10 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2013 8:14 PM by bob.logan64
bob.logan64 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'll try to lay this out as best I can. I've been going crazy over this.

 

I go to this particular photo forum and read a lot and post a lot. Ever since upgrading to mountain lion, every time I go to this forum, I now notice that certain words, completely random, are highlighted. Some of these highlighted words are underlined with one line, and some have two lines underneath. Some of the words, if you click on the word, thinking it might be a link to something pertinent to the subject being discussed, will lead you to some search type of site again random, they are all kinds of different places, but basically an ad, and some of these highlighted words, if you just drag your cursor over the word, an ad will pop up.

 

Please someone tell me that they have been experiencing this same type of thing.

 

Also, is it just me or does it seem like mountain lion has slowed down my computer just a little bit. I have a pretty fast internet connection here and sometimes when I click on a site, or type an address in the URL line, the little blue line that starts accross seems to go very slow. Sorry I can't describe things more accurately. If you need clarification I would be glad to try to help anyone understand. As I need to understand this. And I have been told that something has infected my browser. Now, these people telling me this are PC users, and I thought macs were not AS susceptible to infection or virus than PCs.

 

Thanks for any help or explanations.

  • 1. Re: Please help me with this mountain lion problem.
    bob.logan64 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just saw a thread on "Mountain Lag" and went there and one poster put up a link to his Mac performance guide. I clicked and went to his site and the same thing that happens on the photo site is happening on this guy's site and he is from this forum talking about mac performance.

     

    In the article the word aging is highlighted. He's talking about aging or inadequate hardware. If you click on the word "aging" this ad about wrinkles pops up with this horrible picture of an older woman with wrinkles appears.

     

    I wish I could get someone to go there and see if they experience the same thing because I'm trying not to go crazy here.

     

    Just trying to figure this out. If anyone want to check it's reedcorner.net, Thomas' Tech Corner, Mac Performance Guide. And see if there are any words in the article highlighted that lead to ads.

  • 2. Re: Please help me with this mountain lion problem.
    Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8 (35,295 points)

    That's an ad gimick. There is nothing wrong with your Mac, at least in regards to what you are describing.

     

    You can disable them with the JavaScript Blacklist Safari Extension. However, you have to determine where they are coming from. I think the Javascript Blacklist defaults covers many of them, but it may not block them all.

  • 3. Re: Please help me with this mountain lion problem.
    bob.logan64 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry but I haven't the slightest clue as to where to find this. Is this something I have to download? Can you tell me where to find this.

  • 4. Re: Please help me with this mountain lion problem.
    bob.logan64 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It was suggested that I try Malwarebytes. Anyone know about this?

  • 5. Re: Please help me with this mountain lion problem.
    Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8 (35,295 points)

    No, don't do that. You don't need anti-virus, anti-malware, or any Clean Up utilities, unless you want to spend a lot of time fixing all the damage those things do to your Mac.

     

    The author of JavaScript Blacklist was apparently hosting it on his MobileMe web page, which is no longer available. This guy has it for download: http://37prime.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/casualty-of-mobileme-closure-drew-thaler s-javascript-blacklist-safari-extension/

     

    I don't know where else to find it.

    Here is a screenshot of Safari's Extension preferences, where it will be installed:

    Screen Shot 2013-01-14 at 6.30.43 AM.png

  • 6. Re: Please help me with this mountain lion problem.
    bob.logan64 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey thank you very much. I had a feeling that the Malware thing was not for me, or for mac. When I went to Safari > Preferences > Extensions there was something in their called Yontoo. Any idea as to what that is? And can you enlighten me as to the history of all of this? Does it happen to everyone who went to mountain lion? Is this something specific to Safari? How did or does this happen and why are we having to now take measures to rid oursleves of this?

     

    This stuff gets weirder and weider. It seems like we upgrade, then download more stuff for protection. Where does it end.

  • 7. Re: Please help me with this mountain lion problem.
    Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (16,210 points)

    I don't know what Yontoo is, but I read on another thread it was causing some problems and the person was advised to remove it.

  • 8. Re: Please help me with this mountain lion problem.
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,450 points)

    bob.logan64 wrote:

     

    Hey thank you very much. I had a feeling that the Malware thing was not for me, or for mac. When I went to Safari > Preferences > Extensions there was something in their called Yontoo. Any idea as to what that is? And can you enlighten me as to the history of all of this? Does it happen to everyone who went to mountain lion? Is this something specific to Safari? How did or does this happen and why are we having to now take measures to rid oursleves of this?

     

    This stuff gets weirder and weider. It seems like we upgrade, then download more stuff for protection. Where does it end.

    If there are addons installed that you don't recognize remove them.

  • 9. Re: Please help me with this mountain lion problem.
    Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8 (35,295 points)

    It has nothing to do with mountain lion at all.

    They are ads embedded into the web page with JavaScript, by the host of the site. The web host makes money from people clicking on those links.

     

    Personally, I have no problems with ads on websites, since it is free to me. However, once the ads get in the way moving, jiggling, flashing, or creating links in the middle of the text, I block them with JavaScript Blacklist.

  • 10. Re: Please help me with this mountain lion problem.
    bob.logan64 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You're right. It has nothing to do with mountain lion. It took me a while to figure it out. It has everything to do with your Safari > Preferences > Extensions, and what is in there. In mine were to extensions called Yontoo, and torrenthelper.

     

    Those two were the cuplrits of the pop up ads and all of the hyperlinks. Now as to how they got there I'm not sure but I am pretty sure I had something to do with it. I probably said yes to something that I shouldn't have.

     

    Thomas Reed is on this forum somewhere and he posted a link to his webpage with help in all areas of the mac. I read through a lot of his stuff and he is dead on. It helped me greatly. I didn't even know about Safari extensions before your suggestion of java blacklist, and before I read his webpage.

     

    So at least for now, my problem is solved. Thanks for all the help.