6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 20, 2013 8:31 AM by maxval
JR Photo Level 1 (0 points)

As I surf the net any page I stop on had Hyper links on random words that are link to take some ******** survey and win an IPad. the link pop up all over every page. I had this issue with Firefox and reset it and it was fixed, not the same with Safari. Here is a screen caputre on the Apple support page. As you can see the word 'Detail' down the bottom left is a link and if you rollover and hold this ad pops up or if you click you are take to a survey.

Any ideas?


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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • andyBall_uk Level 7 (20,490 points)

    This can be a Safari extension adding the links - Turn them off  in Safari-Preferences-Extensions & try some more web pages. If that helps, and you've more than one extension, re-enable them one at a time to find out which one's doing this, or post the names here & it might be obvious.

  • maxval Level 1 (5 points)



    I had the same problem today.


    I noticed that something was wrong when the BBC and UK Border Force were putting 50 Years Old Dating and loose weight ad's on their websites. I thought they must be desesperate for money if they were doing that. Then I realised that even Yahoo! had the same ad's so it must be a virus or something.


    Anyway I disabled the extentions in preferences and is all sorted, but I'm still pretty worried that some programs might still be installed doing nasty stuff to my mac.


    Sophos Antivirus didn't solve the problem.


    Thanks for your advise. 

  • andyBall_uk Level 7 (20,490 points)

    >>I'm still pretty worried that some programs might still be installed...


    If all you had done was open a Safari Extension (.safariextz) file - they have limited access & removing it should be enough. Sometimes, they're bundled with & installed alongside other software, in which case that installer could have added something else.


    maxval & JR Photo - did you see what extensions caused this for you ?

  • maxval Level 1 (5 points)

    No I didn't. But everything seems to be OK now. So I hope it wasn't anything serious.

  • seventy one Level 6 (12,630 points)

    If it is of any help, the BBC can now use advertising in most overseas television broadcasts and that would almost certainly include those on-line.   So any thought that it may indicate the presence of a virus is incorrect.

  • maxval Level 1 (5 points)

    Dude but is 50 Years Old Dating... I don't think the BBC would go for that XD Also I am living in the UK at the moment.