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Malware on College Confidential (with Android)

calmomcalmom Registered User Posts: 20,106 Senior Member
If I visit College Confidential, when I leave the site, I get a pop up with sound and this message:
d199t5gtpfdmhx.cloudfront.net says:


You have been randomly selected tospin and get (1) unclaimed reward. Click OK to start.


I do not click the "OK".

I've run a full Kapersky security scan on my phone and there are no reported viruses.

This does not happen on any other site -- only the CC forum.

This is malicious adware:
Users find the fake alert opened when they open untrustworthy websites or click on untrustworthy links,


This pops up every single time I visit CC on the phone and try to leave. Again, no other sites -- just CC.

Anyone else experiencing this problem?


Replies to: Malware on College Confidential (with Android)

  • gouf78gouf78 Registered User Posts: 7,302 Senior Member
    Yes. It’s driving me nuts. Mines about Amazon or free phone
  • gouf78gouf78 Registered User Posts: 7,302 Senior Member
    But different url
  • calmomcalmom Registered User Posts: 20,106 Senior Member
    This isn't the first time I've run into problems with the CC site. So it looks like this website is infected with malware, possibly carried via its advertising.

    I cleared out the storage on my device and the problem stopped, so I am guessing that some sort of file was downloaded or cookie was set along with some particular ad.
  • evergreen5evergreen5 Registered User Posts: 1,200 Senior Member
    Same here, a while back. and the problem recently returned.
  • gouf78gouf78 Registered User Posts: 7,302 Senior Member
    I have an iPhone so it’s not just android. So clear history etc? And yes only CC site
  • calmomcalmom Registered User Posts: 20,106 Senior Member
    Well, start with clear history. If it is tied to a specific ad, it would come back if and when that ad is reloaded --- but maybe the people who run CC can figure out the source and eliminate it.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 30,637 Senior Member
    edited May 2018
    Yes only CC and I close the CC tab, go to another, open history clear the offenders, and am good 95% of the time. Have you seen the other thread(s) on this ?
    Adware isn't necessarily malware .
    Do think it's in the banner ads.

    @calmom Sorin once advised to use the full site, not the mobile format.
    My issue I slip back to mobile (? when I come back after a while.) That was this am's problem.
  • college_querycollege_query Registered User Posts: 4,423 Senior Member
    I used to get pop-ups on CC on my phone pretty frequently. I downloaded the app Adblock Plus on my phone and haven’t had the issue since. I have an iPhone.
  • calmomcalmom Registered User Posts: 20,106 Senior Member
    I use an adblocker on desktop, but not mobile. Supposed I could download an adblocker for my smartphone as well... but then that's one one more complication -- I generally will use mobile for browsing but if I want to post wait until I have my laptop & full keyboard. I'm not too keen on teens finger typing and the auto-correct on the smart phone only makes things worse.

    Other sites manage to work with reputable advertiser for their banner ads without pushing adware to their users computers. In my mind there is a big difference between ads that are simply visually annoying or distracting.. and ads that open unwanted popups on the users' devices.
  • wisteria100wisteria100 Registered User Posts: 3,931 Senior Member
    Yes, I get it too. Not everytime, but enough that it is a big nuisance
  • Jeni82Jeni82 Registered User Posts: 28 Junior Member
    It's constant for me since yesterday. Happens on my Android phone and only when using Chrome (okay so far in Firefox.) Cleared my browsing history and cache - neither helped.
  • freshlysqueezedfreshlysqueezed Registered User Posts: 20 Junior Member
    I've been using Firefox focus for Android for awhile without any issues. Its a privacy web browser. Only inconvenience, is that it doesn't save passwords.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 30,637 Senior Member
    If you saw the prior threads, seems users had issues in all scenarios.
  • techmom99techmom99 Registered User Posts: 3,192 Senior Member
    I only read CC on my Android, I don't log in and I don't post, but I was getting those "It's Friday, you have won..." I quickly power the phone down and when I turn it back on again, it's gone. I hadn't associated it with CC. I will now but I am not sure what to do other than not read on my phone since I already don't log in or post.
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