Browser hijack 'gpfree0002' / 'gpfree0003' - what can be done?1 Recommended Answer
This is caused by a fraudulent google adwords advertiser using remarketing to follow us around sites that display adsense ads.
They are using some kind of manipulative ad (which auto redirects to these sites without even clicking it). They appear to be cloaking the final url so Google don't notice.
To prove the point I'm on an Android phone. As soon as I go to settings, account settings, then go to my privacy settings and turn off 'ads based on interest' etc for both logged in and logged out browsing it stops happening.
If you clear cookies it returns (as your logged out settings for Chrome etc default back to allow remarketing).
This is extremely frustrating and there are a lot of people making a lot of money out of these tech support cloaking scams.
You really need to get on top of this.
The only answer - for users using chrome at least (I haven't tried but it may work) would be to change your gmail address on your account settings page, then clear all cookies etc.
For those of you being targeted on Facebook - I imagine this is similar account specific ad targeting.
To those people doing factory resets and the like, this won't help. We are being targeted by unscrupulous advertisers exploiting adwords' remarketing system.
Hopefully this helps you stop this happening.
I did this both last night and this morning, but have still been encountering the same problem. The only difference over this time has been that the redirect is now prompted by gpfree0003 rather than gpfree0002, which was the case yesterday.
Do you know if there's anything else I can try?
Thanks for the help.
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