6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 9, 2014 2:07 PM by hammondB
leahdr Level 1 (0 points)

These past few days, my browser couldnt connect to its default search engine which is, Google. Every time i'm searching or typing in my address bar, it would go directly to "api my browser bar" thing.


I tried booting my Mac in safe mode just to see if everything works fine. After booting in safe mode, i shut it down and rebooted in normal mode. Now my Mac couldnt connect to the wifi. And it couldnt search for different wifis around.


Im not sure if the "api my browser bar" is the cause of myproblem.


Please help me. Thank you.

MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • CMCSK Level 6 (10,717 points)

    Disconnect all peripherals from your computer.


    Boot from your install disc & run Repair Disk from the utility menu. To use the Install Mac OS X disc, insert the disc, and restart your computer while holding down the C key as it starts up.

    Select your language.

    Once on the desktop, select Utility in the menu bar.

    Select Disk Utility.


    Select the disk or volume in the list of disks and volumes, and then click First Aid.

    Click Repair Disk.

    Restart your computer when done.


    Repair permissions after you reach the desktop-http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2963 and restart your computer.


    If that does not work.....

    First contact your ISP.  You need to confirm that the issue is not on their end.


    Change your router channel.  Sometimes this is all you will have to do.


    Power cycling the router.  Read the router's user manual or contact their tech support for instructions.


    System Preferences/Internet & Network/Network

    Unlock the padlock

    Locations:  Automatic

    Highlight Airport

    Click the Assist Me button

    In the popup window click the Diagnostic button.


    System Preferences/Network- Unlock padlock.  Highlight Airport.  Network Name-select your name.  Click on the Advanced button.  Airport/Preferred Networks-delete all that is not your network.

    Place a check mark next to "Remember networks this computer has joined."  Click the OK button and lock the padlock.  Restart your computer.



    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1920 Mac OS: How to release and renew a DHCP lease



    No internet connection (wireless)

    Check to see if an extra entry is present in the DNS Tab for your wireless connection (System Preferences/Network/Airport/Advanced/DNS).

    Delete all extra entries that you find.

    Place a check mark next to "Remember networks this computer has joined."



    Other resources to check into:

    Troubleshooting Wi-Fi issues in OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6


    Configuring 802.1X in Mac OS X Lion and Later


    Non-responsive DNS server or invalid DNS configuration can cause long delay before webpages load




    How to diagnose and resolve Wi-Fi slow-downs


    Pv6 troubleshooting


    Mac OS X 10.6 Help:  Solving problems with connecting to the Internet



    What Affects Wireless Internet?


    Solutions for connecting to the Internet, setting up a small network, and troubleshooting



    If using one of Apple's Airport routers, read its user manual or post in its forum area.

    If using a 3rd party router, read its user manual, contact their tech support department/website or post in its forum area.



    Another possible solution - read mammothsuziq response https://discussions.apple.com/message/22082360#22082360


















  • hammondB Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey, did you ever get your api problem straightened out?  I think I have something similar, it's not taking me to the browser bar and I can still browse but something added an extra homepage as yahoo for me plus some ebay and amazon buttons on my browser.  When a site was taking time to load the myapibrowserbar thing flashed across the web adress slot but nothing ever loaded.


    Using google chrome when I make new tabs there is now a strange gold icon on the tabs.  I've read this could be a virus or malware that does things to your browser that boosts hits on unwanted sites, while acting as a trojan for other things that can plunge into your system.  All removal advice I've found pertains to PCs though.  Please let me know if you found a solution and I will do the same.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 (30,727 points)

    something added an extra homepage as yahoo for me plus some ebay and amazon buttons on my browser.


    These are symptoms of the Spigot adware. To remove it, see the Spigot removal section of my Adware Removal Guide.


    You probably installed it after installing something from Download.com. You should avoid that site. See Boycott CNET’s Download.com. You should also avoid Softonic, which has been doing something similar with different adware. See Continue to boycott Softonic.

  • hammondB Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok I scrapped some spigot stuff out of my library last night, was still bugging me cause the gold thing on my chrome tabs was still there after a reboot.  I'll look closer tonight and follow those links, thank you I appreciate the help

  • thomas_r. Level 7 (30,727 points)

    The Chrome issue may be separate. It's not uncommon for someone who has installed adware by downloading from bad sites to have installed more than one.


    Check to see what Chrome extensions are installed, and see if anything matches any of the adware in my Adware Removal Guide. (That guide will tell you how to find your Chrome extensions.) If you don't find any matches, let me know what you do see.

  • hammondB Level 1 (0 points)

    There were a couple extensions that were similar, one of them had the logo that was showing up on my tabs.  I removed all from the library and extensions for chrome and safari, hopefully they didn't sneak in any other stuff in the process.. but that seems to be it.  Many thanks for the help!