up on WUWT. So I moved it over to DDG which stopped that . It just moved over to other websites that I hadn’t moved over yet. It just happened again today.

As others have noted you can delete the page but the original website page has disappeared. Restarting the original website just results in the popup reappearing. Restarting the phone helped but eventually it reappears.

I think it has happened before on my Samsung but it wasn’t so hard to delete. I have not had it happen on Firefox that I am using on my Windows 10 laptop.

It has been a real pain in the ass. If nothing else it is an attempt at denial of service.

Hope this helps.

tweak
Reply to  BuntChe70
November 7, 2018 9:03 pm

DDG? Not much different than Bonzai Buddy in my opinion.

greengene
November 7, 2018 6:56 pm

This crap ad and the amazon ad have picked on other sites. I usually close the page and it is gone when I reopen. As far as I know, thay are not doing anything more the phishing in a very amateurish fashion.

Alastair Gray
November 7, 2018 6:57 pm

I got it too very annoyin i moved to firefox and that seemed to axoid it. Also got itonce on pc al

Rah
November 7, 2018 7:05 pm

It’s not just Apple. It occurred on my Droid. Oct 31 post concerning climate police being exposed in Video. For two full days I could not read that post because every time I opened it a message of the nature you described popped up blocking access.

Rah
Reply to  Rah
November 7, 2018 7:08 pm

I tried about a dozen times over two days to read that post. Finally on the third day the pop up went away.

Rah
Reply to  Rah
November 7, 2018 7:15 pm

I am not on FB or Twitter. Never have been. The phone is a Company phone owned by Hitachi. I use it all the time when working including up in Canada. I was in the Toronto area when that annoying problem occurred.

Rah
Reply to  Rah
November 7, 2018 7:17 pm

Never had a problem like that before.

Larry Hamlin
November 7, 2018 7:10 pm

Have not noticed this issue on either my iPad or iPhone.

Larry Hamlin
November 7, 2018 7:10 pm

Have not noticed this issue on either my iPad or iPhone.

Pat Lane
November 7, 2018 7:20 pm

No problem with my iPad Mini.

Flaga
November 7, 2018 7:21 pm

No problem on my iPone X here in Finland. Latitudes more than 62 degrees N help, I think.

Mike McHenry
November 7, 2018 7:44 pm

No problem on my iPhone 6d

Robert
November 7, 2018 7:44 pm

Anthony – I read your site almost exclusively on an iPad. I have not seen these pop ups.

Paul Hilton
November 7, 2018 7:51 pm

No problem from my iPhone or iPad with Safari. Also no problem from my Mac with Safari and Firefox. I’m near Calgary

philincalifornia
November 7, 2018 8:08 pm

Not seen it on my MacBook or my iPhone

Ken Mitchell
November 7, 2018 8:27 pm

Don’t see anything like that on my iPhone8.

gringojay
November 7, 2018 8:28 pm

No problems loading web pages on iPhone 6 using Safari, Bing or Yandex browsers.

Mike Wryley
November 7, 2018 8:29 pm

This was happening on my iPad with regularity some months ago,
Very irritating, a fake virus warning
Would have to clear history to get it to stop

Dave Beattie
November 7, 2018 8:53 pm

Okay on my iphone and iPad
B.C. Canada

E J Zuiderwijk
November 7, 2018 8:55 pm

I normally use an Android pad without the problem. However I have seen it weeks ago when occasionally using my MacPro laptop. I’ll keep an eye on it over the next few days.

Alan Tomalty
November 7, 2018 8:56 pm

I checked on my iphone and did not see anything unusual.

Annie
November 7, 2018 9:05 pm

I’ve seen somesuch thing on my tablet and/or ‘phone….both Samsung. I just closed everything down and ok since. I think I saw it twice but not lately so can’t be sure of details. I am based in Australia.

Eric Elsam
November 7, 2018 9:06 pm

Has not ever shown up on Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Using Google.

