5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 4, 2010 3:58 PM by broadwayorbust07
broadwayorbust07 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi,

Recently I have been getting lots of pop-ups. This hasn't happened before and I think it might somehow be connected to the security update I received and downloaded from Apple a week or two ago. I get full-page ads opening behind the browser in their own window, 'gugle.com' and others, and on various sites I get messages about how my PC is under threat (even though I have a Mac), and today while surfing youtube I got a "hi" message with an OK button and the Safari icon. What gives? Can Macs now get adware, viruses, trojans, etc.? If so, is that what these are? How do I get rid of them? BTW, all pop-up blockers are enabled. Not sure if it is just Safari because it hasn't happened on Firefox yet.

Thanks!

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Safari 4.0.5
  • 1. Re: Problems with pop-ups
    broadwayorbust07 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    UPDATE: New problem. I reset Safari on a tip from another website and thus reset my top sites. Now random sites that I never visit are popping up there. Stuff like flickr, the New York Times, etc.

    Can someone please tell me how much of this stuff is normal?
  • 2. Re: Problems with pop-ups
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,505 points)
    on various sites I get messages about how my PC is under threat (even though I have a Mac)

    No viruses that can attack OS X have so far been detected 'in the wild', i.e. in anything other than laboratory conditions.

    That is 'scareware' trying to lure ignorant Windows users into downloading and installing malware. The sites you have visited have been hacked, and in the process you may have acquired a 'tracker cookie'.

    More on that here:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8313678.stm

    Beware of PDF files from unknown sources. A security firm announced that by its counting, malicious Reader documents made up 80% of all exploits at the end of 2009.:

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9157438/RoguePDFs_account_for_80_of_all_exploits_saysresearcher

    It is possible, however, to pass on a Windows virus to another Windows user, for example through an email attachment. To prevent this all you need is the free anti-virus utility ClamXav, which you can download for Tiger and Leopard from:

    http://www.clamxav.com/

    The new version for Snow Leopard is available here:

    http://www.clamxav.com/index.php?page=v2beta

    (Note: ClamAV adds a new user group to your Mac. That makes it a little more difficult to remove than some apps. You’ll find an uninstaller link in ClamXav’s FAQ page online.)

    However, the appearance of Trojans and other malware that can possibly infect a Mac seems to be growing, but is a completely different issue to viruses.

    If you allow a Trojan to be installed, the user's DNS records can be modified, redirecting incoming internet traffic through the attacker's servers, where it can be hijacked and injected with malicious websites and pornographic advertisements. The trojan also installs a watchdog process that ensures the victim's (that's you!) DNS records stay modified on a minute-by-minute basis.

    You can read more about how, for example, the OSX/DNSChanger Trojan works here:

    http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/trojanosxdnschanger.shtml

    SecureMac has introduced a free Trojan Detection Tool for Mac OS X. It's available here:

    http://macscan.securemac.com/

    The DNSChanger Removal Tool detects and removes spyware targeting Mac OS X and allows users to check to see if the trojan has been installed on their computer; if it has, the software helps to identify and remove the offending file. After a system reboot, the users' DNS records will be repaired.

    (Note that a 30 day trial version of MacScan can be downloaded free of charge from:

    http://macscan.securemac.com/buy/

    and this can perform a complete scan of your entire hard disk. After 30 days free trial the cost is $29.99. The full version permits you to scan selected files and folders only, as well as the entire hard disk. It will detect (and delete if you ask it to) all 'tracker cookies' that switch you to web sites you did not want to go to.)
  • 3. Re: Problems with pop-ups
    broadwayorbust07 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am hesitant to download anti-virus software for Mac because all the ones I have looked at are reported to be scams because such software is not necessary for Mac users.
  • 4. Re: Problems with pop-ups
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,505 points)
    Did you actually read my post?

    Download and use http://www.clamxav.com/
  • 5. Re: Problems with pop-ups
    broadwayorbust07 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Did you read mine? That looks like anti-virus software to me. I was hoping someone would give me a way to clean my system by dispensing of .plist files or clearing caches, but if anti-virus software is what I need, then I suppose that's all that can be said.