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Kaiwenhrt98 Level 1 (0 points)

Whenever i try to load a safari page blocked by government filters (china), it always shows a blank screen instead of failed to load page...


This happened when i installed AVG linkscanner and SOPHOS AV...


but after unistallation, it returns to normal. After a while when a few computer issues mounted up i installed avast! AV, the white screen issue is back!!!


Please help i like to know if my page doesnt load


Note: this can happen to google as well

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,431 points)

    Remove all that useless "anti-virus" software according to the developer's instructions.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 (30,717 points)

    That's very odd. Did you try with just Sophos installed, or only with both AVG and Sophos? The free version of Sophos does not include any kind of link scanner or other browser plug-ins that would cause such issues. It's very odd that this is happening with multiple anti-virus programs to begin with, but if it's happening with something like Sophos that shouldn't change browser behavior, there's likely to be a problem of some kind elsewhere.


    Regarding the need for anti-virus software... for the most part, the average Mac user doesn't need any. Mac OS X protects against all currently-known malware. However, you're in China, and that changes things a bit. Certain groups in China have been heavily targeted by malware in the last couple years, and even if you're not part of one of those groups, you could still become "collateral damage." Because of the increased exposure you may have, it's probably a good idea to have some kind of anti-virus software installed as an additional layer of security. I'm sure some folks would disagree, saying that if some malware can slip past the built-in defenses in Mac OS X, it will slip past anti-virus software as well. That's not a universal truth, though... different detection methods can have different levels of success for specific malware. The holes in one layer of defense may (or may not) be covered by a different layer.


    For more information about this sort of stuff, see my Mac Malware Guide.

  • Kaiwenhrt98 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had installed Link scanner since it didnt have one... at the time i had both, so i uninstalled it to see if it fixed the problem, apparently it did... But since i concluded it was AVG's fault, and Sophos has caused bugs, i unistalled both... Later when i installed avast the problem is back

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,365 points)

    You can avoid malware by enabling Gatekeeper on your Mac.


    Open System Preferences > Security & Privacy then select the General tab.


    Make sure either Mac App Store or Mac App Store and identified developers is selected. If that area is grayed out, click the padlock icon to proceed.


    OS X: About Gatekeeper


    Avoid Avast, Norton, MacKeeper........   they will only cause problems for you.

  • macoroni28 Level 1 (5 points)

    You should try downloading google chrome its quick and it refreshes the current tab rather than all so it keeps your laptop quick and clean!

  • Kaiwenhrt98 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't use google chrome for a reason.

  • Kaiwenhrt98 Level 1 (0 points)

    Why i need an Anti virus? because i have the odd feeling someone would hack and lock my internet down, happened before when this guy in my school got annoyed at me, oh yeah, i download a lot of unrecognised applications because i like to customise my mac

  • macoroni28 Level 1 (5 points)

    Maybe you could consider backing up your whole macbook and restoring the whole system for a clean start. There may be some sort of bug or application that is causing your mac to do that. Just an idea you could consider! May be alittle struggle but its worth it!

  • thomas_r. Level 7 (30,717 points)

    i download a lot of unrecognised applications because i like to customise my mac


    That's more likely to be the cause of your problem than any anti-virus software you've got running. You've probably got a bunch of junk software installed that hacks your system, resulting in all manner of potential problems.

  • Kaiwenhrt98 Level 1 (0 points)

    It could be extentions i have in safari, lemme have a login to a diff account. If this doesnt work is there a way to reinstall safari?


    Wait.... nvm im not actually in mainland china atm, i havea short break somewhere in the world, where there is no blocked sites... :| so i cant check

  • Kaiwenhrt98 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have tried to use a different account and loaded a page that failed to load, same issue...


    So its not a user based issue its on a wider scale, can someone please explain how to reinstall safari?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,431 points)

    You don't need to reinstall Safari. You need to get rid of the "anti-virus" software.

  • Kaiwenhrt98 Level 1 (0 points)

    that works, but it doesn't explain why it happened

  • thomas_r. Level 7 (30,717 points)

    Reinstalling Safari isn't going to do you any good. The Safari app isn't the problem.


    Honestly, as I've already said, I think it's very weird that you've gotten the same problem with two different anti-virus apps. When such apps block access to a site, that's not the way it should happen, and the fact that you had the same odd behavior with both suggests to me that there's something else wrong. I think it wouldn't be a bad idea to just erase the hard drive and resintall a fresh system. (See How to reinstall Mac OS X from scratch.)

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