OK. Let’s just be honest about it…there are a ton of bad folks out there trying to mess with our site, and every other site in the world. It’s in the headlines. It’s all over the web…and yes…you may be getting some of the same annoying Pop-Ups while others who go to the same sites do not.
You may be screaming…”WHY ME?????”
Well…as it turns out, it could be partly “user error.” If you are using any device in the iWorld (pads, phones, books, laptops) you are likely really OK when it comes to Malware. Apple actually does a pretty good job. HOWEVER…it doesn’t protect you from pop-ups on web sites. If you don’t have pop-up blockers installed in your browsers…you might consider it.
But there are actually a couple of common sense things you can do, to get rid of those nasty popups and “YOU MIGHT HAVE WON AN AMAZON GIFT CARD” notices.
It’s actually pretty easy.
Again…if you are using other devices, there are popup blockers available. It is YOUR machine that you are protecting…so it’s worth it. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR ANY SERVICE THAT APPEARS WITH THE POP-UP. They are phishing for info. Close out the browser. Close down your machine…and then search for a good program. (I use Avast!)
If you are using an iWorld device…. Here are some tips…
This is from a much larger article…
But My iPad Told Me It Has a Virus!
The distinction between viruses and malware is important because a virus simply cannot replicate itself onto an iPad because it cannot access files to do so. But other forms of malware simply trick you, the user, into infecting the computer or giving up personal information.
One of the most common scams for the iPad is the iOS Crash Report and variations of it. Phishing is an attempt to trick users into giving up information. In this phishing scam, a website displays a pop-up page that informs the user that iOS has crashed or the iPad has a virus and informs them to call a number. But the people on the other end aren’t Apple employees and their main goal is to trick you out of either money or information that can be used to hack into your accounts.
When you receive a message like this, the best course of action is to quit out of the Safari browser and reboot the iPad. If you get this message often, you may want to clear out the cookies and web data stored on your device:
Scroll down the left-side menu.
In the Safari settings, scroll down and tap Clear History and Website Data. You will need to confirm this choice. Unfortunately, you will need to enter any saved passwords again, but this is a small price to pay to keep your Safari browser clean and secure.
Congratulations Amazon User…
If you are constantly bombarded by pop-up advertisements in the iPad’s web browser that lock you into the page congratulating you for winning something, you’ve come across another common form of malware. The most common of these impersonates Amazon and hopes to lure you in with the promise of a free gift. Similar to the Crash Report scam, these pop-up adware scams are hoping to trick you into giving up personal information.
You can fight back by following the steps above to clear your web history and data. This malware exists in your web cache, which is data the Safari browser saves to help speed up a website by storing portions of it.
And HERE IS ANOTHER ARTICLE with even more information…
HOPE THAT HELPS!!
PLEASE NOTE-– we do not have malware/embeds/popups on our site by design. But WordPress feeds ads that often DO have issues. So…DON’T OPEN THEM.
Follow the steps above and you will get rid of 95% of your problems (the other 5% are political).
Note from Alissa: We have another post all about this and how you can report these issues directly to WordPress. You can find that post here.