r/techsupport Aug 15 '22

Why am I seeing appropriate ads? Open | Networking

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u/RoqueNE Aug 15 '22

The question is more, why do you see ads at all? Do you don't have a adblocker installed? (e.g. ublock origin).

But apart from that, ads should not pop up anyway on normal websites. And certainly no inappropriate ones. Possible that you got adware on your system. Run adwcleaner to check.

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u/musicandreams Aug 15 '22

Thank you. And how do you download an adblocker. My phone only has the option to turn off pop up ads which I can’t use because it considers my school’s website a pop up ad for some reason. Also what’s adware? Isn’t normal for ads to pop up on every website? That’s how they pay to keep the website running.

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u/RoqueNE Aug 15 '22

Ah my bad, i overread that this is about a phone and not a PC.

Isn’t normal for ads to pop up on every website?

It very isn't. Normal non-intrusive ads that are embedded somewhere on the website may be, but things that pop up are very much not. Especially not inappropriate ones.

Adware is a malicious program on your device that spams you with ads. Which then has nothing to do with the websites you visit anyway.

Malwarebytes has a scanner for Android as well: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.malwarebytes.antimalware

And afaik you can't install adblockers in Chrome on Android. You would need to use Firefox Browser instead.

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u/DeviousBeevious Aug 15 '22

I think you're confusing OP's usage of "pop up" to mean "appear" with the technical definition of a "pop-up" which is a separate window to the main one.

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u/musicandreams Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

Yeah. I mean appear. I apologize. I can edit my original post. They’re not all pop-up ads. A lot of them are just regular ads at the bottom or side of a page. I’m honestly just really curious as to why it said it was based on my history. Like what could I have searched that made it think that inappropriate ads were a good idea.

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u/Arnas_Z Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

You can block ads on Android by setting your private DNS to dns.adguard.com. it will filter out ad domains.

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u/musicandreams Aug 15 '22

Thanks. Is there one for iPhone?

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u/Arnas_Z Aug 15 '22

There is the AdGuard app, but I believe its paid on iPhone. It does block ads in Safari though, and in apps too I believe. You can block YouTube ads with uYouPlus.

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u/DeviousBeevious Aug 15 '22

You should be able to view your search history in your google account (search "view google search history" for instructions.) if that doesn't help, you should report such ads to google as inappropriate which SHOULD help decrease them (google only knows what an ad is initially if its tagged correctly by the person who publishes it. google does review their ads but I suspect much of the review process is automated and the rest is underpaid, overworked people from third-world countries doing their best in a bad situation.

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u/musicandreams Aug 15 '22

Thanks. I did look through my history. It was just school supplies, apartments, clothing, and book and TV show related stuff.