Over 100 million people use Spotify to stream their favourite music worldwide, and 60 million of those users do this through Spotify’s free service, but this freemium service may have hit a major roadblock.
Spotify has been accidentally serving M viruses to listeners using their free version of its music streaming service, with its ads directing computer users to virus-infested websites.
Users have been reporting that these ads on the music streaming software have been forcing their computers to open pages on their default web browsers that are riddled with malware.
The issue has been reported by users of Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, which has lead to many complaints on social media and the Spotify Community website.
The problem seems to be connected to a single advert on Spotify’s freemium service, which the streaming company has claimed they have removed.
The malware websites appear to have nothing to do with the single advert, but the site attempts to install viruses automatically without the user’s permission.
Spotify commented on the issue by saying: “We’ve identified an issue where a small number of users were experiencing a problem with questionable website pop-ups in their default browsers as a result of an isolated issue with an ad on our Free tier. We have now identified the source of the problem and have shut it down.”
Hopefully, this issue has now been corrected. But if you are worried about viruses you can use Find What You Like for FREE to create playlists with your chosen music streaming provider, be that Spotify or a different service.