10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2007 4:11 PM by karl_lankford
mbell1975 Level 1 Level 1
This is the second time this has happened now in the last few weeks and I am not too happy. While browsing with Safari with pop blocker and Firewall on, I get a popup box that says my computer may be affected by Malware and it wants to run a test. When I hit no, it redirects me to a Malware test site that acts like its scanning my computer and I have to close out of Safari. I also had a popup window for a fake Macy's that loaded itself everytime I went into my Myspace mail. Had to reset Safari to get rid of that.

Is this happening to anyone else? I thought Macs werent affected by these kinds of things.

iMAC 2.0ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • stedman1 Level 9 Level 9
    Hi mbell75: Unfortunately the issue of Pop-ups, fake links and the like are not products of a Mac or any computer for that matter. It is a product of so many so called "free Web Sites" getting money from whatever sources they can. If that means having less than reputable advertisments on them, so be it. There was one such web site on here a couple weeks ago that supposedly scanned my computer and found numerous issues with .dll files. Which is kind of strange since there are no .dll files on a Mac.

  • mbell1975 Level 1 Level 1
    Ha, ok. So just dont worry about it? My concern is that its the same exact ad and redirects to the same site. This occured while I was browsing totally different sites weeks apart. That indictaed to me it may be on my computer and not on the net.
  • richard 05 Level 1 Level 1
    if i were you i would be worried, the same thing has happened to me while i was at hotmail, not a random website where you expect funny things to happen. to everyone who thinks that a mac is immune you might want to consider that this problem has just popped up in a months time.
  • Diane Wordsmith Level 5 Level 5
    This just happened to me, too. I was deleting mail from Hotmail and suddenly the popup window comes up (even though I have popups blocked). I click cancel and suddenly my browser is overtaken, going to some other URL. Command Q wasn't working fast enough, so I went to Force Quit. I restarted Safari and checked my downloads folder. Nothing there. And I don't see anything that is obviously suspicious in Activity Monitor. So...I'm hoping I'm clean.
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7
    It is an Advertisement.
  • SJA Level 3 Level 3
    Anything on the screen of a pop-up is part of the HTML code on the page. If you view the source of one of these pages when they show up, you'll see that any button on the page will redirect you somewhere. This is OS independent. It will happen in Windows, OS X, Linux, Unix, or whatever OS you are running the browser on. The best thing to do when you get a pop-up is to use the red button on the top left of the Safari browser, and close it out.

  • 3's Level 1 Level 1
    sorry Steve, but the pop up window that appeared on my Safari doesn't have the close button. There's only "cancel" or "ok" button. Weird I know.

    To be safe, I chose to force quite the application.

    Also, do you have any theory on why the pop up appears while we're in hotmail or other trustworthy sites (I was surfing Digg.com comments) rather than the usual warez or other malware infested sites.
  • Risou Level 1 Level 1
    Same thing happens to me. I know it's just a popup but the reason I'm concerned is because after closing the redirected site, my tabs start acting funny. They become 50% visible, and you have to click the visible part to go to it.
  • Flowers Level 2 Level 2
    Always an interesting and worthwhile debate about security of Mac OS and Safari browser.

    I found this blog on the topic interesting:

    "After writing about the massive security update Apple released for Mac OS X this week, I’ve decided to dive back into the never-ending blog debate over whether the Mac is really more secure than Microsoft Windows, even though I get hate mail whenever I do so..."

    His blog can be found at this link (scroll down):
  • karl_lankford Level 1 Level 1
    hello to every1

    being a mac noob, im half confident to answer this question.

    Im the sys admin @ Kaspersky UK, and i know we are going to have a beta release of our AV for macs, very early q1 - when i can get more details i'll post it here.

    The mac malware has been proven in principle, and is a very real issue. If unsure of any site - most of you guys probably have parralels or vmware - run the site on a windows image with AV installed, and use this as a "sandbox" to see what happens.

    Not good having it on the same HDD, and i'd always recommend closing if unsure. 95% of these pages are adverts, and then infect you!

    Hope this helps, and i'll keep my ear to the ground for MAC beta's