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I was trying to type in YouTube.com, but I mistyped. I was redirected a few times, and I finally was taken out of safari to the Apple Music app, where it said, “You Already Have An Apple Music Subscription”, which I do. I tried to retype the misclick to see what happened(not very smart of me), but ended up on another site where I was redirected to an HVAC company. Does this mean I’m hacked? I didn’t click anything on the websites.

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Any answer, even “I have no clue”, would be greatly appreciated. I am very concerned :(

 

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Hi @brendanjj,

These types of ads are browser related. This is caused by the way most browsers handle redirections executed by javascript code.  Most browsers don't do a great job of preventing these redirects, which also cause ad pop-ups.  Advertising affiliates are aware of this, and exploit this weakness.  Even if an advertising affiliate is shut down for using this exploit, they just come back with a different affiliate id and are right back at it.

If you encounter these pop-ups again, back out of them using Android's back key. Also, clearing your history and cache will help stop the ads from reoccurring.

Thanks for reaching out,

Nathan

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1 hour ago, mbam_mtbr said:

Hi @brendanjj,

These types of ads are browser related. This is caused by the way most browsers handle redirections executed by javascript code.  Most browsers don't do a great job of preventing these redirects, which also cause ad pop-ups.  Advertising affiliates are aware of this, and exploit this weakness.  Even if an advertising affiliate is shut down for using this exploit, they just come back with a different affiliate id and are right back at it.

If you encounter these pop-ups again, back out of them using Android's back key. Also, clearing your history and cache will help stop the ads from reoccurring.

Thanks for reaching out,

Nathan

Thank you for your answer! I have an iPhone, and it redirected me to the music app on my home screen, which every iPhone has downloaded when you get it. I don’t think there were any ads in this redirection process, but thank you for you answer.

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