Earthling2
November 7, 2018 9:15 pm

No problem on my iPhone 6, iPad Pro or MacBook Pro in Safari. I do use an Ad Blocker in Safari which makes it a perfect no hassle experience. If I use Chrome on same devices without an ad blocker, it is basically unreadable and unusable due to so many ads blinking and flashing. And then crashes, presumably due to so much system resources being consumed…or is Chrome itself. The only caveat to that is if I am travelling at an Int airport on free wi-fi and forget to turn on my VPN, then somehow I am bombarded with stuff that I presume comes over the free wi-fi. Try and avoid ‘free’ wi-fi…nothing is free…Security Agencies ply the airports pretty regularly doing wireless deep inspections on devices if accessible on wi-fi. Cell data is better, and with a VPN if you can although they are starting to be illegal in some places.

Kroll
November 7, 2018 9:41 pm

Dissable java script. Only thing that really helps, because the malicious ad runns on the ad banners and is totally disconected from your browser or data stored on yor mobile device. As for information about you as a user stored in the net… well thats a different story.
Its a infected ad banner. Cracking down on a specific ad doesnt work, since they just copy paste the ad to a new site, account, company etc.
As long as google ads decides the ad banner is apropriate for you to see you will have those ad banners popping up. Had the problem since 2014, at times for entire weeks… Couldnt open any site with java scropt enabled, even the ‘legitimate’ ones, like big news sites etc. As long as the site had an ad banner… since many sites dont even work without java script, couldnt acces those no matter what. And the sites i did open didnt have any ad fevenue from me visiting since no java script means no ads prette often.
The problem miraculously dissapeared one day, after a looong time resisting I finally switched to yes on the google account checkbox asking me if I allow google to colect my data to provide ‘personalized’ ads…

GDP
November 7, 2018 9:45 pm

My first ever comment but long time reader.

I have been plagued by this problem in recent days. It was on other websites showing ads as well but only on Apple Safari browser.

At the time of writing it hasn’t happened for a few hours. Thank you for your efforts to resolve.

Pierre Maloka
November 7, 2018 10:06 pm

Was getting this up until a few days ago on iPhone X, thanks so much for addressing this. Now if only other sites would too -lol.

Mike MacKenzie
November 7, 2018 10:09 pm

I’ve been getting these off and on every since I got my new iPhone almost exactly a year ago. On WUWT and other sites. But none here in the last few days.

Mack
November 7, 2018 10:10 pm

Hi Anthony,

Experienced the problem for approx the last 3 days solid when accessing both your site and Paul Homewood’s at Not a Lot… from my iPad in the UK. No other sites affected. Targeted perhaps? The pop up adverts would appear within seconds of accessing a particular article on your respective sites and would only be readable after closing down the ads, coming off your page and re-connecting perhaps 3 or 4 times. Very frustrating. Interestingly, this is the first article that I have read since the problem began where the ads haven’t appeared. Funny that.

Carl Friis-Hansen
Reply to  Mack
November 7, 2018 11:36 pm

@Mack and whom it may concern,
closing an advert by clicking or tapping is risky, I would never click on anything, that is not related to the website/article I intend to read.
Further, why would regular readers of WUWT go through a search engine to come here? When you have just once written the correct URL directly, most environments are set up so you can just type a few something like “watt” and the full URL is filled in for you.

Chris
Reply to  Mack
November 8, 2018 3:44 am

Similar problem to Mack in the UK on an elderly iPad. I find the easiest way to clear them is to open a second window, click the show all windows button and then click the X button on the affected window. Cant find an adblocker for Safari for my iPad but have started using Brave a browser + adblocker. Seems to work well thus far

John Lautsch
November 7, 2018 10:13 pm

MacBook Pro: No problems.

Mark
November 7, 2018 10:37 pm

Doesn’t affect my iPhone 6 (iOS 12.1)
Has affected my new iPad also running iOS 12.1

Cleared history and cookies –

Cheshire Pete
November 7, 2018 10:51 pm

Happened to me on my iPad earlier this week, but has gone now after the change Anthony mentioned. As others have mentioned, made it impossible to read articles. 1 Ad was offering me a £500 Primark voucher, and 1 to win a new IPhone. It wanted me to pay £2.99 p&p which sparked a Red Alert and I closed the browser TAB down.

