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  • ubergine 21 Mar 2014 03:22:18 2,555 posts
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    Last couple of days I've been getting this thing where my iPhone starts to open the App Store while I'm viewing Eurogamer or the forums. This has happened to me before with Minecraft Forums quite some months ago. I never leave it long enough to see where it goes in case it is somehow a virus - when MCF was doing it though it went to fucking Candy Crush on the one occasion I left it loading long enough. A viral advertisement? If it's deliberate, I find it really offensive, and if it's not deliberate, either you or I have an irritating hack going on.

    Edited by ubergine at 03:22:52 21-03-2014

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ubergine

  • Nanocrystal 21 Mar 2014 03:23:18 1,087 posts
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    Mine's been doing the same, and on other websites. I don't think it's an EG issue.
  • ubergine 21 Mar 2014 06:48:11 2,555 posts
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    Perhaps statistically I'm on Eurogamer more than other sites so it could be coincidence that it happens here.

    I just looked at Minecraft Forums on my PC. The thing down in the corner which tells you what is downloading from various sources always goes nuts on that site, the ads I'm guessing, visiting it always feels like thrusting your hand into a pot of cold soup filled with worms.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ubergine

  • uiruki 21 Mar 2014 09:22:20 3,709 posts
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    It's almost certainly some JavaScript from an ad. Ad aggregators do too little to make sure ads are actually safe to serve up. That said, I've only seen Infamous ads for a while now on my phone. Might be location-based as I'm in the UK.
  • lucky_jim 21 Mar 2014 09:36:54 5,327 posts
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    Yep, it's to do with the ads, and it fucking sucks balls. Are EG *really* ok with users being taken away from the site? Often it happens each time the page loads, so you get taken to the app store, go back to the browser, only to be take back to the app store again. At that point, I give up.

    Such ads are, imo, little better than viruses and phishing scams, and certainly damage my trust in the sites concerned.
  • craigy Staff 21 Mar 2014 10:29:54 7,725 posts
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    @bennyw01 Paging Dr. Benny...
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  • TarickStonefire 21 Mar 2014 12:41:20 3,251 posts
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    Mines doing the same while I'm using Zite to read stuff.

    EDIT: Just saw posts suggesting ad-related. I suppose it must be that, ads inside web pages that I'm reading could be doing it. But I'm certainly not tapping them.

    Edited by TarickStonefire at 12:43:09 21-03-2014

    Any Netflix library in the world for a couple of quid a month? Gimme!

  • Salaman 21 Mar 2014 12:45:35 19,312 posts
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    I have the same thing on Android but only on the websites that are affiliated with icanhazcheesburger or whatever it's called.
    Failbook or verydemotivational are often good for a quick read on the can but with an ad there that drags me to the play store, I've given up on the site for now.
    Luckily not yet the case on EG.

    *fingers crossed*
  • bennyw01 Ad Trafficker, Gamer Network 21 Mar 2014 13:37:54 227 posts
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    @craigy Dr. Benny is at the scene. Will get this looked into immediately.
  • ubergine 22 Mar 2014 12:44:21 2,555 posts
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    Thanks. It only happened that bunch of times over a couple of days, don't know it will happen again, but was always just at random moments while browsing forums or couple times in the main site. If it happens again I'll let it load in App Store to see where it goes, if it's an "ad" it's totally unacceptable! Like having your TV suddenly switch channels to an infomercial channel at random moments.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ubergine

  • yegon 22 Mar 2014 13:46:35 5,340 posts
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    Yep, it's happened to me on iPhone and iPad across a variety of sites. Pretty annoying, feels like a spyware infested pc when it does it.


    Makes me mourn the loss of my jailbreak and AdBlocker/AdBlocker networks, but the iPad especially was in dire dire need of 7.1.

    Edited by yegon at 14:04:18 22-03-2014
  • ubergine 22 Mar 2014 22:09:00 2,555 posts
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    No jIlbreak here, and it doesn't seem to be happening anymore thankfully.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ubergine

  • yegon 23 Mar 2014 09:02:40 5,340 posts
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    I wouldn't be so sure, I can go a week without it happening then it can happen twice in quick succession.
  • ubergine 24 Mar 2014 13:25:30 2,555 posts
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    Just happened twice while viewing THIS page:

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-03-24-new-dragon-age-inquisition-screenshots-swoop-in

    Then again AS I WROTE THIS POST.

    Went to something like "Dragon War: Fire Age" I'll take better note of the name next time, generic instantly forgettable shit (which I instantly forgot unless that name is correct!)

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ubergine

  • ubergine 24 Mar 2014 13:26:29 2,555 posts
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    "Game of War: Fire Age"

    That's four times in about 90 seconds!

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  • ubergine 24 Mar 2014 13:36:37 2,555 posts
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    The cocksuckers have a banner ad across the top of each Eurogamer Mobile screen. I'm not touching the ad, it just jumps to App Store again and again. 5 times now.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ubergine

  • ubergine 24 Mar 2014 13:38:10 2,555 posts
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    6, only happens when the game is the banner ad. Fuck those whores off your site, it's making it un-useable.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ubergine

  • ubergine 24 Mar 2014 13:48:06 2,555 posts
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    So this is what's happening:
    Every time you navigate to a new page, there seems to be a random banner ad in a slot at the top. IF that banner ad comes up Dragon Age or whatever it is, the App Store will open to the game no matter what. The ad can roll twice or more in a row too it seems, so it's just constantly taking over your iPhone.

    I don't want it happening even once, let alone over and over!

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ubergine

  • the_dudefather 24 Mar 2014 14:09:38 9,336 posts
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    'We need a title for our ftp strategy game!'
    *grabs a fistful of words from the word bucket*
    'Game...of war....fire...age'

    (ง ͠ ͟ʖ ͡)

  • Psiloc 24 Mar 2014 14:19:10 1,498 posts
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    I think the fault ultimately lies with Apple that certain ads can do this in the first place.
  • ubergine 24 Mar 2014 15:45:45 2,555 posts
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    @bennyw01 Just updating you on the offending ad, see above.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ubergine

  • bennyw01 Ad Trafficker, Gamer Network 24 Mar 2014 15:52:24 227 posts
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    @ubergine Thanks for the responses here.

    Clearly something had made its way through the exchange here and is causing issues. What territory are you in?

    Cheers
    Ben
  • ubergine 24 Mar 2014 20:36:44 2,555 posts
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    @bennyw01 Australia.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ubergine

  • ubergine 24 Mar 2014 20:40:57 2,555 posts
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    Here's a pic of the offending ad.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v720/aubergine/6C8D7AA5-FC71-4742-926E-9BB6BB042066_zps5kdvedie.png

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ubergine

  • spindizzy 25 Mar 2014 06:43:23 6,542 posts
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    Just to add that I've had this too
    (though not very recently).
  • ubergine 25 Mar 2014 09:53:15 2,555 posts
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    That ad appears to have gone out of rotation again. The other night it seemed to be rolling with two other ads that could come up randomly, so I guess you had a roughly 1/3 chance of getting AdRaped each time you navigate to a new page or refreshed. The ads coming up now are completely different ones from those three and haven't caused a problem this session.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ubergine

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