Snow Leopard malware, Facebook redirects to other sites

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  1. carobrock macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Feel free to respond with "you shouldn't be visiting porn sites", or with something more constructive.

    Whenever I go to Facebook on any browser (FF, Safari, Camino, etc.), it redirects to some other site. Somehow I got malware on my machine.

    So here are my questions:

    1) How does malware do the redirects and where might it be residing?
    2) Has this been an issue on Snow Leopard for anyone else?

    After the first time this happened a couple of weeks ago, I did a clean install and it went away. As of 10 minutes ago, its happening again.

    Please help!
     
  2. zoziw macrumors member

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    About a month ago I posted a link to one of Canada's major national newspaper's website's on Reddit and started getting comments complaining the site was re-directing them (these came from both mac and pc users).

    We think the problem was caused by one of the ads on the site as it only happened sporadically.

    I don't use Facebook so I am not sure if there are ads on it, but if there are it might be one of those that is redirecting you.
     
  3. skp574 macrumors 6502

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    Could be your DNS cache has been poisened in some way.

    Have a look in this file: /private/etc/hosts and see if there are any entries in there that is directing www.facebook.com to an IP address.

    That might be a good starting points.

    You can always run from Terminal the command

    dscacheutil -flushcache

    That will clear the local DNS lookup cache on your computer.
     
  4. tooz macrumors 6502

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    next time, run Linux in a VM (i.e. Virtualbox) for all your porn. That way, there is no threat to your main system :cool:
     
  5. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    To be more constructive: You should try to meet girls/boys in the real world.

    About your computer related problem: That kind of redirection is unlikely to be caused by malware on your computer, but by something that is going wrong on the actual site you are visiting.
     
  6. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    More likely to be your DNS server has been hacked. You could try using the OpenDNS servers and see if the problem is resolved.
     
  7. TheKnifeFight macrumors member

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    The problem isn't the computer, it's your router! I had the same issue and I'm guessing you're running a Linksys (Cisco) router. In order to resolve it, you're going to have to use a different firmware like WRT-DD.

    Hope that helps!
     
  8. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

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