Bill Pekny
November 7, 2018 11:04 pm

Anthony. I have an iPhone 6s, and I’ve seen that pop-up a couple of time over the last week, but not tonight. Bill

kwg1947
November 7, 2018 11:44 pm

iPhone SE, using safrai link to search, and no issues!
Ken

Susan
November 7, 2018 11:45 pm

I was getting it up till yesterday. Is there a route for reporting these things?

Mike
November 7, 2018 11:55 pm

Not on my iPad today in the UK

Mike A
November 8, 2018 12:06 am

I have had this on iPad and iPhone over three days this week 5-7 Nov. None today. Live in UK.

Pauline
November 8, 2018 12:25 am

I am in UK and I have had these annoying pop ups, which spoiled your site. There have been none today though so I hope the problem is resolved.
Thank you for hosting a wonderful and interesting blog

Geoff
November 8, 2018 12:50 am

I have had the problem on my ipad for the last couple of days but today it is OK

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
November 8, 2018 1:04 am

Yes I have suddenly a couple of days ago started getting this constantly popping up whenever I view WUWT on my iPad and it freezes everything and is highly disruptive. I have tried everything to get rid of it but can’t.

Then I noticed that it must be triggered by a specific pixel group in the centre of the screen when scrolling up or down, so I now am careful to only use the sides to move up and down and find I can manage to read the excellent material on my favourite website.

If you find a way of disabling this pest please advise.

Thanks

ralfellis
November 8, 2018 1:27 am

Yes, I had this come up. The address it pointed to was this one.

http://google-com-win-a-free-gift-from-walmart-amazon-iphone.avbikuscaoms.com/home/valid?jkhjkhetjkewhkjth=1294;3;2e0e785dd4625c93d5f59db7de4445e0;f8fbcf2065ab3d92ca3411ad8d1f8884;0;1009461_1705;http://google-com-win-a-free-gift-from-walmart-amazon-iphone.avbikuscaoms.com

It also sent an email to me, with the same advert.

R

P.S. Why does WordPress no longer remember who I am, so I have to reenter my details with each post…?

.

Mike
November 8, 2018 1:28 am

Affected my iPod 6/7 Nov viewing WUWT only. Only escape was to move site.

Kim Swain
November 8, 2018 1:31 am

I had the problem on all my iOS devices and considered asking if you knew anything about it but thought I might be wasting your time! I cleared all cached data in Safari through Settings on the devices and have had no further issues

EternalOptimist
November 8, 2018 1:44 am

Using safari on an ipad in the uk. I had this problem for the last few days.
It happens only on wuwt, if i click the page behind, it disappears for a few seconds, then comes back.
If i click close, it comes back once more.
I have pop ups disabled in safari and fraudulent website indicator enabled.

Russell Robles-Thome
November 8, 2018 1:47 am

Couldn’t use WUWT yesterday on my iPhone because of the constant fake ads. Seems OK now.

meltemian
November 8, 2018 2:36 am

Thank heavens, I think you’ve fixed it. Being away from home I only have my iPhone so I have been unable to get past the bug and read any of your posts for the past few days.

Scute
November 8, 2018 2:50 am

Im on an iPhone. I was getting them but very plain: a pop up menu taking up 2/3 area of screen, same shape more or less a iPhone screen so a border all round constituting the original page in the background. Black text on white. It was plain text, not fancy, no colour or logos. Google was mentioned in most or all. Happened three times over last 5-7 days.

Keith
November 8, 2018 3:01 am

I experienced this issue on an iPhone 5 ten days ago and turned off settings that might allow these ads through. Under the “Privacy” settings tab there is a tab at the bottom for “Advertising” and in that a toggle for “Limit Ad Tracking.” I thought that was for Apple targeted ads but turned it on anyway. The ads ceased immediately.

