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Does WoWHead use this advertising provider? Every 10 (Literally) seconds on any WoWHead page the past week I get a Pop-up Message Box nagging me to go to some "suspicious" site to install a Android APK under the pretense that somehow, this magic advert has detected viruses on my mobile.
It only happens on WoWHead, not any other site. It's making it impossible for me to browse WoWHead on my mobile, i've had to start using WoWDB instead!
Popup Message Box says "The page at ads.yahoo.com says: Virus Affecting your Android? Turn on Virus Scanner Now!"
Cancelling it is of no use, it pops back up almost immediately.
I've already filled in a Report Feedback for it, I'm making this thread to find out if others are having similar issues and to hopefully hear from WoWHead that something is being done about this.
TLDR version: Use the feedback link on the top right of any page of the site and select "Bad Advertisement".
Won't stop your problem immediately, but lets the Wowhead guys recognize such bad ads and prevent them in the future.
I've already reported it, I was hoping that WoWHead might comment on here, as its been a constant issue for months. (Other threads exist on this forum, I did not mean to annoy WoWhead by Resurrecting one of the threads, I did so only to ensure the person at the time knows this issue has existed for months without resolution)
WoWHead is literally unusable while these specific ads are being displayed on pages. You can not go more than 10 seconds without either being redirected (On iOS default browser) or spammed with a constant popup box (Chrome)
Here is a image of me "Attempting" to fill out the Feedback Report while getting spammed by this advert.
Fighting the Pop-Up Message Box while Filling in Feedback Report
The Offending Advert in the WoWHead Page that is triggering the Redirect/Pop-up Message Box
Please WoWHead, get rid of this advertising partner, this is how sites lose their reputation and visitors!
P.S. I'm sick of WoWDB already! I need WoWHead back on my mobile (While in-game I use my mobile like I assume many others do)
I just attempted to browse WoWHead once again on my mobile. The Advert is still very much alive, this time I decided to see exactly what it was, hitting Ok on the Pop-up Message Box takes you to another site that then throws "Scan-For-Viruses-Now.apk" at you, under the pretense that you have a virus and this software will fix it.
The program has some worrying permissions on the Android system as you'd expect from Malware
android.permission.READ_LOGS (read sensitive log data)
android.permission.INTERNET (full Internet access)
android.permission.WRITE_SMS (edit SMS or MMS)
android.permission.READ_CALL_LOG (read the user's call log.)
android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED (automatically start at boot)
If anyone so desires, the full anaylsis is at
(And yes, it's Indentified as Malware by VirusTotal)
It's Wowhead my friend, just one capitol. But continue to report the bad ad, that is the best way to assist Wowhead with issues like these.
Malware ads suck--really sorry you experienced one :( They're a big deal for us--I've emailed my boss about this thread and any malware advertisements previously reported to have similarly been sent as high priority to a staff member that interacts with the advertising providers.
We switched advertising providers a few months ago, and weren't happy at all with the increased bad advertisement reports we suddenly got. We've been working closely with the new providers on how they can reduce the number of unacceptable ads we get, since we dislike them as much as you do. We've been getting less reports sent to feedback since these initial meetings so progress seems to be happening, but even a single user reporting a Malware ad isn't acceptable and we'll do what we can to have it removed.
Thank you Perculia, I'm happy to say that I've not experienced any malicious adverts today when browsing WoWHead.
I'm very happy that I can again use WoWHead on my phone to look things up while in-game!
OT if allowed?: What's the story behind
Perculia's Peculiar Signet
Seem's I spoke too soon, the redirect malware advert is occuring again for me when browsing WoWHead.
The bad advertisements should mostly be gone from desktop browsers now, and the ad meeting this week was to focus on the remaining bad ads on tablets. It looks like things have improved which is great, but we'll still keep an eye on it.
Thanks for asking about the ring! I wrote a long blog on my thoughts on it here:
. It was a pleasant surprise during MoP's beta, just something nice the items team did :)
Nothing like Necro-ing an old post. For being such a great site, with tons of information I try to go to others because of the pop ups and video-with noise advertisements that continually pop up on wowhead. I do not get this type of advertising from any other site I visit. It is incredibly intrusive and I can only imagine that if it happens to me it happens to others.
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