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jakemullin Level 1 Level 1

I have noticed that a program called "AdChoices" has been collecting my personal browsing data and displaying a huge amount of ads that are 'relevant' to me. I never installed this program; I do not trust it, and I do not want it on my computer. Does anyone know how to remove it?


MacBook Pro with Retina display, iOS 6.1.4
Reply by dallegri on Nov 9, 2013 1:20 PM Helpful

In Safari:

  1. I first selected with the mouse the double-underlined green text.
  2. Right-click of the mouse and selected Inspect Element. This gave me a clue of what is the address I want to get rid of. For instance for AdChoices link I found a reference to http://images.intellitxt.com/...
  3. On a Terminal I ran

 

sudo vi /etc/hosts

 

to edit the file hosts as root user.

 

At the end of the file I added

 

0.0.0.0 images.intellitxt.com

 

Saved the file and quit. That's it. Just refresh your web page and the links should be gone.

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  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.safari
    Safari

    CAN I OPT OUT OF INTEREST-BASED ADVERTISING?


    Yes. The AdChoices program is all about giving you information and control so that you can make informed choices about the interest-based advertising you receive online. The AdChoices Icon—whether in an advertisement or on Web pages—gives you access to consumer choice mechanisms where you may, at any time, opt out of the interest-based advertising that you receive from participating companies.

     

    From here >   Your AdChoices - How interest based advertising finds you

     

     

    message edited by:  cs

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.applications
    Applications

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  • John.A Level 1 Level 1

    I have this problem too on my MacBook. I have FF23, Flash Player 11.8, Safari 6.0.5. The problem occurs BOTH in Firefox AND Safari. These appear as double-underlined green text. Putting the cursor over the text sometimes produces a pop-up for NAV-LINKS (the link for endlessmatches.com goes to NAV-LINKS). Other times it produces a pop-up for ADCHOICES (see gray text in upper left corner of screen shot). Clicking on the opt-out button at NAV-LINKS is useless. The hassle of opting out at ADCHOICES is mind-boggling.

    In Firefox I have tried setting AdBlockPlus to reject all ads, even non-intrusive ones. This has had no effect. In Firefox I have also disabled all extensions. This has had no effect either.

    I have tried all the advice I can find online so far (use AdBlockPlus, disable extensions, etc.). Nothing's working. AND this exists cross-browser, in FF and Safari. So it must exist somewhere else. Any ideas or information appreciated.

     

     

    Screen Shot 2013-08-09 at 10.46.29 PM.png

     

     

    Screen Shot 2013-08-09 at 11.10.33 PM.png

  • dallegri Level 1 Level 1

    In Safari:

    1. I first selected with the mouse the double-underlined green text.
    2. Right-click of the mouse and selected Inspect Element. This gave me a clue of what is the address I want to get rid of. For instance for AdChoices link I found a reference to http://images.intellitxt.com/...
    3. On a Terminal I ran

     

    sudo vi /etc/hosts

     

    to edit the file hosts as root user.

     

    At the end of the file I added

     

    0.0.0.0 images.intellitxt.com

     

    Saved the file and quit. That's it. Just refresh your web page and the links should be gone.

  • 1992Comm Level 1 Level 1

    This worked like a charm!  Thanks!

  • mcpeck Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks, worked great!  Cleaned up Safari and Firefox.

  • mjdoran10 Level 1 Level 1

    Can you explain how you found the adchoice link

  • bhrangerfan0809 Level 1 Level 1

    I'm having the same problem and I don't know how to fix it. I've seen practically all of the responses that have worked for other people, but they don't seem to work for me. I tried looking at the extensions tab (where some people said intext-nav or some other extension was that shouldn't be there) but I have nothing in my extensions tab. Can somebody please help me?

  • mjdoran10 Level 1 Level 1

    I called Apple support and they told me it was a virus and I had to wipe my whole computer and reinstall the operating system.  It fixed the problem for me

  • bhrangerfan0809 Level 1 Level 1

    I clicked on the "opt out" option and immediately quit Safari and reopened it and no longer see any green text. I think this may have fixed it.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    What "opt out" option did you click on?

     

    Note that you may have adware or some other problem, and that this may not have done anything to fix that. See my Adware Removal Guide.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    mjdoran10 wrote:

     

    I called Apple support and they told me it was a virus and I had to wipe my whole computer and reinstall the operating system.  It fixed the problem for me

     

    That would fix the problem, but this isn't actually a virus, and that solution would have been overkill.

  • willp0wer Level 1 Level 1

    I was able to get rid of this pesky thing by trashing the following folder:

     

    /Library/Application Support/VSearch

     

    Just use Finder to go here & drag the entire folder to the trash. Then restart your computer to complete the process. Hope this works for everyone else.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    willp0wer wrote:

     

    I was able to get rid of this pesky thing by trashing the following folder:

     

    If you had that folder, deleting it by itself isn't enough. You need to follow the instructions here:

     

    http://www.thesafemac.com/arg-downlite/

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