Odd cursor

Discussion in 'macOS' started by rye9, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. rye9 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2005
    New York (not NYC)
    Ok so while on Mapquest and Facebook today, Safari was acting very slow... I even had to Force Quit it once or twice because it stalled. Also, when on Facebook, a cursor appeared that I've never seen before. To the lower right of the arrow appeared a blue ball, like the BMW logo, but instead of blue and white, dark blue and light blue. Does anyone know why this is or has anyone seen it? I tried searching, but no luck... I'm afraid it's a virus or something...
  2. tsice19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2008
    I noticed this today as well. They probably changed it with one of the releases. Safari doesn't crash enough for me to know, however.
  3. glasserp macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2008
    Wow, how strange. I noticed this cursor thing as well while on facebook. Safari was acting normal and responsive, but that was the first and only time I have seen it.
  4. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030


    Apr 19, 2008
    Pandora, Home Tree
    A note, some sites have their own cursers. I had one that had a tail of stars attached to it, and when you went to the site, your regular curser was replaced with it.
  5. retroneo macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2005
    i just googled facebook blue cursor and this thread came up....

    i notice it when i'm at work, never at home
  6. loft3 macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2006
    I just started getting this blue ball icon today on Facebook as well. Is there a fix for it?
  7. mediumofmeaning macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2007
  8. jfong425 macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2008
    i got the blue ball cursor as well. I can't click on peoples profile for facebook. its not my laptop because when I switch to firefox it works fine. I'm gonna swing by the apple store tomorrow and see what they can do.
  9. jfong425 macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2008

    I went to the apple store and the guy there told me to reset my safari. Do this by going to Safari>Reset Safari...>make sure all is checked

    Then voila! fixed!
  10. glasserp macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2008
    you seriously went to the apple store for a 'cursor issue'?
  11. jfong425 macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2008
    i was gonna be there regardless of the issue. plus the apple store is 10 minutes away from my house.
  12. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
  13. Sirobin macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2008

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  14. Wayfarer macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2007
    Right on!

    Is there ANYONE out there that can explain what that odd cursor is all about. :confused:
  15. johnruizii macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2008
    blue ball with mouse

    i had the same problem today, anyone figure out the cause, i was watching a movie online and then it happened, but it only happened when i was looking at my yahoo mail? Virus maybe? Spyware?
  16. johnruizii macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2008
    anyone know the cause? Or even better the solution to get rid of it. It only occurs in safari in my yahoo mail.
  17. johnruizii macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2008
    should i re-install osx to remove it? Im scared it is a virus or something of that nature.:(
  18. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    I know in Facebook it's definitely there to tell you went something is loading (for example, if you click on a link to 'comment' or 'like' something, or when you try to open Notifications or Chat before it's finished loading), it does it on both my Macs (and did it on my MBP when it was straight out of the box, so it's clearly nothing malicious). It's just the 'waiting'/'loading' cursor associated with that particular website.

    What more then likely happened was you started watching the movie before everything on the webpage had loaded, which would have resulted in that cursor appearing until the page had completely finished loading. Reinstalling OS X won't do anything, it'll just happen again next time you do whatever you did - as I said above it's just the cursor associated with that website.

    Plus there currently isn't any viruses for Macs.
  19. deannnnn macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    I've seen it on Facebook, too! But nowhere else... Strange.
    It only appears sometimes though. It's not a consistent thing.
  20. johnruizii macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2008
    thanks for the piece of mind, i was worried someone was able to see inside of my mail box or something like that. Is there any known way to stop this from happening though? Did i download this certain cursor by accident? if i did, cant i just delete the file? sorry for all the questions, i just dont like having something on my computer that i didnt put there.
  21. johnruizii macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2008
    If it is associated with yahoo mail, why doesnt the same cursor show up when i use firefox?
  22. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Guys, stop panicking...

    This is the "wait" cursor that Apple's JAVA implementation uses in certain situations.

    Go to the Dell site and do some custom computer configs... you'll see this cursor a lot.

    No virus. No Safari resets. No fix required.
  23. jla930 macrumors member

    May 11, 2009
    Western PA
    Absolutely right. Good call, xraydoc.
  24. drakeshipway macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2008
    Oakville, Ontario
    Just got this today, I can't sign into facebook :( Haha
  25. bradenwh macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2008
    Oh my goodness people.
    IT'S NOT MALICIOUS. It's the waiting cursor telling you to stop doing so much fracking clicking while the page is trying to load.
    You didn't download anything, you can't remove it, it's not spyware or malware. It's a feature. Calm down.

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