Page in Firefox looked like source code. I'm worried.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by LPPU, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. LPPU macrumors newbie

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    I was looking at the wikipedia page for Scribd

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scribd

    I right clicked the link to Scrib towards the bottom of the page and opened it in a new tab. What opened up looked like the source code for a webpage. After that happened I don't remember if I refreshed the page or got there by going to Google and typing in Scrib and clicking the link, but the page appeared to be normal then.

    This worries me though because I recall one of the symptoms for the few Mac trojans being your webpage would be redirected. And before going the Wikipedia route I was on these 2 pages and I sort of got this weird vibe:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/55697/501-Writing-Prompts

    http://www.scribd.com/papersue

    And to add further to my paranoia, when I was using iAntivirus this last time it may have scanned fewer files than it did the time before. And I didn't delete anything.
     
  2. zeemeerman2 macrumors 6502

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    Feb 21, 2010
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    I can't seem to get the Source files you describe.

    Also, to open the source of the page you've opened, in Firefox, press Cmd-U.

    Cmd-U and Cmd-T are quite near each other, only to be separated by the Y-button. Maybe you mistake it with that?

    Now about new tabs in Firefox:
    - Tabs opened with Cmd-T will become active directly from the moment you press the shortcut key. Also, clicking the +-sign on the tab bar will provoke that.
    - Tabs opened from Cmd-clicking a link won't become active directly. You will stay on the page you're reading and can click the tab (or switch with Control-Tab, as Command-Tab does with applications) at any time, when you want to start reading the tab.

    Hope this helps. Don't worry. :)
     
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

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    Nothing to worry about. The browser offers a way to view the source code and you must have accidentally engaged it. I don't see anything in your description that sounds malicious or even suspicious.
     

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