Help: My Chrome Browser has some sort of virus

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by NJRonbo, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    In all my years as a Mac user I have never had virus issues.

    However, something very funky is going on with my Chrome browser specifically (and not on Safari).

    Any site I go to, I immediately get an interruption from another page that intercepts and gives me some bogus "contest" offer or that I am invited to take a special survey.

    When I go to my Chase Bank page to log in, an similar interception takes place saying there has been some "data breach" and I should sign up for a free credit report.

    All bogus crap.

    Just wondering how the browser got affected, how I can identify the problem and get rid of it.

    Would just deleting Chrome and reinstalling it do the trick?

    Thank in advance for the help.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You don't have a virus, as no OS X viruses exist in the wild. You may have some adware that you installed along with another app. If so, it can be removed by using this tool: AdwareMedic
  3. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007

    My God! That worked.

    Thank you so very much. You have no idea how appreciative I am.
  4. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Wow, I tried that app and it found something. Apparently it slipped through when doing something with Firefox, which I hardly ever use. Amazing, I thought I was uber vigilant but these dudes are way cleverer.

    Thanks for the tip.

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