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  • STU9000 Level 1 (5 points)
    {quote:title=The hatter wrote:}
    Nothing was run, and nothing installed.
    Most times, easiest way is to go to {quote}

    I googled MacScan and found it, currently running a full scan. Thus far no spyware detected, but I have 13 tracking cookies. Not sure if they are harmful or not(?)

    {quote:title=The hatter wrote:}Also, Leopard Cache Cleaner includes ClamXav. {quote}

    You mean I already have this?

    {quote:title=The hatter wrote:}Apple could take one step: ask before downloading any file. the only file I ever saw was ".exe" so it won't run unless run in Windows. {quote}

    I am always very wary about downloading files. As a general rule I never download anything unless it is from apples own site. I have a limited knowledge of how computers work these days, so I don't know what the risks of inadvertently downloading malware but running embedded applications such as quicktime are.

    {quote:title=The hatter wrote:}The ad wants you to click to download a small package, and then needs to pull in the rest of its "bag of tricks" usually. If you read tech news sites daily most have >articles when any new thread appears. Techreport, Computerworld, TechWorld, ZDNET and others.
    Nothing was run, and nothing installed. {quote}

    What it was was a small window, I can't really remember what it said, but when I tried to close it another one the same popped up. As I said I immediately forced safari to quit and restarted.

    I am thinking about paying for this MacScan to be on the safe side, do you think I need to or is ClamXav enough? I feel that I trust free virus checkers and the likes less.

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  • STU9000 Level 1 (5 points)
    OK MacScan has finished running and I have 13 tracking cookies. Shall I click "isolate" and... well what does that do. Are they bad. What should I do please.
  • The hatter Level 9 (60,925 points)
    Block tracking cookies, which is why I use OmniWeb and Firefox, or delete.

    Look at the feedback on VersionTracker and MacUpdate. I own Intego VirusBarrier X5 which can be run in demo 30-day mode.

    I'd use ClamX which is part of Leopard Cache Cleaner.

    I thought MacScan was a product looking for a problem?

    Seriously, I use Safari mostly with plug-ins disabled and java and javascript off; or just on very few sites it is needed and works best (very few).
  • STU9000 Level 1 (5 points)
    Would it cause problems if I installed that leopard-cache-cleaner alongside MacScan?

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  • Rachel R Level 6 (18,700 points)
    The hatter wrote:
    Those pop-up alerts "your computer seems to have an infection" ARE the malware...

    Ah, thank you for the clarification. I have seen several similar-sounding popups that seemed clearly (to me) to be attempts to get a person to buy virus- and spyware-detection software. But I'm quite sure you're right that there are some (or many) that are the malware. (That was the reason for my hedging and saying, "...and maybe even other nefarious purposes" ... but I really wasn't sure how much that was the situation.)

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  • Barney-15E Level 8 (45,330 points)
    The inline ads never bothered me, except when they caused the browser to hang. That's how people make money in this business. Inline ads are not obtrusive, to me, but the pop-unders and the double-underlined links that cluttered the screen have gone over the line and made me disable them all. Here's how.

    I've started using my hosts file to redirect all the browser spam back to the black hole of my own machine. By adding the internet spam addresses to your hosts file, pointing them back to your machine, nothing is ever loaded. I'm ad free, pop-under free, and double-underline-ugly-free.
    I'm not sure what damage you could possibley do, but if you back up the original hosts file, you can always go back.

    Your hosts file is located in /etc (use Finder Go to Folder... and type in /etc, click Go). You'll have to download Textwrangler or some other text editor that will allow you to modify system files.

    Here is the link to the site where I got the list: Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File. The page is written for windows, but will work on any unix system. Also, the installer won't work, but you can just open the text file link from the page and copy the addresses into your own hosts file. Copy from "#start of lines added by WinHelp200" to the end of the file. Paste everything after the last line of the current hosts file, save and restart.

    I imagine there is some performance hit with such a large hosts file, but I haven't noticed a slowdown, most likely because the browser is not loading all the java ads,
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