Security Issue, Possible Malware??

Discussion in 'macOS' started by shah1, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. shah1 macrumors member

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    Hi guys,

    I've been using my Macbook Air late 2010 for some time and it's still running on snow leopard. Now I've got the pop up blocker clicked in the safari preferences. However I have recently downloaded some torrents, now on a few occasions I have clicked on to websites and have noticed that pop-up ads have appeared in a separate window, usually gambling site ads etc. Do I have any kind of malware? I have run Clamxav but it has come back with nothing!!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What kind of torrents? Apps? I strongly recommend you never install pirated apps, as they can contain malware. Also, be aware that Safari's pop-up blocker doesn't stop all pop-ups. Make sure you have Java disabled in Safari preferences, until you visit a trusted site that requires it. Also, use one or more ad-blockers to stop pop-ups. There are more security tips in the following link:

    Mac Virus/Malware FAQ
     
  3. shah1 thread starter macrumors member

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    It was music and a couple of movies.. And what other pop-up blockers would you recommend? I've just installed AdBlock extension. But are there any others?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's highly unlikely you'll get malware from music or movies. I run several ad-blockers. ClickToFlash, Safari AdBlock, GlimmerBlocker and JavaScript Blocker are just a few.
     
  5. shah1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay thanks, will try adding these and seeing if it helps.
     

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