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Mobile Redirects Currently Plaguing the Mobile Web

There is an internet wide annoyance currently affecting popular web sites. What used to only be a problem with clickbait junk sites has now hit the mainstream.

It’s not just Canon Rumors, this is an internet wide issue with sites like Yahoo, CNN and the New York Times suffering the same issues. We serve ads through Google and other top networks, and they are working hard to find a fix.

For example, last evening I was browsing Autoblog and I was hit by a redirect while using Chrome/Android. My system administrator has had the redirects pop up on Yahoo! It seems to happen to sites the user visits a lot, I’m on Autoblog 4-5 times a day and this is the only place I’ve had a redirect personally hit me. If I see a redirect, I dump my cache and restart my device.

Just because it only happens on Canon Rumors for you, doesn’t change the fact that this is a randomized issue affecting most popular web sites on the internet. As far as I know, this only affects mobile operating systems. I haven’t heard anything from desktop users.

What can you do about it?

  • Try viewing our site directly and not through Facebook or Twitter links.
  • Others have found clearing their cache and browsing history has eliminated or reduced the occurrences.
  • Try the latest version of Chrome to see if it reduces or eliminates it from happening.
  • You could turn off JavaScript and that should eliminate the issue. I’m not sure what affect that will have on browsing. (thanks docsmith)

Here is a story explaining this annoyance.

Every ad network that I know of is working on how to prevent this new and effective annoyance.

Thanks for your understanding.

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