Scott W Bennett
November 8, 2018 3:02 am

No problems on iPad mini iOS 11.4.1 with Safari in Australia. Maybe I should hold off on that 1.24 GB update – that Apple wants me to install*.

*iOS 12, which could be the cause of the problem

Bill Marsh
Editor
November 8, 2018 3:07 am

No Ads in sight

Robertfromoz
November 8, 2018 3:29 am

Some ads for iPhone and a few google surveys maybe two weeks ago but ok since ,using an iPad in OZ.

Crispin in Waterloo
November 8, 2018 3:35 am

I had no problems with a BB running BB10 in Beijing during that time, however I did notice that if the browser was left open sometimes it would drain the battery because of some ad. I can’t say that was unique (airports are notorious) but WUWT ads do sometimes try to take control of something.

Is it possible that there is some keystroke recording taking place while making comments, by which I mean going ‘elsewhere’, not to the page?

bonbon
November 8, 2018 4:23 am

Someone complained to me FireFox on WinXP (patched!) had these problems with WUWT and NoTricksZone.
Looks like a popup, or a script looping.

Tom in Florida
November 8, 2018 4:39 am

Kind of a mixed bag of remarks. Could it be the carrier or the security program and level set? Perhaps that info could be included.

I have an iPhone 6 with the most current updates and Norton Security Suite. My carrier is Verizon. No problems.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Tom in Florida
November 8, 2018 4:49 am

I should also mention that I set the security very high on all my devices with history and cookies deleted at the close of the browser.

Ralph Kirkland
November 8, 2018 5:16 am

I get similar popups on my ipad. They are from other sites, but not yours. I have not determined the cause, but I don’t think it is related to your site. If it were related to your site, all these people would be seeing the same problem.

[What version ipad? .mod]

Dave H
November 8, 2018 5:30 am

Checked this morning, 8 November, No issue on either iPad or iPhone . I mainly use laptop to access your site and haven’t had any issues there

Jay Dunnell
November 8, 2018 5:34 am

No pop up here, running iPhone 6 with latest iOS. I would point out that sometimes Google ads also target Windows machines with a “Windows infected” ad that is near impossible to bail from. I’ve switched from Chrome to Firefox (no ad block) and haven’t had the issue yet. I lay the blame at Google Ad’s feet as the phenomenon is NOT the website, but the unscrupulous ads they let go into the wild!

Hocus Locus
November 8, 2018 5:39 am

This is yet another useless comment to the effect that it did not happen to me; or it did happen and I have nothing to offer but vague recollection of same; or I have a link here from my address bar that is from the end of the redirect chain and cannot identify the page inclusion that started the chain; or I have something boorish to say about Apple.

Dick Piland
November 8, 2018 5:46 am

No problems on my iPhone 6s in the front range of Colorado.

JimG1
November 8, 2018 5:46 am

Got one of these ads on my Samsung galaxy 10.1 2014 version notepad. Had to turn off the notebook and restart to get off that page!

Joe Chang
November 8, 2018 5:50 am

several conservative websites have Ads that seem to auto-launch redirecting to an Ad website, offering freebies or something.
I tried blocking these websites,
But iOS sucks in not letting entire domains to be blocked.
also, the most recent version of iOS seems to have remove the website blocking, so Apple sucks

Schrodinger's Cat
November 8, 2018 5:58 am

I got one of these ads yesterday when using my Apple device. It took a while to get rid of the ad. I even let the countdown time out but it just reset the timer. I can’t remember whether or not I was visiting WUWT but since I am a very frequent visitor, I probably was.

I’ve just read the plea by Anthony while using my PC. I immediately tried my ipad but there was no sign of the problem. I seem to remember seeing a similar irritating ad about a year ago.

Cube
November 8, 2018 6:04 am

Not seeing at problem at the moment.

Gary
November 8, 2018 6:24 am

No problem on my iPhone 6 running iOS 12.1

Ty Hallsted
November 8, 2018 6:24 am

In addition to the free Amazon card hijack, I also received this one once, maybe twice:

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If it helps, I’m on an iPhone 5, AT&T Network, iOS vsn 11.4.1

David Thompson.
November 8, 2018 6:36 am

It’s been happening for some time on one of my favorite news sites. I’m suspicious that the ISP is at fault for this. Using the VPN may help.

