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This is driving me up the wall. Somehow window shopper/superfish add on has been installed on my macbook. I have contacted superfish, and got the standard response, remove it from you add ons, but it is not there.


I never intentionally added this I have no idea how it got here, i thought installing snow leopard would help but it is still here. It is killing me every page i look at some stupid pop up window appears showing me a list of other products i just don't want.


Has anyone else had this problem and fixed it or if i delete the hard disk and reinstall (which i am thinking of doing regadless, Macbook needs a clean up) will it be gone then?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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May 24, 2012 10:37 AM in response to kimbeys In response to kimbeys

This just started on my iMac today.


As a temporary fix, I'm using the Javascript Blacklist extension for Safari, and have 'superfish.com' listed as one of the domains to block. Seems to be working - although I'd rather find out how that crap got on my iMac to start with, and how to banish it completely.

May 24, 2012 10:37 AM

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May 26, 2012 11:09 PM in response to kimbeys In response to kimbeys

I just discovered in Safari the culprit seems to be the "Awesome Screenshot" extension. I don't remember ever installing it, but there it was in the extensions list, and it has an option to enable additional features from superfish. I didn't bother with the disabling of superfish - just uninstalled the whole thing.

May 26, 2012 11:09 PM

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Jun 26, 2012 9:22 AM in response to kimbeys In response to kimbeys

I have had this horrible plugin nagging me for the last month or so. The only way I figured out it was superfish was because the status bar link showed www.superfish.com when I hovered over any of the images.


Really annoying and I'm sorry I ever activated it. I have now uninstalled Awesome Screenshot all together as I never used it anyway!

Jun 26, 2012 9:22 AM

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Nov 13, 2012 2:54 PM in response to kimbeys In response to kimbeys

I feel kind of violated, I open apple.com to see the price of a new iPad and when I put my cursor on the iPad's picture this stupid superfish tells me that I can find another iPad on another site that cost more than 4000 Euros. Not only is invasive but it gives you the worst advice ever. I have now uninstalled Awesome Screenshot all together as I never used it anyway and correct me if I am wrong but doesn't the app "Grab" do the same?Having Superfish appear on my Mac was like a flashback of my previous lifetime when I used windows and all types of uninvited crap would just show up.

Nov 13, 2012 2:54 PM

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Aug 29, 2013 8:53 AM in response to A. Scott McCulloch In response to A. Scott McCulloch

I know it was almost a year ago you posted this, but I have just wasted more than an hour trying to work out why this Superfish thing was appearing on my browser trying to sell me e-Bay products. It was on my own website, so I then started checking the server and the web page code.


Now, thanks to you, I have unintstalled the Safari Extension called "Awesome Screenshot" and all seems OK.


Thank you

Aug 29, 2013 8:53 AM

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Oct 23, 2013 9:35 AM in response to iskandar1877 In response to iskandar1877

iskandar1877 wrote:


Not too happy about it either but I like awesome screenshot.


So if you want to disable superfish and keep AS go Safari>Preferences>Extensions and uncheck 'Enable similar product search by Superfish'

Unfortunately, on my system when I do this, the AS extension keeps re-checking the box. This truly seems like it is spamware.

Oct 23, 2013 9:35 AM

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