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Candy Crush Crushing Your Android

Cat|1107d ago |Blog Post|14|

We've been getting some complaints that while users are browsing on their mobiles the play store opens and prompts them for a download of Candy Crush Saga.

We took this problem to our advertising partner because we thought it likely there was a problem with one of the ads being run on N4G.

The conclusion is that this is not a problem caused by N4G, NewsBoiler or the ads currently running on the network. There is malicious code that Android users are running into that infects Android devices and makes it seem like the problem is from websites they are surfing.

Unfortunately, that means that this is not something we can help directly with - indirectly, you're armed with the info so hopefully you can get your infected device sorted! :) Some users have reported success with turning off javascript and/or clearing their cache and cookies.

UPDATE - Here are some links that might help:
Remove adtrack.king.com Hijacker: http://malwarefixes.com/rem...

Watch Out for Mobile Adware Posing as Candy Crush Saga Apps: http://www.hyphenet.com/blo...

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LostDjinn1107d ago

Thanks for the heads-up.

HammadTheBeast1106d ago

Just for feedback, I'm getting this every time I click or tap something on this website.

No other website has the problem, so I'm assuming it's targeted towards N4G cookies?

Cat1106d ago

No, it is happening to Android users that never visit N4G. With each affected person, however, it does seem to single out one or two sites they visit regularly.

HammadTheBeast1106d ago

O, I'm only on N4G with my tablet 90% of the time. Thanks for clearing it up though.

Cat1106d ago

No problem, it's a useful point of clarification :)

ABizzel11106d ago

I'm glad this was brought, up because I've been having the same problem, and yes every time you click on anything on n4g a "Candy Crush download app" page appears.

SniperControl1105d ago (Edited 1105d ago )

Dude, try this.
I managed to find a way that it would not launch Playstore, just "clear defaults" on Playstore in settings, all you should get now is a prompt to launch Playstore, just clear that prompt to carry on surfing N4G.

I know its not a proper fix, but it saves you from being booted from your internet browser everytime.

darthv721106d ago

i find it happens more common with using firefox for android. when i use chrome it doesnt happen.

initially i switched from chrome to firefox on my GS2 because chrome had issues with web pages in general. Firefox worked until i started getting the play store pop up.

now i have gone back to chrome on my GS2 and it works fine.

zerocrossing1106d ago

That's funny, I've seen the download prompt elsewhere but never on N4G.

Anyway thanks for the heads up.

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