1. gwa000's Avatar
    Device: Google Nexus 7
    Browser: Chrome (Ver. 36)

    clicked on a link in an email for a newsletter i subscribe to (Video Games Reviews & News - GameSpot) and it took me to the site containing the article. after the page loaded up popped the following warning:

    Popoup from ads.yahoo.com-virus-warning.jpg

    another time (i.e. reloading same web page) displayed a different warning:

    Popoup from ads.yahoo.com-android-errors.jpg

    as far as i can recall i only see these "errors" when going to the Gamespot links.

    in the past i have always clicked on Cancel. today for grins i clicked on OK to see if it would ask me to download some sort of product. instead it took me to the following web site which was an empty page:


    Note: i have prefixed the URL with 5 z's to prevent anyone from going there accidentally.

    immediately ran a virus scan (Avast) which came up clean.

    1. any idea what clicking on OK did since the web site was empty and the virus scan was clean? i was sort of expecting that it would try to ask to install an anti-virus or cleanup program.

    2. is there any way to block access to ads.yahoo.com in a Chrome setting?

    07-31-2014 12:39 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Malware shouldn't be a problem, because it didn't ask you to install anything. As far as I know, there is no "drive-by" malware on Android yet. It may be that on a desktop browser, that page has more nasty stuff that can infect a PC or Mac.

    Do you have pop-ups set to be blocked in Chrome? Tap the Menu button, then Settings, then Content Settings, and make sure Block Pop-ups is checked.
    07-31-2014 01:14 PM
  3. gwa000's Avatar
    Do you have pop-ups set to be blocked in Chrome? Tap the Menu button, then Settings, then Content Settings, and make sure Block Pop-ups is checked.
    yes i do, which is one reason why i was surprised that i would see a popup. although i do get popups from other sites so i'm not sure how effective this setting really is.
    07-31-2014 02:46 PM
  4. N4Newbie's Avatar
    If you do nothing else today, contact the webmaster at Gamespot and complain about their use of intrusive and misleading popup ads.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    07-31-2014 03:42 PM

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