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Before It's News Mobile Users Experiencing Redirect Ads, Only You Can Fix It, Here's How

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Many readers have contacted Before Its News in regards to the constant redirects they experience while browsing the site.

 

This redirect is the result of the App store’s questionable tactics of redirecting you to where they want you to go, rather than enjoying the content of the site.

 

 So these redirects aren’t coming from BIN, but rather the App Store.

 

That redirect ad to the app store is usually a app you need to disable from your mobile device. That ad is programmed into your phone when you buy it.

 

Turning off automatic app updates can be a bit tricky to find in the settings, but follow these quick steps and you’ll be done in no time.

 

  • Open up the Settings app.

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  • Tap on iTunes & App Store.

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  • Under the section titled Automatic Downloads, you’ll see an item called Updates.

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  • Tap on the toggle switch to turn it off so that it goes from green to gray. If it’s already gray, then the setting is already changed and there’s nothing you need to do further.

“If you have removed all the pop-up apps from your phone and you still have a ad that pops up, please open the ad and copy the url, or take a screen shot and send it to Michael Roach At [email protected] The type of device your using and browse would also be helpful.”

For many weeks now, mobile users on both iOS and Android have been encountering a problem where visits to certain websites and apps have automatically redirected them to the platform’s app store to download various games.

 

The issue involves errant ad networks, which should be blocking these shady ads, but aren’t.

 

Meanwhile, mobile consumers simply trying to use an app or read an article are treated to a poor user experience.

 

Online advertising hits a new low with ads that automatically launch the App Store or Google Play.

 

You may have noticed websites that automatically launch the App Store (usualy to Clash of Clans or Candy Crush).

 

Pretty annoying since it breaks what you were doing and you have no control!

 

Don’t necessarily blame the website. It is the ad network the site is using to pay for everything that is causing the problem.

 

Seems like a new trend is to use javascript in the ad to send you itunes URL redirects to lame apps.

 

I have no doubt that eventually a blocking solution will appear but until it does… you need to block “hastrk2.com” on your router.

 

This breaks the URL chain for the ad without effecting anything else.

 

These auto re-directing ads have been affecting both Android and iOS platforms, on both apps and websites, and come in through various third-party networks.

 

The ads move around, too, making them even more difficult to track down and block.

 

It’s unknown at this time which networks have been involved to date, but the “auto-clicking” ads could have a source that gets changed after the ad is first approved, which would make them hard to spot, it has been suggested.

 

 

Now to correct this, there’s an easy method so you can be redirect free, while browsing your favorite websites:

 

Disabling Automatic App Updates

 

Turning off automatic app updates can be a bit tricky to find in the settings, but follow these quick steps and you’ll be done in no time.

 

  • Open up the Settings app.

  •  
  • Tap on iTunes & App Store.

  •  
  • Under the section titled Automatic Downloads, you’ll see an item called Updates.

  •  
  • Tap on the toggle switch to turn it off so that it goes from green to gray. If it’s already gray, then the setting is already changed and there’s nothing you need to do further.

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Another tip is to:

 

Block Bad Ad Networks from Your Network

 

Rather than killing all javascript, we just want to block the ones enabling the bad ads.

 

To do this we need to examine the content sources of the serving website.

 

We are looking for code coming from sources that aren’t the content server.

 

This can be difficult to trace, but luckily Jérôme Segura frommalwarebytes.org has already done this for us.

 

They identify the domain hastrk2.com as the originator of the redirect ad.

 

The domain belongs to Adapp Solutions and is hosted by Amazon Web Services (IP: 107.23.171.42).

 

Adapp Solutions has been flagged by several people for spam leading to App Store. They also use the domain mobileapptracking.com.

 

Prevention

 

Blocking the bad ads will definately make your life better, but nothing prevents Adapp from using other domains to get around your blocks.

 

You don’t want to constantly have to add domains to your black list. People have suggested that when you see a redirect to the App Store from an ad, you should get the free app, rate it one star and write that the devs support questionable ad practices.

 

This makes sense; no ad company works for free.

 

The devs must be paying them something, so they should feel some pain for the practice.

 

The downside to that strategy is that it looks like a sucessful ad campaign if their downloads go up.

 

Definately don’t pay money! You may think buying the app will stop offers for that app, but they don’t.

 

At best you encourge the practice and they will just switch the lame app they offer you.

 

Block the ads instead!

 

Please contact us at  [email protected] with any comments or suggestions.

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

References:

 

http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/06/shady-app-install-ads-are-automatically-redirecting-mobile-users-to-app-store-google-play/

 

http://www.forthisproductions.com/tutorial/2014/6/4/block-webmobile-ads-that-redirect-automatically-to-the-app-store

 

 

 

 

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    • westgate

      My experience has been for years now, the BIN app for android has been unstable across various devices. This is frustrating, having the app completely crash every time. It always launches successfully, and ads don’t seem to be whats making it crash. After experimenting with several options, I simply uninstalled the app. Even using a PC or laptop, the ads are indeed overwhelming, however using an open source ad blocker (Ghostery) for a few years now, I have eliminated ALL ads using my PC or laptop. It’s a free download at Snapfiles.com, however it seems at this point that Ghostery isn’t available for android as far as I can tell. Believe me, implementing Ghostery has made browsing BIN fun again.

    • tbg1972

      Thank god i wasn’t the only one experiencing this problem. For months BIN has been the only site that has had this problem of redirecting while reading a story. By the time you close out the app store stuff you end up being sent back to the main BIN page. Reallly has been frustrating to try to watch a video on this site using my mobile phone. Also BIN needs to not allow Scientology ads on there site. Really?!?!? Get it together, nothing wrong with making some money but you got to have some ethics in doing so.

    • Gus Fung

      Good morning N. Morgan,

      I would imagine that many of the viewers using workstations would like to see an article that tells us how to turn off
      the adverts pumped by BIN in general.

      Are you planning on making one for that? Would be nice to use the site without all the unwanted adverts

    • G

      I notice my browser on my PC has been redirecting to a place called secure open software . com where I must update my flash player. I don’t click it to do that cause the adobe website is the only way I will update their software.

      Usually I clean my browser after every surfing the net. When I go back on and click a news link here on bin I get a redirect to update the browser flash player.

      Just started last week sometime.

    • Pink Slime

      Hello Angle#3(prelim),

      Charlie here. I never have this problem. Charlie out. Remember Angle#3(prelim), please use recommended office equipment. We update the list periodically for all our Angles.

      Signed,

      Charlie (BIN there, done App)

    • G

      The first redirect when clicking a news link opens a secure open software . com page to update google flash which I close but it freezes the page for a time

      now it has begun to open another page to kudango , com

      what gives here bin

    • vixxxon

      It’s a bin scam. Bin is behind it for $. And bin loves to spam up my email also. Im getting rid of this useless bin ap in 2 weeks!

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