How to remove unwanted Pop-Up Ads?
AKA: It’s not me …..It’s you!
Fed up with those annoying pop-up ads that try to trap you? Arrrrrgh!
I know…I know…me too!
Want to shout/scream/hit someone? Or just want to get rid of them?
I sometimes get people telling me that they are seeing inappropriate pop-ups on my ‘Featured’ page. Either because of the content or because of the inability to click away or close it.
Of course I take it seriously! We do see these sort of pop-ups all the time but my ‘Featured’ page is there for people to enjoy – not to irritate. I know it happens everywhere – but I don’t want it to happen to MY audience … right?
So whilst chasing this problem up – guess what I found out.
It’s not me… It’s YOU!. And only you can fix it.
I know – I didn’t realise either.
Of course I do have ads and I do have pop ups. It’s the mechanism by which I’m able to support a ‘Featured’ page. Sharing people’s work on Facebook is very transitory. Once a post is an hour old it’s down the timeline and then it’s history. My ‘Featured’ page allows me to showcase so much more art and talent and because it is always there and it is searchable it can prove a useful gallery for those wanting a little inspiration.
But the ads we allow should be fairly benign and should be easy to skip past. That’s not always the case.
So as a total techno-dunce here’s what I’ve been told by my web team.
There is Malware doing the rounds of the internet that may have found it’s way onto your browser.
It’s a big problem with the web right now and can be fixed by resetting your browser settings. The action you need to take will depend on the type of device you are using but on the iPhone/iPad, you can do the following:
Go to Settings -> Safari -> Clear History and Website Data.
Then restart the device by holding down the home and sleep buttons at the same time for 10 seconds.
That’s it! Or you can find more information on other devices: How to remove unwanted pop-up ads
“Congratulations your iphone was randomly selected”… NO IT WASN’T!
“You are today’s lucky visitor?” … NO YOU’RE NOT!
I thought it was the fault of the website I was visiting. It wasn’t. Of course my web team knew this instantly. I (like many of you) did not.
So it figures that many of you might find this helpful too.
Thank you to those of you who have fed back your experiences to me. As with YouTube and other platforms we need ads to provide these services, but as you can see, not all the ads are sanctioned and this might just help us to get rid of some of the nasties. xx