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BraLoD said:
Ganoncrotch said:

Is it only on vgchartz that you are getting this? You've not downloaded any mp3 downloaders or other dodgy software on the phone recently? Just that it could be non site related adware on the phone.

It's VGChartz exclusive.

Maybe it was moneyhatted.

Edit: I take very good care of this phone, zero chance it's something else than the site.

VGchartz has the same advertisers as always as far as I know, they hire the space for an advertising company to provide the adverts in each region so it's not like anyone here even ioi signs off on what adverts appear, he basically owns the billboard and leases that to a company who then decides what adverts go into it.

But if there is any option you see around the popup you're getting which says to report the advert then that'll give feedback to the company who are making use of the space and they should hopefully use it less often in your region. In the meantime you could consider a pop up blocker to allow you use this site while the redirect advert is in place, even one not to block ads from here but just not allow browser redirection might let you at least use the site on mobile without disabling your data connection to prevent this. Just as a temp solution until the advertising agency gets enough reports about the adspace being used poorly.



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This is what I'm getting.  Got it in this thread today. http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=230943&page=1

Last edited by Miguel_Zorro - on 26 June 2018

A few months ago I used to get redirected to suspicious sites from VGChartz quite often, while on desktop. Even without me clicking on any links, it could take me to a Russian dating site or something worse in the middle of me writing a post. Some gave me a virus warning.
After tampering a bit with No Script settings on Firefox, I managed to make it stop. Not sure what would happen if I turned it off for a prolonged time. I briefly tried doing that after experiencing a different issue with Firefox. But that one has been reported and is being looked into by the staff, I'm told. (Currently I'm on Chrome in the meantime.)

On mobile using Safari I have not experienced any of these issues yet.

Last edited by Hiku - on 27 June 2018

Ganoncrotch said:
BraLoD said:

It's VGChartz exclusive.

Maybe it was moneyhatted.

Edit: I take very good care of this phone, zero chance it's something else than the site.

VGchartz has the same advertisers as always as far as I know, they hire the space for an advertising company to provide the adverts in each region so it's not like anyone here even ioi signs off on what adverts appear, he basically owns the billboard and leases that to a company who then decides what adverts go into it.

But if there is any option you see around the popup you're getting which says to report the advert then that'll give feedback to the company who are making use of the space and they should hopefully use it less often in your region. In the meantime you could consider a pop up blocker to allow you use this site while the redirect advert is in place, even one not to block ads from here but just not allow browser redirection might let you at least use the site on mobile without disabling your data connection to prevent this. Just as a temp solution until the advertising agency gets enough reports about the adspace being used poorly.

I'm not clicking on any ads or getting problems with ads pop ups, I'm suddenly directed to a site I can't get back from (only way out is closing the tab or Chrome itself) and there are no ads there, just a button bunch of lies and a button to be clicked so I can get me phone some nice virus.



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I have the exact same thing ("Your phone is infected by 4 viruses!"), almost everytime I go on Vgchartz. I have to close it and open again. It's only here, and it happened for a couple of weeks now. It happened a few months ago too, and stopped after a while.



Faelco said:
I have the exact same thing ("Your phone is infected by 4 viruses!"), almost everytime I go on Vgchartz. I have to close it and open again. It's only here, and it happened for a couple of weeks now. It happened a few months ago too, and stopped after a while.

the thing is, because these sort of redirection adverts make a site basically unreachable in the area's they're being pushed then the advertising group will be getting a lot of feedback from this and other sites users on the issue and the advertiser should then stop selling the adspace which is responsible for the redirection fairly fast (hopefully) like I said if the adverts here are causing browser issues you will likely find them on a bunch of other gaming sites which use the same advert company, as per a quote of ioi recently

"As for ad choices and the GDPR popup - we have no direct control over those. We use the same ad company as a number of other gaming sites (videogamer.com, mobafire.com etc) so they will all have exactly the same "issues" until they have fixed things on their side. You can normally click to hide an ad or provide feedback if it is offensive so somebody can look into it and deal with it accordingly."

So just need to wait for them to sort it out, it's not a VGC issue.



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I'm no computer specialist but being re-directed to another page is not necessarily the fault of the site you are trying to visit. If you have caught a malware that will redirect you to some virus loaded page, that malware could redirect you from a number of websites it is programmed to or even all sites if it's written in the malware code.

Of course a malevolent website could do that too or the advertisement appearing on such a site could do it. But logic suggests if it's the website itself then everybody visiting it should be affected too and not just a few people.

I suggest you run an anti-virus on your phone (I assume those exist for phones too) and good luck to you.



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