Why I love the Mac.. [ErrorSafe ads still appearing]

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  1. Poff macrumors 65816

    Poff

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    I realize this might be in the wrong forum, if so please move it. I just thought the people interested in Mac basics might find this interesting, and I couldn't find a better place to put it..

    I'm browsing Macrumors forums right now, and nothing else, on a XP PC with Internet Explorer. Suddenly the forum window minimizes, and I get a message box:
    When clicking cancel, an internet explorer window resizes itself to be big and takes me to the ErrorSafe webpage, and I have to battle through a few dialog-boxes before it lets me go. Fortunately, Internet Explorer prevents what I suspect is a load of pop-ups.

    ..somehow I don't think this would ever happen on my Mac.

    I'll leave an attachment for the norwegian-speaking of you.
     

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  2. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    I don't know how users can put up with Windows. It boggles my mind.

    I recently had to service a Parallels Windows installation (yeech) and mucking through the system preferences was an exercise in frustration. Each change required an "Apply" which is so dumb. Macs make that whole process so easy and painless.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I do love my mac but I'll admit I've always been really ok with windows, I just prefer to work in the mac environment. At work, I am tied to windows because that is all they let us have! And we're still on Win 2k...which I find super stable.
     
  4. Greebazoid macrumors regular

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    I had that crap on my Windows 2003 server a while back - it was up todate with service packs and all was healthy till it somehow got adware and trojans

    I eventually gave up trying to clean it, and am rebuilding it with Suse Linux.

    Windows products good for games and nothing else.
     
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Same here, I just can not stand to use Windows. :D :)
     
  6. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm amazed that anyone still uses IE in this day and age. FireFox is the way to go, no matter what OS you use.
    You're just asking for it if you use Internet Explorer.
     
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    True, using Internet Exploder is practically like asking for trouble. :D
     
  8. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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  9. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

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    Oh, that's what it was. I've been using it to pick the mud from underneath my boots.
     
  10. arn macrumors god

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    this shouldn't be happening. not sure where it's coming from. I'll look into it some more...

    arn
     
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, to be honest, browsing in Windows in Firefox is slightly uglier than it is on a Mac, but otherwise not so bad.
     
  12. Kolind macrumors regular

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    First of all I'd just start using Firefox instead of IE (and OS X instead of Windows :D ), and second of all - don't press cancel in these cases, just close the window with the red X. What looks like a cancel-button is just a part of an image which links to the website.

    I'd also run a virus/malware check after having been lured to any of those sites.

    I can recommend the free online always up-to-date check at http://housecall65.trendmicro.com
     
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Now just replace that Dell hardware with a Mac and you're set! See? Only minor changes! :D
     
  14. vouder17 macrumors 6502a

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    You are not going to believe this...it just happened on my Mac..Yes Mac OS X. Nothing windows...pure mac, not even intel. All of a sudden this error safe thing pops up and starts doing all funky stuffs. Gorsh, is this the beginning of the end...:eek:
     
  15. MrSmith macrumors 68040

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    Firefox is better than Safari? Why?
     
  16. Poff thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Naaah! You're pulling my leg! :D

    Really?? :confused:

    I thought it was a windows-only thing. I'm at work and have to use IE. :(
    It happened again right now, btw. I was on the frontpage and clicked MacBytes "Huge Interest In New iPod - Apple" transporting me to the forum, and then ErrorSafe came up.

    When I did the same thing trying to recreate the above, nothing unusual happened.

    Btw. Thanks for moving the post
     
  17. seanf macrumors 6502

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    It's a Javascript advert, why would it be Windows only?

    Sean :)
     
  18. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    It's a pop-up. It's not *doing* anything besides popping up on a Mac (whereas it might try to install spyware / adware / malware on a PC). But some advertisers have been exploiting flaws in the way the browser environment is designed in order to bypass pop-up blockers. The most popular one is to embed the pop-up in a Flash object... I *think* that the latest Flash that was released a couple of months ago addresses this, but I'm not 100% sure.
     
  19. Poff thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Doesn't seem to be a pop-up, rather a dialog box. It just hi-jacked Firefox on my Mac when browsing the forums. Seems to have a connection to this page : http://great4mac.com/store.html as the ErrorSafe page sent me to the great4mac page after I was done clicking all that stuff, without clicking anything. Seems pithelmet on Safari immobilizes the script.

    I wish there was an option in Firefox to see how it actually happens. I'll attach how it looks, it's not a pop-up.
     

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  20. arn macrumors god

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    What country are people in that are getting this problem?

    And it is when browsing the forums -- correct? (http://forums.macrumors.com), not the main site?

    arn
     
  21. redeye be macrumors 65816

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    Just got one smacked in the face
    belgium here, and it was surfing the forums (actually trying to load the next page of "new posts")
    The url when clicking next page is something ... well see pic
    The page does not load any further unless you click one of the buttons...

    Good luck.

    pic should be up soon
    http://mr.yuru.be/pics/errorsafe.png
     
  22. cc bcc macrumors 6502

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    I just got an Errorsafe ad, I'm in the Netherlands. I was browsing the forums.

    I hope you can fix this, it's pretty annoying.
     
  23. Poff thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm from Norway. Got several browsing the forums. Never in Safari w/Pithelmet, though. Got one clicking a macbytes-article from the front-page, but that takes you to the forum, so I guess it had to do with the forum.
     
  24. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    If you're familiar with Windows a degree of common sense would have prevented the clicking on that window, since the entire 'window' is an image with a link. Safari vs IE? A useless browser or an insecure brower - take your pick, or use Firefox. However, I have to agree that out of the box, the Mac caters for the clueless better than Windows.
     
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