Incorrect apple home page...?? virus

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JenSom, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. JenSom macrumors newbie

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    Hi all, this is my first post on the forum. I purchased my first mac a few months ago - actually a iMac and a MacBook Pro that I have set up with an Airport Extreme as a home network.

    I upgraded to Leopard a few weeks ago without any major problems.

    Over the weekend I noticed that when I go to the apple site it occasionally loads up the New York Times website and even when the apple site does load up, it no longer has the apple icon at the front of the address. Instead it has the NYT icon. (I haven't worked out how I can attach a picture of the web site to this page)

    Anyway, I was wondering if this is a problem with the apple site (which I doubt) or a problem with my computers (it is happening on both) such as a virus...

    Any advice on what I should do would be great.

    Thanks

    Jen
     
  2. JNB macrumors 604

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    Hmm, New York Times a virus. Somehow, that sounds about right.

    Not a virus, relax. It sounds like a redirect, brought on by a prior visit to the NYT or by clicking through on something. Just another reason to hate the Times... ;)

    Try clearing the cache, and/or hunting down any NT cookies & deleting them. Assuming that Apple isn't your home page, that shouldn't be it, but if it is, make sure that it hasn't been changed.
     
  3. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    Sounds like a DNS mess up i have seen that before. Its probably your ISP.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Does it happen in another browser as well?

    I have to agree with the DNS screw up otherwise.
     
  5. JenSom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks,

    Seems to have worked on the iMac but the MacBook still has the little NYT icon at the beginning of the address rather than the apple.

    I have cleared the cache and deleted all the cookies.
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Here's how to flush your DNS cache in Leopard.
     
  7. JenSom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If it is a "DNS screw up" do I have to do anything or just ignore it??

    I have only tried using Safari - no other browser on the computer at present.

    Thanks for the replies - gotta head to work now but will check up again later.:)
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It depends on where you're pulling your local cache from (more then likely your ISP) and if it's incorrect.

    I've found OpenDNS is be rather reliable and I recommend it.
     
  9. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    Yeah it could just be the cache. I had this once on leopard already and i thought it was my ISP but its much more likely it was the DNS cache.
     
  10. JenSom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Problem appears to be solved.

    I did the cacheflush thing and it seems to have worked.

    Thanks!!:):)
     
  11. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    The icon in front of the address in the menubar and the bookmarks is a FavIcon file and it is supposed to be provided by the site you are visiting.

    Sometimes a browser caches the wrong FavIcon file with the wrong site; that will persist until you clear the cache. A wong FavIcon is not by itself an indication of DNS trouble or going to the wrong site.
     

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