August 31, 2015

How to prevent ad-type.google.com from ruining your reading experience?

Ad-type.google.com is a nuisance. It is the meanest possible click fraud one would ever encounter online. It affects your browsing experience mainly on your mobile devices, be it android or iOS. So far I have not heard of ad-type affecting browsing experience on Windows Phone. That is probably because users are not reporting it.

I am sure you will agree with me that it is a pain. It usually happens when you click on a hyperlink from an application or search result. You are expectantly waiting to read the stuff that you clicked on and like a slap on your face the browser redirects your url to ad-type.google.com. No matter how hard you try, you cannot get rid of this persistent menace.

How do you prevent ad-type.google.com from redirecting your urls to a page that cannot even be opened? Yes, that is what happens. Ad-type.google.com redirects your browser to a dead page that gives you an error message that the url cannot be found.

After a little bit of research online and a few trials and errors later, I figured out how to prevent ad-type.google.com from redirecting me to another page, driving me nuts. Fact is, though there are a lot of people who are affected by this menace, no one has figured out a solution that prevents ad-type.google.com from redirecting you to a dead page. Some even try to sell anti-virus software to try and earn a few bucks, riding on one's inability to tackle the menace. Is there no solution to ad-type.google.com? I think there is!

Now, the usual way to tackle malware taking over your browsing experience is to clear the cache. In this case however, I found that clearing the browser cache alone does not help. There are a combination of things you need to do if you want to prevent ad-type.google.com from ruining your browsing experience. Let me tell you what those steps are:

Step One - Close all open tabs: If you have any tabs open on your browser, close them. Otherwise, they may get saved in your history much after you clear your cache and the issue with ad-type.google.com will persist.

Step Two - Clear the cache: Though this does not help, it is a good idea to get rid of all the cookies stored on your device. How do you clear browser cache? If you are using an Android device, go to your browser settings, find out privacy settings and click on the blue button that says 'delete browsing data.' You may want to delete both browsing history and cookies when you delete browsing data. Ad-type.google.com may get saved in your browser history and sit there to trouble you gain. It may also have cookies in your phone that will further attack the other urls that you click on.

Step Three - Delete website data: Apart from cookies and browsing history, your browser may also save website data of certain websites, like location and preferences. My assumption is ad-type.google.com pretends to be a part of that website data and gets saved on your phone. If you are using an android phone, go to settings > Site settings > Storage and delete all site data saved on your phone.

Step Four - Disable JavaScript: This is in fact the key to getting rid of ad-type.google.com from your phone. Unlike what people want you to believe, the click fraud of ad-type.google.com is not exactly a virus. Nor is ad-type.google.com a malware that affects your system, if you consider the definition of malware. It is a JavaScript injected into your browser, perhaps using cookies, browsing history or site data. And the best way to deal with it is to turn off the JavaScript functionality on your browser. If you are using an android phone, you can do this by going to Settings > Site Settings > JavaScript and choosing Block.




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