9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 25, 2013 9:19 PM by esfrank
Loren Ryter Level 2 Level 2 (495 points)

Is anyone else seeing a popup on the upper right corner of every page on these ASC forums that says:

 

"Editors Choice: Trouble with Apple-Mac Computers?" and then a link to www.techhelpapps.com and a toll free #?

 

I can't believe apple would allow anything like that.  What could be going on?


Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5), iPhone 5
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (45,360 points)

    Nope, never seen that, but I have notified the Hosts of your post.

  • Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,490 points)

    I'm getting it now that I'm running Mavericks.

     

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  • Loren Ryter Level 2 Level 2 (495 points)

    Hmmm. Thanks, Peggy. I am not on Mavericks on this system. Still on 10.7.5.  And I also notice that the favicon is wrong for the site as well.  Right half is normal grey apple, left half is a green glitchy blob.

  • Loren Ryter Level 2 Level 2 (495 points)

    I'm wondering if it was fed by Glims. Recently updated to 1.x.41. I notice it now includes an option for ads and shopping comparison. That ad had already stopped but I turned it off anyway.  However the favicon glitch remains.

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (53,820 points)

    There shouldn't be anything like that coming from ASC itself so I'd expect a third party browser extention serving you ads. Glims looks a likely suspect...

     

    tt2

  • Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,490 points)

    I didn't realize there was a new preference & I have now turned it off. But that doesn't explain why the ad disappeared last evening & then was back this morning. And it's only this one ad on ASC, none on any other site.

     

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  • Loren Ryter Level 2 Level 2 (495 points)

    I hadn't realized it either until after this "incident" and I went poking around.  It may have been served on some kind of timer, which would explain why it went away without turning off that setting, at least temporarily. Also, that particular ad may have been targetted to Mac help sites or even just this site. I suppose someone could ask the nice folks responsible for Glims.  (While I can't blame them for wanting to make some money from a product they've given away thus far and which is so useful, doing it in such a sneaky way is a bit low.)

     

    Incidentlally, the favicon glitch I described above remains.

  • alburnham Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There is a post mentioning to turn off the "ads/shopping" preference in Safari > Glims. It worked for me and I put it back to check. The default is set to on. I just upgraded to Mavericks.

  • esfrank Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, the suggestion

    alburnham wrote:

     

    turn off the "ads/shopping" preference in Safari > Glims

    is what worked. The "ads/shopping" preference, when enabled, seems to have also resulted in adding a (much more annoying) semitransparent iframe from "offers2U", which is also gone. I just upgraded to Mavericks, and spent three hours trying to find the source of the popups/iframe.