- Landing page error
You would receive an alert when the system identifies a broken/dead link (404 Error, 5xx, timeouts, etc.) in the landing page or when a broken link is identified in the path (intermediate redirect links inside the daisy chain) between the click URL and the landing page.
- SSL non-compliant
Ad that contains at least one unsecured item in the chain of resources (unsafe, no https, mixed content, ssl version or cipher mismatch)
Ads that automatically vibrate the user’s device when reaching a landing page. Malicious use of the HTML5 vibrate API.
Ads that automatically play audio whenever you visit a website.
- JS Alert on exit
- JS Alert on entry
- Auto-redirect app store
Ads that is automatically redirecting to the App Stores without user interaction.
Ads that automatically download a file/executable/application without user interaction.
- Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP)
Unwanted software is an executable file or mobile application that engages in behavior that is deceptive, unexpected, or that negatively affects the user’s browsing or computing experience.
Ads claiming that you have a virus and you are in need of anti-virus software may, ironically, actually contain a virus that could harm your computer, cause costly repairs or, even worse, lead to identity theft. Scammers often use the names of well-known companies that specialise in computer software to gain your trust. The pop-up advertisements aim to mimic genuine warning alerts generated by computer security software.
- Back Button Hijack
Ads containing a script that allows an advertiser to manipulate the browser history. Usually it consists in inserting one or several pages in the browser history, which would prevent the user to go back to the previous page he was coming from.
Ad that contains a script causing a web page to break out of any frames “framing” it, resulting in redirecting the visitor to another website/page
Adware is software that downloads or displays unwanted ads when a user is online, collects marketing data and other information without the user’s knowledge, or redirects search requests to certain advertising websites.
- Drive-by mining
- Browser Locker
Ransomware is a form of malware that essentially holds a computer system captive while demanding a ransom. The malware restricts user access to the computer either by encrypting files on the hard drive or locking down the system and displaying messages.
- Phishing URL
A phishing site might trick users into revealing their personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers, or credit cards). The content pretends to act, or looks and feels, like a trusted entity — for example, a browser, operating system, bank, or government.
Malware is a general category of malicious code that includes viruses, worms and Trojan horse programs. It is used to disrupt computer operations, gather sensitive information, gain access to private computer systems, or display unwanted advertising
- Malicious URL
Malicious URLs host unsolicited content (spam, phishing, drive-by exploits, etc.) and lure unsuspecting users to become victims of scams (monetary loss, theft of private information, and malware installation)
- Suspicious TLD
Top-level domains frequently used by cybercriminals who are setting up hosts for spam e-mailing, scams, shady software downloads, malware distribution, botnet operations and “phishing” attacks, or other suspicious content. Please note that it may not be necessary to block all domains flagged as suspicious, but it is our policy at AdSecure to inform you of their potential relationship to malicious activity so that you can make an informed decision.