2343 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2011 9:49 PM by Mac_Man_X
You undoubtedly imported the malware from your PC running Windows. If the malware came from there, it can't do anything on a Mac unless the Mac is running Windows, and is therefore completely harmless. Antivirus software may detect Windows-based malware on your computer, but that doesn't mean any of it can run in the Mac OS.
The day after I got it I began to notice suspicious behavior when surfing the net (Yahoo Mail, Yahoo News, Facebook) when the screen I was on would be hijacked to an another site or ad of some kind.
This happens all the time and has nothing to do with malware, unless sneaky and devious website design is classified as malware.
...in other words it was my keystroking habit and the sites I visited.
I don't know what "keystroking habit" means, but the sites you're visiting are responsible for the popups and diversions that annoy you.
So your assessment is that the malware I found is not directly related to the hi-jacking episodes eww? Have I understood you correctly? No I'm not running Windows and I'm relieved to hear it will do no harm to the OS. But as you note it is an annoyance that I don't want and it did not occur in my previous XP machine (albeit one loaded to the gills with AV).
Short of not surfing at all...how can I prevent this hijacking behavior on my MAC? I"m not talking about a window popup you simply close and are still on the same page. I mean the page is actually shut down and I'm directed to another site or page. I have to re-start a browsing session. Would an AV software prevent this on a MAC?
Yes an anti-virus software will prevent the problems you are running into. It is simply the scripting on the web page or in the advertisements that are "hijacking" your browser. It is nothing like a PC but I will say Safari is not as good as other browsers in terms of pop-up blocking. A third party Security Software can help prevent this. You can do an erase install and still experience the same issue.
In order for a virus to even ENTER your system you have to give it permission by entering your administrator password for it to install, the system is built to be secure unlike Windows. Malware is virtually non-existent on Mac's, trust us.
By the way FACEBOOK IS THE WORST WEBSITE WHEN IT COMES TO ADS WITH SCRIPTING. More people get virus's from Facebook than any other website on PC's. The virus's will not run or work on the Mac OS. But pop-up and redirect scripts will run because it is most likely JAVA based.