Rob Swift
November 8, 2018 6:52 am

I was getting similar up until last night here in Blighty, but not tried today except on a Windows PC. Sent you a message yesterday via your contact page with more details.

Otteryd
November 8, 2018 6:59 am

Thursday – same here – initial problem for about two or three days but clear now. No problem with Paul Homewood’s site. I hope you are not being targeted – but if you are it’s a sort of backhanded compliment recognising your influence

AGW is not Science
November 8, 2018 6:59 am

I WAS getting this a couple of days ago. Not getting it now, so the “lock down” seems to be effective.

More importantly, I have both an i-phone (work provided) AND a Samsung (Android) phone (personal), and I was getting that shit on BOTH platforms, so it wasn’t JUST an “apple” issue – seemed to affect ANY mobile device.

Pissed me off when I was being essentially prevented from reading WUWT based on some ass who thinks my access to something other than “their” misinformation should be barred!

AGW is not Science
November 8, 2018 7:01 am

P.S. At one point, I even tried answering the stupid survey questions, just to see if that would get rid of it. No dice, it was clearly an attempt at “denial of service” or something like that.

Otteryd
November 8, 2018 7:08 am

having said that I have just logged on to Paul Homewood’s site and found the bu88ers have hit that too

Philip
November 8, 2018 7:10 am

No problem on my iPad, Android phone or multiple MacBook Pros, but I am running Pi-hole on my home network. It does a pretty good job of filtering out stuff without the need to load ad-blockers on every device/browser.

AGW is not Science
November 8, 2018 7:15 am

P.P.S. I was on Safari on the i-phone and Firefox on the Android, so if was affecting different browsers, too.

Farmer Ch E retired
November 8, 2018 7:30 am

I’ve had similar adds redirecting me to an Amazon promo. I’m not sure if it’s real because I’ve never followed the link. It’s a one-way trip that I cannot back out of. It’s probably happened on my iPhone a dozen or so times over the last several months. I don’t recall it on my iPad.

I’ve shrugged it off as the cost of using socialist media.

RHS
November 8, 2018 7:47 am

I get these on my Android phone using the Chrome browser.

November 8, 2018 7:55 am

That also happens with Android devices. When I engage my Norton Privacy VPN service (which I don’t normally use on known secure networks because it degrades bandwidth a bit) that blocks the malware that is not blocked by my standard Norto Mobile Security.

Chucky77
November 8, 2018 8:05 am

I’ve had this problem in the past.

No problem here today in Ohio.
I use an iPad.

Editor
November 8, 2018 9:01 am

Anthony ==> Using my wife’s iPad (I would not own an Apple product if they gave it to me free –might if they paid me enough..:-):

ALL IS WELL — no fake Google page.

Coeur de Lion
November 8, 2018 9:16 am

On my iPhone- just so and bloody annoying! But so glad it’s you and not me! Hope u can fix

Rogerwelsh
November 8, 2018 9:31 am

I had repeatedly for 2 days. Deleted my google history and it did not reappear.

u.k.(us)
November 8, 2018 9:44 am

“If you’re not taking flak, you’re not over the target.”

Jay Dunnell
Reply to  u.k.(us)
November 8, 2018 10:41 am

I am so stealing this one for future reference!

Bob boder
November 8, 2018 9:55 am

Was happening a couple days ago, but not now, happens on a lot of sites from time to time, usually political sites but sometimes sports related ones as well. There is a Verizon and Amazon version of the redirect thing as well.

mario lento
November 8, 2018 11:27 am

I get “We use cookies” but the site works fine on my iPhone 8 plus.

ciphertext
November 8, 2018 11:53 am

All good from my iPhone (latest iOS release) using Safari to view the web page.

kramer
November 8, 2018 2:08 pm

Been seeing a lot of redirects lately when using my iPhone, mainly on other sites. Not so much on this site.

thingadonta
November 8, 2018 2:24 pm

This is what pops up on bing when you type in ‘wattsupwiththat’

“Watts Up With That? is a blog promoting climate change denial that was created by Anthony Watts in 2006…”

‘Climate change policy denial’ would probably be more accurate.

