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  • Linc Davis Level 10 (184,990 points)

    Please read this whole message before doing anything.


    This procedure is a test, not a solution. Don’t be disappointed when you find that nothing has changed after you complete it.


    Step 1


    The purpose of this step is to determine whether the problem is localized to your user account.


    Enable guest logins* and log in as Guest. Don't use the Safari-only “Guest User” login created by “Find My Mac.”


    While logged in as Guest, you won’t have access to any of your personal files or settings. Applications will behave as if you were running them for the first time. Don’t be alarmed by this; it’s normal. If you need any passwords or other personal data in order to complete the test, memorize, print, or write them down before you begin.


    Test while logged in as Guest. Same problem?


    After testing, log out of the guest account and, in your own account, disable it if you wish. Any files you created in the guest account will be deleted automatically when you log out of it.


    *Note: If you’ve activated “Find My Mac” or FileVault, then you can’t enable the Guest account. The “Guest User” login created by “Find My Mac” is not the same. Create a new account in which to test, and delete it, including its home folder, after testing.


    Step 2


    The purpose of this step is to determine whether the problem is caused by third-party system modifications that load automatically at startup or login, or by a peripheral device.


    Disconnect all wired peripherals except those needed for the test, and remove all aftermarket expansion cards. Boot in safe mode and log in to the account with the problem. Note: If FileVault is enabled, or if a firmware password is set, or if the boot volume is a software RAID, you can’t do this. Ask for further instructions.


    Safe mode is much slower to boot and run than normal, and some things won’t work at all, including sound output and Wi-Fi on certain iMacs.  The next normal boot may also be somewhat slow.


    The login screen appears even if you usually log in automatically. You must know your login password in order to log in. If you’ve forgotten the password, you will need to reset it before you begin.


    Test while in safe mode. Same problem?


    After testing, reboot as usual (i.e., not in safe mode) and verify that you still have the problem. Post the results of steps 1 and 2.

  • Sandekum Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Linc,


    I have been using mac since few months.. And I am not much in to MAC. I have always worked on windows.


    So I have few queries here....


    1. There is already a Guest user created on my system. How do I determine if it is created by “Find My Mac.

    2. How do I see if I have activated “Find My Mac” or FileVault

    3. How do I Boot in Safe mode...

    4. How Do I check these  -

                   FileVault is enabled, or

                   if a firmware password is set, or

                   if the boot volume is a software RAID


    Sorry for the trouble... I am not much used to Mac...



  • Linc Davis Level 10 (184,990 points)

    1. If you activated "Find My Mac," that's what it is.

    2. If you don't know, you didn't.

    3. See the link in my last post.

    4. Just try to boot in safe mode.

  • Sandekum Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Linc...


    Have tried these...


    Guest user in Safe mode - The pages are autodirected


    Admin in Safe mode  - The issue exists


    The problem is not user specific..



  • Linc Davis Level 10 (184,990 points)

    Boot into Recovery mode. From the OS X Utilities screen, select Get Help Online. A clean copy of Safari will launch. No plugins, such as Flash, will be available. While in Recovery, you'll have no access to your saved bookmarks or passwords, so make a note of those before you begin, if they're needed for the test.


    Test. After testing, reboot as usual and post the results.

  • Ruslan Abuzant Level 1 (0 points)



    The domain '' belongs to me, it is my domain name, and It is being heavily advertised online using lots of campaigns with many advertisement networks.


    As a website owner making money from such domain, I hate knowing it is so annoying for users specially that it is popping up as you say everywhere. This was not the deal with the companies where I buy traffic, so I am interested to help.


    I have read this complete thread, and I personally have no idea how it is popping up in facebook or youtube as I do not think such websites do popups at all.


    Logically, there are two three ways you can reach the domain '', and I have clearly displayed that in the header after reading this thread, those are:


    1- You directly enter the domain name in your address bar.

    2- You directly enter a domain name in your address bar which is parked using the service.

