Firefox Redirects from Facebook to ChinaOnTV

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  1. Mary H macrumors regular

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    Firefox 3.5.7 updated to latest version
    iMac 5,1: 2.16 Ghz Intle Core Duo
    Mac OS X V. 10.4.11

    Usually this happens from Facebook but I think it may have happened from other sites as well. I go away from the computer for a while and come back to discover that my Facebook page has automatically transferred to a new site, usually but not always, ChinaOnTV.com which seems to be a video channel of some sort.

    This is getting frustrating and I am wondering if anyone can help me as to how I can stop this redirecting.

    I do not click on anything. As far as I know, I have never clicked on any of these sites I am being redirected to.


    Thanks, Mary
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Have you tried clearing your cache?

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. Mary H thread starter macrumors regular

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    I used to be a PC user till a few years ago and so am not sure how to do clean up on the Mac. Tell me how to do it and I will have it done promptly.

    Thanks,
    Mary
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Firefox Menu -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Network

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  5. jc1350 macrumors 6502a

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    I had a problem where all the computers in my house would redirect from facebook to myspace. The problem was with my router's DNS. The only way to avoid it was to not use the router's DHCP since it added itself as the primary DNS to any DHCP client. The router is the Linksys WRT160N Version 3.

    there's a thread at the Linksys forums where many people state having the same problem.

    I set up my mac mini to be a DNS and DHCP server and I have not had that problem since.

    Yours may not be this problem, but just letting you know that as bizarre as it may seem, it could be your router (something most don't think of checking).
     
  6. Mary H thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have cleared the cache so we shall see.

    I have an Airport Extreme router so hopefully it is not the problem.

    Thanks, Mary
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Please let us know what happens for future users who may have this problem

    Thanks!

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  8. Jazwire macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like adware.
    Have you downloaded and free games, toolbars or anything ?

    How it works is companies, yes even on mac, release these free enticing programs, and hidden in the fine print of terms and conditions of the program. You allow them to redirect your browser to their ad server for use of the program for "free".

    Then someone buys the keyword or domain name. I.E "facebook" and now everytime you type that search term in or type in a url someone paid for you see there ad or site.

    One of the big ones is trafficvance, aka gamevance, and others...

    Try:
    http://macscan.securemac.com/
     

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