TCF pages automatically directing me to scam sites

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  1. Nov 26, 2017 #81 of 224
    Marc

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    In @RickStrobel's and my cases, we're getting those redirects on our iPhones. From what I can tell, unless one's device is jailbroken, it's pretty much impossible to get adware installed on an iPhone.
     
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  2. Nov 26, 2017 #82 of 224
    Mike Lang

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    I can't get any of them to show up on any platform under any account. If it's anything like AVS, only 1-3% of people see them, but those few see them a lot.
     
  3. Nov 26, 2017 #83 of 224
    ClearToLand

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    I know that you're running Chrome on an iPad 4:
    I have no problems reading, but you seem to be very quick to be dismissive.

    I spend an hour researching and composing my earlier reply to you and @RickStrobel . During that research I learned about Chrome Parental Controls, which are located inside your Google Personal Profile. Since I don't use a Google Personal Profile (i.e. log into Google to share my bookmarks, etc... across platforms), I asked if you did. It's a valid question and it still stands.

    I also asked if you had 'Third-Party Cookies' enabled or disabled.

    I've solved the problem on my tablets (running on my local LAN) and I'm only trying to share what I've learned to help others...
     
  4. Nov 26, 2017 #84 of 224
    ClearToLand

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    Is the WiFi on your local LAN and can you add filters in your router?

    If filters on your router are not an option, Pi-Hole on a Raspberry Pi can solve the problem for an entire LAN (vs installing blocking extensions on each device's browser).
    On Windows using Chrome, the following extensions work very well AND have 'Activity Icons' to the right of the Address Bar:
    1. uBlock Origin
    2. uBlock Origin Extra
    3. uBO-Scope / uBlock Origin Scope
    As I compose this reply, #1 shows "34" (sites blocked - started at 21 and keeps climbing) and #3 shows "356" (third-party site call attempts), AFAICT.
     
  5. Nov 26, 2017 #85 of 224
    ClearToLand

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    IMO, posting:

    landingdisplay DOT page DOT user DOT liimrs DOT com​

    is safer than posting an actual URL that TCF automatically converts into a clickable LINK that some unsuspecting / non-technical user might click on.
     
  6. Nov 26, 2017 #86 of 224
    ClearToLand

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    It appears that the majority of the problem is with iPhone users and possibly Android phone / tablets (i.e. me as one Android tablet data point) but your solution is for Windows computers.

    [ @Mike Lang: Securi Website Firewall keeps popping up with a 'Open a Support Ticket' form as I compose this reply. Now I can't PREVIEW - saving to Notepad in case REPLY TO THREAD fails. Can't REPLY. Opened new TAB in Chrome and began new reply w/ Cut-N-Paste from Notepad. Securi won't let me QUOTE Post #79. Removed Post #79 QUOTE. PREVIEW now works again. Bottom line in both paragraphs displays as CENTERED although BBCode view displays no tags. ALIGN LEFT has no effect. Securi Hosting Timeout Popup when attempting to REPLY TO THREAD.]
     
  7. Nov 26, 2017 #87 of 224
    RickStrobel

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    RickStrobel

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    RickStrobel

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    Previous two were on my Windows PC. Came back to my Mac with a TCF page I had left open and found this:

    Flash Player

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Nov 27, 2017 #90 of 224
    smbaker

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    Adding myself to the list of people who have had issues being redirected to spam/scam sites. It has happened to me twice within the last week, out of perhaps a half-dozen times that I have used the phone to access this website.

    My iPhone is about as plain as it gets. No jailbreak. Not even very many apps installed on it. This is the only website I have had this problem with. It's also the only forum I visit from the phone.
     
  11. Nov 27, 2017 #91 of 224
    dlfl

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    My Chrome was signed in to my Google account and I had syncing enabled. I don't benefit from this since there is no other device running Chrome that I want to sync/share data with. Thus I've turned both these things off.

    I've looked tediously through all the possible places I could set anything related to Chrome (i.e., both in iOS/iPad settings and my Google Account/Profile) and can't find anything about 'Third-Party Cookies'. This appears to be an example of how Android and iPad/iPhone settings affecting Chrome are just different, unless someone can tell me where to find this setting.
     
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  12. Nov 27, 2017 #92 of 224
    stevel

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    Blaming the victims is never the right approach. Yes, on some platforms there are things you can do to block TCF’s support of malevolent ad networks, but that’s like asking “what were you wearing?” There are enough reports of this inexcusable behavior that David should drop this ad provider immediately. Not that there is any ad provider out there that is 100% safe, but some are better than others. This is NOT adware on people’s devices, it’s TCF pushing scams.
     
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  13. Nov 27, 2017 #93 of 224
    dlfl

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    And ..... still getting verygoodads.com interruptions today.
     
  14. Nov 27, 2017 #94 of 224
    andyw715

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    I get it (congrats google user)consistently on iOS 11.1.2 with safari either cellular or wifi.
     
  15. Nov 27, 2017 #95 of 224
    LoREvanescence

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    Last night I could not brows or post on the forums on iOS via Safari.

    After 30 seconds or so I kept getting redirected to a spam page such as you are a google winner. You could not go back / had to close the tab and start over.

    This made it impossible to compose a message because it would always redirect while you were trying to type something. After this happening 10 times in a row I just gave up.
     
  16. Nov 27, 2017 #96 of 224
    kdelande

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    Adding my name to the chorus. iPhone on IOS 11. verygoodads.com and two others that I've lost the domain name for. Same crap as others, "You've won..." and it forcing my session to their site. Have to Close the window and go back several pages to get back to where I was.
     
  17. Nov 27, 2017 #97 of 224
    dlfl

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    I wondered if this was an iOS 11 issue but it's not, because my iPad 4 is on iOS 10.3.xx and says it is up to date. Apparently it will never go to 11.
     
  18. Nov 27, 2017 #98 of 224
    series5orpremier

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    I’m constantly getting hijacked on this website unless I’m using a VPN or unless I’m logged in.
     
  19. Nov 27, 2017 #99 of 224
    ClearToLand

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    FYI (from the Happy Hour Forum):

    I heard of Pi-Hole but not PiVPN.

    Thanks @BrettStah ! :thumbsup:
     
  20. raebyddet

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    No. Is there a verbal equivalent of smack hand to forehead. This is impossible on iPhones. This is your ad network serving bad ads. Either mistakenly or through not caring.

    The response here is bordering on whatever or it’s a problem with your device. This is not the answer.

    You have many people complaining, it’s even leaked into happy hour. This is not isolated to a few people this is a real issue. Please fix this. This is an ad network issue. Please reach out to them to report this.
     
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