    3- Your computer is infected with some malware or other crappy software that is causing the issue. Some advertisement networks will pop things up from toolbars, helper objects and so on.


    What made me register and post here is to simply clarify that the website was not made to annoy people, neither It is supposed to act like this at all.


    I am not a Mac specialist, so I doubt I can offer you any technical help on how to get rid of this. But I can see some PROs are following and I am sure they will offer you the desired attention and assistance.


    Good luck

  • Sandekum Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Linc,


    Tried in recovery mode. Your tube is not opening since flash is not available. But tried and other site called



    a new window was opend with


    Unable to understand, which application is causing the issue. I have not installed any new applications. Is there any way to find what all applications are installed recently with date.


    Else I only update Flash and Java in my system.



  • Linc Davis Level 10 (184,990 points)

    The cause of the problem is external to your computer. It's not DNS, because your DNS results are valid. Do you have any way to connect to another network, such as a mobile hotspot?

  • Sandekum Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Linc,


    I can connect from my mobile through Personal hotspot... Have 3G.... Let me check that and get back to you...




  • Sandekum Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Ruslan,


    Not sure what to say here... I understand your part...

    I could not find this problem elsewhere... So I guess, I must have used some application which was infected....I somehow feel it should be the Flash which I had installed. Any sites which use flash directs me to your page.... And almost all sites use flash nowadays...

    Let me see if I could  find the source of the problem then  solution will be easy.




  • manimurugan Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem as mentioned by you, Many websites including and youtube is getting redirected to "".

    I don't have the solution yet, but i guess it is not an issue with the mac because my mac,iPhone,win8 ultra-book, and windows 7 desktop all have the same problem so a malware or virus is not causing the problem.

  • Sandekum Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi mani,


    You are right, the issue seems to be not in Mac or safari... Its looks like the websites which use flash are having problem..


    In Yahoo also, I get to see the Mails, but the frames where Ads are shown, I see the parking page.. Looks like the Flash update had some malaware or something....

    Anyways, lets keep trying to find the source.



  • andyBall_uk Level 7 (20,490 points)

    Hi Sandy


    Regardless of what you've done before, you should try different dns settings, as Carolyn Samit suggested in the third reply you received here... since on say I can recreate the  problem, simply by using the same DNS as you do.


    Although the results of network utility showed dns working correctly for one site you mentioned a problem with, if there are any requests for content from, they are actually sent to  the wrong place.


    Your ISP may have recommended DNS servers noted on their website, or you could contact them & ask... meantime I'd test using google .


    Open System Preferences - Network - Advanced - DNS then note the existing number(s) there & remove them.

    Now add google's, on two lines - which are and

    click OK, click Apply, and test.

  • Sandekum Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Andy...


    Will try it today and update...



  • Ruslan Abuzant Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello again,


    This is starting to get interesting for me.

    As I mentioned before, I own the domain.


    In that domain's footer line, it says a service of menaDNS, which is another free DNs service being (in development) by our company, Splash Technologies as it appears on both domaion records.


    Now, if you're lucky to get a view of the domain which is still being developed and prepared to the public, you will notice that we state that particular IP --which I also noticed now in the previous message-- as a node of our DNS SaaS service.


    Yes, our DNS blocks ads, that is one of many services we will try to offer in the MENA area.

    We offer the DNS for free just as many other known names do in our area, and we grab the something called the NXDOMAIN hit which is an estimated 6.7% of all queries to a landing page where we monetize traffic.


    Can that be any more clear? I mean, as a business concept?

    I personally, and my company, are not here to cheat/scam/steal anything from anybody. And I have no idea how that DNS IP address got to that particular user's MAC machine, which makes it all over all, an interesting issue -- Unless of course, he did it himself, and for that he made me reveal a whole story about a business being built for a particular internet segment.


    We never announced those IP's to anybody but to our close friends and some PR agencies, advertisement networks where we have ads ready to get served, and so on. It is all a BETA platform, and it is already being abused by someone.


    I am not so sure all about it, just though to share a few words!

    Best regards \ Ruslan


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