9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 5, 2012 1:38 PM by MadMacs0
Flaxion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi.

 

I have tried searching the web for information about this, but cannot find any that describes what I'm experiencing on my Macbook Pro.

 

When I browse websites in Chrome there is added strange ads on every big image on the page. I suspect it to be some malware of some sort. I haven't installed anything new recently besides AdBlock for Chrome. I have tried uninstalling it and restart, but it doesn't remove the ads from the pages. Also, I've read that Mackeeper gives some sort of popup ad, so I have completely uninstalled Mackeeper as well (never experienced the popup issue though).

 

Do any of you guys know what this is and how I get rid of it?

 

Chrome Version 21.0.1180.57

 

Thanks in advance.

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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,650 points)

    That add is there because whatever website you are on has placed it there. It is not on the US version of that page using any browser.

  • Flaxion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That is incorrect. The ads aren't placed there. It also appears on websites I've designed myself and of course Apple (which is the example on the image) doesn't place ads for ringtones on their frontpage (or any other page).

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,650 points)

    Yeah sorry I didn't read your full post.

     

    Mackeeper is SPYWARE, JUNKWARE, Mac KILLER.

     

    You are right something you installed F'ed up your system.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (30,375 points)

    It's possible, though unlikely at this time, that this is malware.  There have been some malware programs that add advertisements to pages, though, so it would be wise to do a scan, unlikely or not.  Use either ClamXav or Sophos.

     

    Also, you mention Chrome specifically, but didn't say whether you see the same behavior in other browsers?  Do you?  If it's only in Chrome, it may be some kind of Chrome extension or plug-in or toolbar that you have installed.  (I don't use Chrome, so I don't know what the options are there.)

     

    Another possibility is that the network itself is inserting them.  Does it happen on all networks, or just certain networks?  Some networks, including some ISPs, have been known to insert advertisements into web pages.

     

    Of course, since you installed MacKeeper - perhaps the most infamous amongst all Mac crapware - it's entirely possible you have installed some other crapware that is doing it.  (Not meaning that to be insulting, if it sounds that way...  I'm just trying to point out another possible cause, and tell you to be more careful what you install in the future.)

  • Flaxion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I will try to scan for malware.

     

    It only appears in Chrome. It's not ISP specific.

     

    It's not insulting. Your theory is very likely and I just want to get rid of this crap

    But the ads have only appeard for the last 3-4 days and in that period I haven't installed anything new besides OSX Mountain Lion. And the only behavior difference is that Mackeeper wanted me to update to the Mountain Lion compatible edition (which I didn't do and now it's uninstalled).

  • Flaxion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No infected files were found.

  • MadMacs0 Level 5 Level 5 (4,580 points)

    Flaxion wrote:

     

    It's not ISP specific.

    How can you say that? Do you have more than one ISP hooked up to your network.

     

    All of the type of ad you show above, that I'm familiar with, have end up being inserted by one's ISP, either directly or through their DNS service. I would start by giving them a call to assure yourself it's not coming from them.

  • Flaxion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Because I work for my ISP

     

    It was the extension Fast Save for Chrome that made these ads. The solution was to uninstall the extension.

  • MadMacs0 Level 5 Level 5 (4,580 points)

    Flaxion wrote:

     

    It was the extension Fast Save for Chrome that made these ads. The solution was to uninstall the extension.

    Thanks for getting back to us. Good to know.