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Spotify blames malware attack on a single ad

"Questionable website pop-ups" get in the way for some users of the free version of the streaming-music service.

Some users did not have a great experience with Spotify over the last few days.
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Spotify wasn't just serving up tunes over the last few days.

The streaming music company confirmed that some listeners on the free version of its service saw "questionable website pop-ups" that continually opened up a device's browser. The company, which counts about 70 million people as users of its commercial-driven free service, confirmed the problem in a response to a user complaint on its community site.

The problem is called "malvertising" -- aggressive or ill-intentioned ads that, like malware, take control of some functions of your computer. Some users complained of actual malware getting installed on their computers.

Spotify blamed a single ad and said it has shut that ad down. "We will continue to monitor the situation," it said.

The company declined to comment beyond the statement.