Browser Redirecting - possible hijack

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by boomercates, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. boomercates macrumors newbie

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    hey guys...
    just bought a new used macbook...and when I open google in Safari it redirects me to another random site...not sure what is going on here...
    but after i search, and click a link which i searched, thats when it re-directs me. in a new window, but i noticed if i close that window and click the same link, it takes me to the correct site, most of the time? anybody know what may be going on? and how to fix this problem? :apple:
     
  2. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    What's the site it's directing you to? That would be a massive help...
     
  3. boomercates thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i just ran ianti-virus

    hey guys i just ran ianti-virus and it picked up 3 trojans

    Trojan.OSX.DNSChanger.B in Library/Receipts/install.pkg/Contents/Resources/preupgrade

    Trojan.OSX.DNSChanger.B in Library/Receipts/install.pkg/Contents/Resources/preinstall

    Trojan.OSX.DNSChanger.B in Library/Internet Plug-ins/Quicktime
    .xpt

    hopefully this will fix my problem...i will let you all know?!
     
  4. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    Those look like ones that would redirect sites... let us know if removing them fixes the problem!
     
  5. boomercates thread starter macrumors newbie

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  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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  8. Xenophon macrumors regular

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    So far for the often heard and broad ranging statement that virus/trojan/malware protection on a mac is totally superfluous.....

    I agree that the user brought it on himself b/c at some stage the admin passwd was entered to install the 'codec' but still....

    I thought this was a computer forum, not the website of the iranian moral police. As long as the content is not illegal, everyone does what he/she wants, at least last time I checked.
     
  9. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    If you had read the link I provided it clearly states that the Trojan is found on sites hosting pornographic video. Read before you get all up in arms about people suggesting ways to keep your machine safe. In addition, you nicely took my statement out of context. Any porn site that requires you to install a mystery codec isn't even a reputable porn site.

     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It is.
    Exactly.

    No AntiVirus app offers protection against a user doing stupid things with their computer. If a user exercises a modicum of common sense, AV protection on a Mac is a waste of space and system resources.
    It's perfectly legal for anyone to download and install software from less than reputable sites, as porn sites are well known to be. It's also quite predictable that someone is asking for trouble when they do so. It has nothing to do with whether porn is bad or not. It's about being foolish enough to trust porn sites as a source for reliable software.
     
  11. npropes macrumors member

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    When buying a used computer, even if the previous owner has reinstalled the OS, I'd definitely do it again myself to make sure its clean.
     

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