OS X Browser Hijack?

Discussion in 'OS X' started by hinkbot, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I just noticed on my macbook that when I get Page Not Found, the browser redirects to some random website.

    according to the website, some of the urls are:
    wbr40.com
    foxic.net

    the stuff i seem to find on the internet to remove this deal only with Windows. How do I got about removing this Hijacker?

    I have Parallels installed on the computer, but haven't used in a while. Could that be part of the problem?

    Please help!!
     
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    Aniej

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    i actually don't have an answer, but just am a bit surprised. if I have this right, you're saying when you get a website that will not open for some reason, you are automatically sent to one of the sites you listed above? are these working active sites and what is their point, are they selling something? how about blocking those sites so that they don't open up either; if you are only getting there because you have a page that won't load, what's the harm in the second result being, well a page that won't load?
     
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    bearbo

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    what browser are you using?
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    the problem occurrs in both firefox and safari.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i don't wan't to click around on the sites, but they appear to be some sort of fake portal page that will most likely link to some porn page. In fact, some of the hijacks are for porn.

    I am worried that something else is running besides this.
     
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    bearbo

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    the worrys are understandable... that sounds like adware or other melware... try some anti-virus app to see if those would help, i m sure there's more than norton out there that's for mac, i just dont know any
     
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    Nermal

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    Open up Terminal and type "cat /etc/hosts" then paste the results back here.
     
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    Aniej

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    wait did you say porn???? can you forward me those sites please, ummm errr clearly as a means to help resolve your problem.:rolleyes:
     
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ##
    # Host Database
    #
    # localhost is used to configure the loopback interface
    # when the system is booting. Do not change this entry.
    ##
    127.0.0.1 localhost
    255.255.255.255 broadcasthost
    ::1 localhost
     
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well, it appears that I have resolved the issue, and it turns out to be something totally unrelated to malware. The macbook connected to a different wireless network in my apartment building. i am not sure how exactly that happened, but switching it back to my router has appeared to resolve the problem.

    Strange.
     

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