First, this is the WoT, Web of Trust, evaluation for media.fastclick.net. I wouldn't want to let this get anywhere near my computer. But this is referring to pop-ups, which isn't your issue, so maybe this is no big deal.
If you were to use Firefox with the Add-on NoScript, that would enable you to filter out these kinds of secondary scripts--if that's what they are. Problem is there is a bit of a learning curve using NoScript. If you want to know more, I can give you some links.
Otherwise, perhaps AdBlockin Safari will be sufficient to keep all this stuff out. Try running it for a while and see if these downloads stop. There is the possibility that third party advertising can serve up some not very welcome stuff.
But again, I would prefer to let Thomas weigh in on all this.
Appreciate your help, and I have re-enabled the AdBlock and Ghostery as you suggested.
I think that's wise, but I'd also want to find out what site is hosting the ads that are causing this problem. As WZZZ has pointed out, these particular ad sites have very bad reputations. So, you'll want to either let the owner of the site hosting ads from those sites know about the issue, or you'll want to stop visiting that site. Note that if the owner is knowingly hosting ads from questionable sites, you don't want to go anywhere near that site in general.
I'm sorry; I don't know what the take-away lesson is from your last post. Are you endorsing No Script in Firefox, because it DOES block Admeld? What about the scripts you show below: are those things that are blocked good to emulate with Ghostery or No Script preferences, or are you pointing out the shortcoming of this circumstance? Sorry, I'm not sure what to do with what you posted below
Ghostery is blocking among other things admeld and these are the scripts that appear with NoScript in Firefox. This is the WoT scorecard for admeld
This gets kind of complicated, but even though there is some overlap, Ghostery is blocking different types of trackers and NoScript is blocking scripts. I will refer you here for some basic stuff.
I stopped using Safari some years ago because there is nothing comparable to NoScript available in Safari. Firefox also has an enormous flexibility because of the number of Add-ons that are possible. I never see an ad and I only allow those scripts which are essential to the functioning of a web page.
I use NoScript, AdBlock Plus, and Ghostery in Firefox, which is my primary browser. I like to know who's knocking at my door before I open it.
Here's some basic information on using NoScript.
Btw, since this thread started where you thought the latest Java update was causing the problem, be EXTREMELY careful where you allow Java to run. It is constantly being exploited for malware, even though it constantly gets patched; that patching is useless. I have it completely disabled in the browser. You do that in Preferences>Plug-ins. I don't allow it anywhere.
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I wasn't saying a switch to Firefox is absolutely necessary--that said, I wouldn't use anything else--but it does offer more security, flexibiity and privacy, using those Add-ons and others, like WoT. Besides that, Firefox is regularly patched against security threats, where Safari for Snow Leopard (even for higher OS versions) if it continues to get any patches, is patched very infrequently. If you continue with Safari, you should also install WoT, which will give you a guide to the safety of many sites--not always completely accurate, but much better than nothing.
Keep an eye on AdBlock. I have it installed in Safari, but since I don't use Safari very much I'm not certain just how effective it is.
I understand that switching from a browser you are used to is like giving up an old pair of comfortable shoes; we get used to them.
On Safari at least, I find ghostery a bit too blocking of useful (comments, reviews etc) content - sure, it's easy to pause/refresh, but the missing things aren't always obvious.
Glimmerblocker deals well with much of this js & ad stuff, assuming that the ad-networks filter is chosen, and should work with any browser. It also lines up a list of 'suspects' for sites you visit, making it quite simple to add these to the filters.
Yeah, lately Ghostery in Firefox has been over the top too; just blocking too much. Still, for the time being, I'll live with the occasional inconvenience. NoScript, AdBlock Plus, Ghostery, Referesh Blocker, Redirect Cleaner, Little Snitch, all have their downsides and, admittedly, sometimes it's just too much trouble to find out where the blocking is coming from and a PITA. So sometimes if it's not a site/page I absolutely have to visit, I just give up. On balance though, I still think it's worth it. But I'm pretty hard-core.
I just noticed meld.js show up in my download folder and I had wunderground open in my safari browser.
At the suggestion of the great wizards above, I contacted Weather Underground.com by email yesterday. Their reply provided a preliminary explanation the problem with meld.js files accumulating in the download folder.
There is currently a problem with the ad server on the site. We're working on fixing it and will resolve it soon. You could try opting out of Ad Meld (the ad server) using the link below:
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On Apr 27, 2013 at 7:22 p.m. Bronco 01 wrote:
There have been lively discussions this week in the Apple Discussion Forum about accumulation of the file, meld.js, in the download folders just because of having weather underground.com open in a tab. It appears some banner headline or other advertisement on your web page is not executing properly, and the viewing computer collects the file as a download instead. I am no expert, but those at the Apple Discussion Forum assert that your web site is a problem as a result of this situation. Please investigate and fix at first opportunity. Thanks