A few of our readers were reporting invasive “popup ads” on our website that took over their screen and congratulated them for winning something, such as a new mobile phone or gift card.
We do not have “popup ads” on our website and are against running them. Any advertisement that redirects you to another website congratulating you on winning a prize is a scam.
While we have no popup ads on our website, we do show one large popup ad once per day in our Sebastian Daily mobile app, but it does not redirect people to another website congratulating them on winning a prize. Also, the user can CLOSE any of our ads and resume.
If you are visiting our website or others and seeing a redirect to another website showing you a large popup message and congratulating you on winning things like a new mobile phone, there is a fix. Sometimes these ads might appear as Xfinity, Brighthouse, or even Apple.
A mobile device receiving these ads could be an iPhone, Samsung smartphone, Tablet, or even an iPad.
- Make sure your web browser is up-to-date with the latest version.
- Turn on Airplane Mode on your device
- Turn OFF Wi-Fi to completely disconnect from the Internet.
- Clear your browser history and cookies.
- Restart your device
- Turn on Wi-Fi
- Turn OFF Airplane Mode
You shouldn’t see any more of those popup ads claiming you won a prize. However, if you do, and you followed the instructions above, you’ll need to contact technical support for your mobile device.
If you’re using Chrome browser for your smartphone, the problem started on or after Aug 2nd when they released an update. We’re not sure if that update broke something, but the malware keeps showing up again (only on Chrome for mobile phones).
If using Chrome on iPhone or iPad, just switch to Safari since it’s been updated and working.
When visiting our Sebastian Daily website or app, nothing should take over your screen and redirect you to another website.