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Pluto is a Planet    178

I got redirected another two times this morning... First when scrolling down Neowin’s homepage, then trying to tap the latest post link for this thread in the thread list.

 

This was happening to me on another news site and they fixed it, I’m seriously considering getting remote debugging set up to catch these ads red-handed.

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Steven P.    10,372
20 hours ago, Pluto is a Planet said:

I got redirected another two times this morning... First when scrolling down Neowin’s homepage, then trying to tap the latest post link for this thread in the thread list.

 

This was happening to me on another news site and they fixed it, I’m seriously considering getting remote debugging set up to catch these ads red-handed.

I reported it and blocked the advertiser url serving-sys.top yesterday because I think it is coming off AdSense (which I can block ads on) if you have more details for me to filter at AdSense, it would be appreciated, but if it is coming from our main advertiser (NetShelter) they will have to do their own investigating, based off the screenshot, which is all I have to go on.

 

Maybe contact the site who fixed it and asked which advertiser they blocked? It would help me :) 

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Steven P.    10,372

Heh did some browsing via "US West" VPN on emulated iPhone 6 Plus (Chrome dev tools) on Neowin main + forums and haven't been redirected once yet.. this is also what annoys me so much about mobile ads, it seems Google doesn't care about thew quality and this redirect crap going on.

 

Anyway I did a search for the domain in the screenshot and there are a lot of reports for other sites getting redirects through the ads too, here's one example http://www.shaggytexas.com/board/showthread.php/169538-Apps-Ads-hijacking-mobile-shaggy/page10 I joined and asked the mod which network it is, hopefully I get a reply.

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+JHBrown    11,962
59 minutes ago, Steven P. said:

 joined and asked the mod which network it is, hopefully I get a reply.

Interesting title under your username. :rofl:

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shockz    3,828
On 12/15/2017 at 9:11 AM, Pluto is a Planet said:

Just got redirected as soon as I browsed to neowin.net, see below:

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I can barely use mobile because of this. I can’t even reply to this post without getting redirected.

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Steven P.    10,372
2 hours ago, shockz said:

I can barely use mobile because of this. I can’t even reply to this post without getting redirected.

Well the domain was blocked by our primary advertiser following my report from Saturday. I will ask them to stop AdSense through mobile (since they control the passback to AdSense).

 

I checked the link where another site said they identified the network and had blocked them, and it appears they too have not been successful, let me copy what the staff member said

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It's javascript written into ads. It sets the original ad and then the script sends you to a site that has nothing to do with the ad. The recent one I found was attached to an Arlo Safe Security ad. The one before was attached to some ad for a Japanese cat drink bottle called Harajuku Fever. So the javascript is put into ads that are only seen on mobile devices. We rarely now get desktop redirects because they're easier to kill as I can find out exactly which code is doing the redirecting. That's hard to do on an iOS device. I'd like to set up a test link for the networks so if you guys are getting redirects, you can click on the links and tell us which one redirects. The problem is I've had minimal success getting these ads to redirect me when I go through the server that we set them up on. So it's possible it's some script that only shows itself when placed on a full website, if that makes sense.

I bolded the important parts.

 

Now this problem is a couple of years old and there are plenty of topics at AdSense/Google Ad support forums about this and Google does nothing, they are simply the worst advertiser, their automated violation reports are all done by bots and you can't contest anything, even when they are wrong and we as a site are not in violation, and yet they allow this crap to happen.

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Steven P.    10,372

An update chaps.. after some back and forth with my primary advertiser they say that the problem stems from ads that have a very low bid on them, we raised our minimum that we accept (for fill quota) which should bypass a lot of the garbage ads that have redirects embedded in them.

 

So, the lowest paying ads redirect my users away. Where is the logic here? :| Google's process for identifying and blocking them is also like jumping through hoops, according to my advertiser and I believe them having dealt with Google for different services over the years.

 

Once again though the URL for this one was blocked at Neowin's adsense (now disabled, because we can't set a floor, or minimum there) and also blocked at the primary advertiser you will need to clear cache though if you are still getting the redirect.

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shockz    3,828

It's amazing that such a "reputable" company like Google allows these types of redirects to even occur in their ad bank. 

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T3X4S    4,530

FFS - every page ?

Cant click on items behind it ?

 

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Steven P.    10,372
7 hours ago, T3X4S said:

FFS - every page ?

Cant click on items behind it ?

 

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I have reported this to my advertiser!

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Steven P.    10,372

I have already got a reply that they are looking into it :)

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Brandon H    1,889

and this is why I happily subscribe to Neowin :)

(though i will admit i use ad block everywhere else)

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Steven P.    10,372

It is fixed, and thanks Brandon!

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LimeMaster    15,594
1 hour ago, Brandon H said:

(though i will admit i use ad block everywhere else)

Tsk tsk!

 

In all seriousness, some sites are unbearable without it. Browse Imgur without it and you'll see what I mean.

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Brandon H    1,889
2 minutes ago, LimeMaster said:

Tsk tsk!

 

In all seriousness, some sites are unbearable without it. Browse Imgur without it and you'll see what I mean.

oh god yeah, i browse Imgur for 15 min and the uBlock Origin icon lists >1K ads blocked

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Steven P.    10,372
Just now, Brandon H said:

oh god yeah, i browse Imgur for 30 min and the uBlock Origin icon lists >1K ads blocked

:omg: :punch: :pacifier:

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LimeMaster    15,594
Just now, Brandon H said:

oh god yeah, i browse Imgur for 30 min and the uBlock Origin icon lists >1K ads blocked

There even surprise audio ads in the mix. At least with Neowin, the ads seem to be controlled.

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T3X4S    4,530
15 hours ago, Steven P. said:

I have already got a reply that they are looking into it :)

No !!!!!!!!!!

I want my employer on every page !  

I didnt want it removed !!

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