JoshC
November 8, 2018 2:42 pm

I have this issue on my Android phones. It happens on a few other sites also.

It comes and goes – every few weeks I get it here on WUWT.

Darrin
November 8, 2018 3:18 pm

iphone 7 with latest OS update installed, no issues but also run Ad Blocker so rarely see popups anyway.

FYI for those reading this. Hands down my two favorites apps are Ad Blocker and Hiya. Ad Blocker makes my online experience much better and Hiya does such a good job blocking spam calls I no longer feel like I need to let numbers I don’t recognize go to VM.

Paul
November 8, 2018 5:30 pm

No ads but I use a ad blocker on my ipad

AnthonyH
November 8, 2018 5:37 pm

I have had this happen on this and other sites.

For me, it usually isn’t instantaneous, but will redirect a tab that has been open a while. It usually fills the “back” queue with copies of itself, so your actual page is lost.

Thanks for your diligence in monitoring for this BS.

Лазо
November 8, 2018 7:22 pm

AT&T, LTE, iPhone SE & iOS 12.0.1 and it’s working just fine.

SF
November 8, 2018 9:21 pm

I had one about two months ago but have not experienced any recently. iPhone SE, IOS 12.0.1, AT&T and using office wifi mostly.

BillJ
November 8, 2018 10:37 pm

I was getting those type of redirect ads for several days when trying to read articles here. They seem to have stopped now. I’m an Android user not Apple fwiw.

John
November 8, 2018 11:10 pm

In IOS you can block pop ups in safari. Go to settings/safari and choose option. I do and have no problems of this kind on iPhone, iPad. On a MacBook I believe that is the default.

Ty Hallsted
Reply to  John
November 9, 2018 4:13 am

Consider yourself lucky John. My pop-up blocker is on and I still get them. Do you still see the embedded ads when viewing WUWT?

From what I can tell these aren’t popups – they are url redirects. After arriving at the url in the link clicked (in this case WUWT) one of the ads being displayed redirects to a completely different destination url. Given that the ads displayed are determined by your online activity it is entirely possible that this is only seen by a subset of iPhone users. And since the ads targeted at someone are rotated, it is also random whether and when anyone will see it.

FWIW, WUWT isn’t the only site where I’ve seen this happen on my iPhone. I have not seen it on my iMac.

Mardler
November 9, 2018 1:08 am

No problem on this iPad Air (gen 4) running iOS 12.0.1 and viewing WUWT in Safari in England.

However viewing the Daily Telegraph homepage (same kit) has been constantly interrupted by this malware for the last few days.

It would appear that the hackers have upped their game and have started to infect many more sites.

richard
November 9, 2018 1:57 am

I have two ad blocks so I never get pop up ads anymore.

Heartily recommend Privacy badger.

richard
November 9, 2018 2:00 am

Come on guys this is not difficult to solve!i

Michael Cox
November 9, 2018 4:23 am

I’ve had the same thing, but it’s “Congratulations Amazon User”, pop up intermittently on this site for months. IPad Air2. Regards.

John B
November 9, 2018 11:44 am

I check WWUWT regularly using iPad and have had no problems recently.

I am located in France.

Patrick Bols
November 9, 2018 1:49 pm

I use exclusively Apple products and have no problem. One thing I like to mention is the recent update of their operating system called Mojave. I updated without problems but others may have problems associated with it.

James Moyes
November 10, 2018 3:19 pm

Yes,Iwas getting these on my iPad in UK.Easy to click on back button and return toWUWT .
Peace n love .

Yes you

November 11, 2018 8:24 pm

Just checked on my iPhone (don’t normally use it for web reading): no problems with WUWT. Carry on! /LEJ

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