Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 8:16 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
I was pulling my hair out with this one, as well. Your answer appears to be correct.
I'm using VirusBarrier X6. Clicked the SURF tab; then the Ad Banner Filter. It was ON. Switched it to OFF.
Now, links turn into web pages appear (instead of 1x1 pixel gif).MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)