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IpadinParadise Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

I was just now browsing thru the User Tips on this site.  Went into "Harden Your Mac Against Malware".  Was reading thru the spot where it talked about online banking and only do that with funds you could afford to lose.  There was a link to click, I thought for more information.  I dont normally go around clicking things on the internet but I sure thought I was safe here.   Anyway, I had a screen that said something about german banking and a little popup window that said it was malicious malware and could harm my computer.  Then I could not get out of it, I had to force quit.  I did and yet it came right back up.  The final time I was finally able to get the force quit to take. 

 

Now I am petrified.  Does anybody know why this happened and have I done anything by clicking on that link?


iPad 2, iOS 6
  • 1. Re: Problem when I went into User Tip Here
    IpadinParadise Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Have I done something to offend someone on this site?  I am a new macbook pro owner, have had it 2 weeks.  Was a windows user and so I do seem to have many questions re my MBP.  I thought this site liked to help new mac users but I seem to have a hard time getting my questions answered.  Once they slip to the second page, they are never answered. 

     

    I am very concerned about this Malware Warning popup that I got.  I was in Safari.  And I got it when I clicked on a link here while reading in this site's User Tips.  it was the one called "10,001 Mac Questions" and "Harden Against Malware".  I just dont know if there is a way I can check and make sure I dont have anything malicious on my new Mac now.  I had Webroot Spyware and MS Essentials on my last PC and felt safer with those.

  • 2. Re: Problem when I went into User Tip Here
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    I'll check the two User Tips in question, it wouldn't be the first time one of my links was taken hostage by the site being hijacked or domain changed ownership.

     

    Sorry for any inconvenience, I'll report back my findings as soon as I can.

  • 3. Re: Problem when I went into User Tip Here
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,280 points)

    Restart your Mac, (do not check the "Reopen Windows checkbox).

     

    Start Safari and go to Preferences>Privacy and Remove all Website Data, then go to the extensions page and make sure you recognize everything that is installed there.

     

    It is unlikely that any harm has come to your Mac.

  • 4. Re: Problem when I went into User Tip Here
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    IpadinParadise wrote:

     

    I was just now browsing thru the User Tips on this site.  Went into "Harden Your Mac Against Malware".  Was reading thru the spot where it talked about online banking and only do that with funds you could afford to lose.  There was a link to click, I thought for more information.  I dont normally go around clicking things on the internet but I sure thought I was safe here.   Anyway, I had a screen that said something about german banking and a little popup window that said it was malicious malware and could harm my computer.  Then I could not get out of it, I had to force quit.  I did and yet it came right back up.  The final time I was finally able to get the force quit to take. 

     

    I visitd the site in Safari and got this, it this what you saw?

     

    Screen shot 2013-02-09 at 7.46.07 PM.jpg

     

    Even if you saw something other than this and you Force Quit the browser, then you did the right thing.

     

     

    Read a report from Cisco yesterday that stated malicious advertising and browser iFrame attacks are the two largest malware attack vectors for computer users.

     

    Also supposedly there is a attack going on via the Facebook link in the popups.

     

    I'll keep a eye this site and if I see anything suspicious I'll delete the link, quote the article and notify the website.

     

    Perhaps they caught it now and it's fixed.

     

    Thanks

  • 5. Re: Problem when I went into User Tip Here
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,670 points)

    ds store, greetings:  I got that display via Firefox.  When I went in there a second time it was gone.  I deleted cookies and the third time it was there.

     

    Ciao.

  • 6. Re: Problem when I went into User Tip Here
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    IpadinParadise wrote:

     

    I thought this site liked to help new mac users but I seem to have a hard time getting my questions answered.  Once they slip to the second page, they are never answered. 

     

    The people here answering questions are only other Mac users volunteering their time to do so, we have no set hours or timetable.

     

    The majority are from the United States, so most are online at daylight hours there.

     

    Some of us only work certian forums and stay out of others.

     

    Another Level 6+ alerted me of your post in the special Lounge area where we frequent.

