Feedback needed – iPad redirects to Apple App Store issue

Hi All,

I use a PC 99% of the time and only recently purchased an iPad Mini for work so frankly I am not in touch with the Apple user experience, please bear with me.

An issue has been brought to my attention concerning a re-direct to the Apple App Store that occurs when you click a post to comment etc.

Near as I can tell this is  due to a flaw in Safari that Apple is aware of but have neglected to fix. Basically  unscrupulous advertisers use a Java script exploit to create the redirect. It is evidently very difficult for the Ad Agencies that serve up the banner ads etc to catch this activity.

Please let me know if you are an iPad user and if you have found a solution.

For Mac users, the easiest option is to use Firefox as opposed to Safari.

Thank you all for your patience and assistance.


Possible solution – From Minicapt

1. “Settings” > “General” > “Handoff & Suggested Apps” > turn off ‘My Apps’ and ‘App Store’.
2. Download “Ad Block” from the iTunes Store, free; full featured version is $4.


  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The Solution for me seems to be switching browsers to Opera Mini for iPad.
    With Java on, everything works and I don’t get the redirect like I did on Safari.

    • Interesting. Thanks.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Yeah, Opera Mini is my new main browser for the iPad.
        I even removed Safari from the taskbar so I stopped clicking on it by habit.

        • Frau Katze

          I have reasons for using Safari. I rely on it to email stories to myself.

          • Why can’t you use another browser to email stories to yourself?

          • Frau Katze

            Safari has a built in function called reader. It blocks the ads and allows you to email the entire story. Chrome has nothing like it, likely because it blocks the ads. You don’t use copy and paste–it is very fast and convenient.

        • What version of Opera is that? I have an older version of Opera and it’s a pig.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            The version that you get at the Apple App Store for free.

          • OK, smartarse, the version number.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            It’s Opera Mini, I don’t know the version.

          • There should be an “About” option in the menu.

          • Frau Katze

            It’s an iPad thing he’s talking about anyway.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Yeah, I’m talking iPad only here.

          • I know. But if we can find out the version, I’d then suggest you try the same one.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            You have no version choice at the Apple iPad App store.

          • OK, then the choice should be simple for the Frau.

  • Clink9

    I tried Chrome but that didn’t work. I have to use my laptop just for this site now.

    • You’re using Apple gear?

      • David

        I had trouble with Safari recently but its redeemed itself in the last 48 hours.

      • Clink9

        Yes, an ipad ( not sure what model, 14 months old? ). Just downloaded Opera Mini a few minutes ago and the same thing happened.

        My Windows 7 PC got a huge dump of malware on it today also for the the first time. Trying to clean it up with Avast as Microsoft Security Essentials did nothing.

        • Ok that is very strange. I use Chrome and Windows 7 primarily and have not had that many issues.

          Please keep me posted.

          • I have one issue with Chrome and W7 which I’ll put up in a new comment.

  • Noel

    Odd that you should mention this, I have been getting a Java update, on a Windows 7 PC, running Firefox about every second visit to BCF. No other sites are showing this behavior. It is a bogus Java update, the language is not proper English, and if you click on it, virus software begins screaming.

    • OK I think I solved that issue, there was a setting in one of the Ad company’s settings I use that turned off a specific type of ad. Hopefully they will be no more.

      Clearing your cookies and turning on the pop up blocker should prevent it. But as noted they should be gone now.

      • Exile1981

        I use pale moon with the no scripts app otherwise like 50% of the adds on the sides of most sites have links to malware that try and install if you even move the cursor over them.

        Installing that app to the kids computers saved me a ton of head aches in cleaning up malware each week.

      • David

        Fear not big fella, your a ballsy guy doing important work.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    On a PC with Internet Explorer 11 this site is fine.
    It was just with the iPad and Safari I was having problems.

    • Good to know. I am a bit shocked that apple has allowed this to go on so long.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Contrary to their reputation, Apple seems to be slower to address browser issues than Microsoft.
        If there is a worse browser than Safari (these days), I don’t know what it would be.

        • IE. Not even moderate arselifters threatening to behead me would ever induce me to use IE.

  • Ron MacDonald

    I use Windows 7 on two laptops, and each was getting a redirect to a bogus flash update that automatically downloaded software. It took me a couple of hours to clean up the mess. The site that provided the fix stated that hackers use to redirects to earn money. The software I used to clean up the mess was Spybot S&D, Malwarebytes, ADWCleaner and Hitman Pro. They are all free, and cleaned all trace of the malware from windows and my registry. I had thirty copies of the bogus software in my download file.

    • Hmm interesting. Thanks for that.

      • b_marco

        Still active as of right now – W7 + Chrome. Original displayed url was something like “” .

        • OK thanks I am looking into this.

          • b_marco

            From 5 minutes ago:

    • Clink9

      I got hit with the same fake update on a laptop and desktop Windows 7. I spent hours and the comp geek at work spent hours to fix it.

      • b_marco

        It’s pretty bad and still happening.

  • Frau Katze

    The pop ups are gone. But it is slow to load and if I accidentally hit one of those double under lined words, I get redirected. One took me to Twitter.

    I have no problems with the Mac.

    I should add that Gary R says he cannot visit the site per se, only jump to a specific story from the Mullahs newsfeed. Blueburb says it is no good at all with her Kindle. I suspect you are only getting readers with new and fast computers (like my Mac).

  • Weasel Zippers had an issue with mobile users (mostly Apple) and their ads. It was malware. I don’t know how they fixed it but people no longer complain. You could do a search there to find the history. They had post up about it a few weeks back.

    However, I have an issue with the home page. Seems there’s something on it that bloats up memory badly on Chrome with W7. See the attached snapshot which is from the Chrome task manager. On coming to the home page, it takes up a little over 500MB. Sitting on this post page, it’s currently at 411MB and climbing. I’m not sure what’s causing it (haven’t tried analysing it) but I’m seeing it a lot lately on various site with the last few versions of Chrome.

    Most of the time, a web page will consume less than 100MB (which seems huge). I’ve noticed that some pages which consume more will cause problems. I get it consistently with pages at the SMH, for example.

    • Cripes that is odd.

      • You’re not seeing that on W7 with Chrome?

        • Nope not anywhere near that.

          • It could be other differences. I did notice that about 3 months ago, MS installed a patch that broke Intel’s RST driver on my laptop. All the I/O got slower after that. But that doesn’t account for the memory usage issue.

          • I have no idea why your browser would hit that peak.

          • At first, I thought it was a JavaScript closure issue of some sort. Lately, however, I’m uncertain. However, as I said earlier, I haven’t really bothered profiling it to see what it might actually be.

  • luna

    I have a similar issue using chrome in android. I’ll try using Firefox, thanks for the tip.

  • Minicapt

    1. “Settings” > “General” > “Handoff & Suggested Apps” > turn off ‘My Apps’ and ‘App Store’.
    2. Download “Ad Block” from the iTunes Store, free; full featured version is $4.