Smartadserver virus!?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ISJB, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. ISJB macrumors member

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    I have a MacBook Pro 10.6.8, suddenly when I tried to access facebook.com I get immediately redirected to smartadsever.com... How can I get rid of this?? I have an "anti-virus" installed called iAntiVirus, and am running a full check of my computer as we speak.

    I've tried googling this and seems like it's a virus?? How can I get rid of it?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    How did you try and access facebook? Try typing https://www.facebook.com into your browser address bar and see if it still happens.
     
  3. ISJB thread starter macrumors member

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    I've tried accessing through a bookmark, if I type the whole thing I still get redirected

    When I clear my history I can access facebook, but if I try it again I'm redirected. Everytime I clear the history I can access facebook, but only once.

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    hmm.. after accessing it through https, facebook asked me if I always wanted to enable a secure connection and now everytime I connect it connects through https and works.. However I guess this thing is still there?
     
  4. ISJB thread starter macrumors member

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    Will I have no further problem with this cookie/virus whatever it was? Would you guys recommend an anti-virus for me?
     
  5. ISJB, Feb 4, 2012
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    ISJB thread starter macrumors member

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    Cookie Tracker?

    So, I got this weird redirects. Whenever I tried to connect to Facebook I'd be redirected to smartadserver.com. After enabling a secure connection to facebook through https and prompting facebook to always connect me through https the problem was gone.

    Now I tried connecting to facebook and got the message 404 - Not Found. And asking something about a certificate (pic attached). Using Safari, not Firefox

    I also tried to connect through Chrome. When connecting normally (http) it would only result in a 404 - Not Found, when doing so securely however (https) the following message pops up (attached). I, of course, chose back away so I don't know where it'd redirect me to..

    What does this even mean? I'm sure it's the facebook site and not a fraudulent link. I tried manually typing it, going through a bookmark and googling facebook and clicking the link, all to no avail.

    I don't even know what may have caused this in the first place since I haven't downloaded anything but Unity Web Player which is, as far as I know, safe.
     

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  6. kpgh554 macrumors regular

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    If go safari prefs go privacy you can look through see what cookies been loaded and remove the ones not want. or do like i do remove all as when go back to site they will be replaced .then make sure third party cookies blocked.then restart safari and try again
     
  7. tug macrumors 6502

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    you don't need any anti virus software for a mac.
     
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  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Check your DNS settings by reading: Why am I being redirected to other sites?
    It's not a virus. You don't need any 3rd party antivirus app to keep your Mac malware-free. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 10 years ago. You cannot infect your Mac simply by visiting a website, unzipping a file, opening an email attachment or joining a network. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which cannot infect your Mac unless you actively install them, and they can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.

    I highly recommend you uninstall iAntiVirus, as it has a bogus malware definitions list, making their detection accuracy untrustworthy. They also make inaccurate claims about the existence of Mac malware, in order to hype the need for their product. This post will give details.

    The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
     
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