     

     

     

    I'll go check the other User Tip in question.

  • 7. Re: Problem when I went into User Tip Here
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    OGELTHORPE wrote:

     

    ds store, greetings:  I got that display via Firefox.  When I went in there a second time it was gone.  I deleted cookies and the third time it was there.

     

    Ciao.

     

    It's just a site popup, clicking the X to close causes no download to occur or request for a Admin password to install anything.

     

    Far as I can tell it's harmless. But the OP saw something else so I'll keep a eye on it.

  • 8. Re: Problem when I went into User Tip Here
    IpadinParadise Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    I apologize to all of you.  I value your input as you seem like experts.

     

    Dsstore - no that isnt what I got.  I got no web page.  There was one line at the top of screen that said german banking, there may have been a few (very few) more letters with it, no actual other words tho.  In my haste to get off,I cant quote that line exactly.  Then in the middle of the screen there was a box that said “Malware Warning, this site will harm your computer".  But the screen was frozen and wouldnt close.  I did shut down, power up after I force quit.  I cleared History too, dont know if that helped anything.

     

    Csound1 - i will remove all website data but I dont know how to go to the extensions page.

  • 9. Re: Problem when I went into User Tip Here
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    The external links for the User Tip: 10,001 Mac Questions seem to fine, I detect no malicious behavior.

     

    Perhaps if you could be more specific?

     

    Thanks

  • 10. Re: Problem when I went into User Tip Here
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    IpadinParadise wrote:

     

    Then in the middle of the screen there was a box that said “Malware Warning, this site will harm your computer".  But the screen was frozen and wouldnt close.  I did shut down, power up after I force quit.  I cleared History too, dont know if that helped anything.

     

    Well click on it again, does the same thing happen again?

     

    http://www.thelocal.de/national/20120425-42161.html

     

     

    Two of us report this site as exactly as shown, it's the same on my Windows and Linux vm's too. so that's 4 machines.

     

    If it only occurs on your machine, perhaps there is something wrong with it.

     

    Did you or someone else install something?

     

    Perhaps you need to have someone there take a look at the machine, Apple gives 3 months of free support for new hardware purchases, perhaps you should get some one on one appointment time?

  • 11. Re: Problem when I went into User Tip Here
    IpadinParadise Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Hopefully you asked me to be more specific before you saw my last post because I dont know how to be more specific than that, I just saw a blank page, no web page, just the one line at top of screen that said german banking and then the Malware Warning box, it had a red banner at the top of box. 

     

    I also figured out how to find what extensions I have.  I have one "Click Toplugin".  I have not added that myself, I did try unsuccessfully last week to install Adobe Flash Player.  Even had Apple Support line try to help and they couldnt do it either.  I ended up installing Google Chrome for the built in flash and am satisfied with that.  I did the uninstall after Flash install failed, from Adobe's website also.  But I'm thinking that Click ToPlugin may have gotten installed somehow during that process.  That probably did not have anything to do with my ending up on that malicious site but nevertheless, should I delete that Click ToPlugin extension and if so, it has an uninstall by its name (as I look at it in Safari- Preferences - Extensions).  So is that a safe way to uninstall it.  Or do I need it for something?

     

    Thank you very much for trying to help this very non tech newbie.

  • 12. Re: Problem when I went into User Tip Here
    IpadinParadise Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    In clicking on the link above, I get the same normal looking screen from the screenshot above.  I am afraid to go back and try again inside that link in 10,0001 Mac Questions, Harden against Malware.  I know you cant explain why my machine might have gone some strange place that others havnt tho, not questioning that.  Just wanted to know if my MBP might have been attacked by something on that place I visited.

  • 13. Re: Problem when I went into User Tip Here
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,280 points)

    It's in the preferences, two tabs to the riight of the Security Tab (where you were clearing the website data)

  • 14. Re: Problem when I went into User Tip Here
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,280 points)

    If you are concerned about malware, don't install Flash, or Java.

     

    Do you mean ClickToFlash for the plugin?

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