That sort of thing is a "feature" on some sites. A crappy one, but completely normal on certain sites.
However, if you are seeing this on every site, including sites that should not include such a "feature" (such as this one), that means that code is being injected into legit sites at some point in the chain. This could be due to adware installed on your computer, or it could be coming from somewhere external. For example, some providers of free wifi have been known to inject their own code into every web page that gets loaded, in order to display their own ads on all sites and get paid for providing free wifi.
For some tests, to determine where the problem is coming from, and some solutions, see:
Thanks! I have Ghostery, do I need GlimmerBlocker too? I also have DoNotTrackMe working.
http://www.thesafemac.com/eliminating-browser-redirects-and-advertisements/ is riddled with that aggravating spam / virus, making it hard to click on something without being re-directed to nav-link's advertising. Do you find it when you go to that website?
Going to that site didn't help.
No doubt I caught this virus by accidentally clicking on some ad that seem to litter every freaking site these days while pulling my finger across the touchpad.
It seems arbitrary, but I find it on more and more sites (not Facebook yet).
Any other suggestions? Thanks much!
>>Do you find it when you go to that website?
Have you tried setting Safari - Preferences - Extensions to Off then testing a few websites... ?
If that makes a difference - you may be able to replace one at a time until the cause is found.
Failing that - test in a new or Guest user account to see if the problem is system-wide.
when I followed some of the directions on the The Safe Mac site for Eliminating Browser Redirects and Advertising, got a "client log" coming up...when I followed it, it was full of gibberish like this, below....anyone know what it means? the NSA tracking me? or nav-link? or ?
Profiler - ThinkScriptIndicator.paintInternalArea: 985 / 391 = 2.52 in (2 [2-2-3] 11)
Profiler - ThinkScriptIndicator.updateData(): 62 / 43 = 1.44 in (0 [0-0-6] 13)
Profiler - ThinkScriptIndicator.updateData.nano(): 59,335,000 / 43 = 1,379,884 in (89,305 [96,114-110,923-6,227,231] 14,272,914)
Profiler - Utils.prepareDateLabel: 22 / 1338 = 0.02 in (0 [0-0-0] 1)
Profiler - VolumeIndicator.paintInternalArea: 402 / 391 = 1.03 in (0 [1-1-1] 6)
Profiler - XAxis.calculateLabels.part: 1,470 / 391 = 3.76 in (2 [3-4-4] 9)
Profiler - getBeanInfo(c): 25 / 7 = 3.57 in (1 [1-1-3] 16)
Profiler - new BufferedImage: 59 / 1565 = 0.04 in (0 [0-0-0] 11)
Profiler - onBasePlotsUpdated: 5 / 15 = 0.33 in (0 [0-0-1] 3)
Profiler - parse&compile: 369 / 3 = 123 are 11 15 345
07.10.13 07:05:04 DEBUG net.RequestDispatcher - [0.0s 57b 58b] in Request to FeedFilter.ping() from net.WeblogicServerTimer resulted with 1381154704006
That site definitely should not have such ads. (I can say that definitively, since I'm the owner of that site and have written everything there, and do not use ads of any kind there.) That rules out site-specific issues. Note that you should still be able to scroll through that page and read everything even if you can't rely on finding all the legit links. Most of the links in that document just go to other sections of that document, so you don't really need to click on links for the most part.
The first thing I would suggest checking, though, would be your browser extensions. If you're using Chrome, choose Chrome -> Preferences, then in the preferences page that loads, click the Extensions link in the lefthand column. What extensions are shown there?
when I followed some of the directions on the The Safe Mac site for Eliminating Browser Redirects and Advertising, got a "client log" coming up...
There aren't any steps there that involve looking at log files... where did you see this log? Did you find it when looking in one of the internet plug-ins folders? Was the file name "client.log," or was it something else?
I turned off extentions in Safari...instant help there.
The Safe Mac website and xfinity.net, where my email is on Comcast's website still have the **** nav-link all over it even after I installed glimmerblocker. Likewise many other websites.
I don't understand how to create a Guest User account.
I may restart my computer.
Very much obliged.
This isn't malwre. At most, it may be some kind of adware that only a few anti-virus programs consider to be malware. As such, chances are poor that using anti-virus software will solve the problem.
You really need to systemmatically go through all the tests described in Eliminating browser redirects and advertisements, and try all relevant solutions. What are your answers to the three questions in that document involving tests that you need to run?
All known Mac adware will install components into one of the places described in the "Browser plug-in issues" section of Eliminating browser redirects and advertisements. If you need help sifting through those folders, post a list of their contents here. (You can select all the files, copy and then paste into a message here to paste in a list of file names and paths.)
>>I don't understand how to create a Guest User account.
Check as a Guest - if you see no ads there, the problem must be due to an extension, plug-in, or something... in your usual account.