How to stop background popups in Safari?

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  1. 2012Tony2012 macrumors 6502a

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    So often I visit websites and have many popup windows in the background appear, many with inappropriate content in them....any way to stop this happening? Could it malware on my Mac causing it to occur?
     
  2. simonsi macrumors 601

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    1. Install the adblock extension for Safari
    2. Only visit better sites ;-)
     
  3. 2012Tony2012 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Some of the websites I visit, still have windows flash/popup in the background, even after installing adblock extension for Safari. :mad:
     
  4. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Then you may have some adware that you have installed, possibly inadvertently as part of a software install that didn't come from an official site....

    Try ClamXav or Adwaremedic
     
  5. alan63 macrumors newbie

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    Adblock Safari is sometime a colander...
     
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    Adblock would also make one particular site, for me, grind to a halt when initially loading.

    Switched to Adguard. Running better on site above, and in general, but it too let's stuff through on occasion. So, one needs to diligent and add their own filters.
     
  8. 2012Tony2012 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Seeing some background pages load anyway, even with Adguard etc....what is the solution to 100% stop ALL background pages/popups from occurring?
     
  9. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Check you Safari plugins and extensions. You may have inadvertently loaded one or more nasty ones.
     
  10. w0lf macrumors 65816

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    Try using a different browser.
     
  11. 2012Tony2012 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Tried Firefox, Chrome and same thing :mad:

    Any solution for this????:(
     
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  13. 2012Tony2012 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Checked for adware, and mac is clean...yet popups still pop up when visiting certain websites .. any other ideas?
     
  14. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Amend your hosts file to reflect the few sites you are having a problem with. That should solve the problem.
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Pop ups can occur when visiting sites, whether you have adware or not.
    You can install some ad-blockers, but none of them will eliminate 100% of pop-up ads.
     
  16. 2012Tony2012 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not possible because I never know what websites are doing it and there are dozens and dozens who do it. For example, I visit a credible adult website, then click on a few pictures, that in turn opens up more webpages, then I click on a few more links/pictures and all of a sudden many windows pops up in background that are not appropriate pages that many times contain inappropriate content that I do not want to see or asked to see.

    Surely there must be a browser and/or fix for this to stop this happening?

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    How are these web page developers bypassing popup blockers? And surely there must be a solution to stop them all 100%? What code/script etc are these web page developers using to cause these popups to popup?
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The only solution that is 100% effective is to never visit websites. No software is 100% perfect, so no ad-blocker or popup blocker will be 100% effective on all sites.
     
  18. 2012Tony2012 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Amazing :( Must be very nasty/clever web developers to be able to do this and unable to stop them.
     
  19. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Most of those that I have seen are using Javascript to shoot out those popups. You can just turn of Javascript in your browser, but that often breaks the very site you want to use. You can try something like the extension Javascript blocker that can whitelist and blacklist Javascript on a per site basis.
     
  20. Flint Ironstag macrumors 6502a

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    I run a Kerio firewall at the house. Very effective in blocking ads and pop ups.
     
  21. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

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    Did you think that maybe a site that would do that isn't a "credible" site?
     
  22. 2012Tony2012 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Any updates on this issue...? Any way to 100% block ALL background popups that occur?
     
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    You can try using Barracuda or something like it. That is a lot of money though, and may block you from the sites you want, in process of doing its job.

    Software or extension wise, nothing is going to be 100% every time on every site. Your best bet, is to take Weasel's advice or stay off adult sites that don't care about posting content that can mess up your computer.
     
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    This.
     

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