November 15, 2012 6:05 PM Subscribe
Random porn filter: does my iPad have a virus or what?
posted by Sublimity to computers & internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A few minutes ago I was reading the Boston.com website on my iPad using Safari. Clicked on a link to an article and suddenly there were about five or six new tabs opening up in quick succession, with some super-explicit porn ads. The last tab to open was some page saying I'd won something, with a pop-up window waiting for me to hit "OK". Shutting down the Safari app from the home screen and then reopening it didn't get those tabs to go away--had to restart the machine to be able to close those windows down.
Husband thinks this means iPad must have a virus. Quick check of the Apple support site says Apple products don't get viruses. For whatever that's worth...
Checked the history, and there were no XXX pages listed there, so it's not like an existing link was reopened. Sometimes the adults in the family look at XXX material on the iPad using Safari, but only in private browsing, and are quite conscientious to cover tracks so that the kids don't stumble across anything.
My question: WTF? Any ideas why the porn came up outta nowhere? How can I make sure this doesn't happen again, like when my kids are using it?