spyware/adware remover

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Arcane86, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. Arcane86 macrumors newbie

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    hey all, im looking for a free adware and or spyware remover for mac's.
    im new to macs so im having a hard time trying to find one. i use lavasoft adware remover for my pc, but i dont remember it being mac friendly. and i also have used search and destroy for my pc... so yea i need some help.
    would like to have these's applications for a "what if" situation does occur. thanks
     
  2. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    There is no spyware or adware. There still aren't any viruses in the wild either, despite what any PC techie might try and tell you.
     
  3. Arcane86 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so how did i get some stupid "party poker" thingy come up when im brousin the web. and yea it happens randomly... and im not one for online casino and junk so i dunno how the heck that even happened
     
  4. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    That's not adware, that's a pop-up/pop-under ad that will disappear once you quit your browser. You can set Safari to block pop-up windows, but there are still a few that manage to sneak by.

    Adware would be a separate program that installs itself, hides on your system and the ads would appear even if you had your browser and all other programs closed. Adware programs don't exist for the Mac.
     
  5. Arcane86 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    oooo okie. so i dont have to worry about anything else? how do i disable pop-ups with safari? ive been using firefox since then and its happened once? but i cant remember if i was on safari or firefox.
     
  6. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    In Safari, it's Safari > Block Pop-up Windows

    You can do the same in Firefox...it's in Firefox > Preferences... > Content
     
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  8. Arcane86 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    oooo thanks. got em both set-up now. :) thanks.
    if it does keep poping up. any suggestions?
     
  9. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    You can also turn on Tabs in Safari, which is handy, and do many other things in Safari -> Preferences

    Ditto for most programs...
     
  10. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    Just close the window using the close button and it should go away. Quit the browser if that doesn't work, but I've never had one that wouldn't go away.
     
  11. dejo Moderator

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    Hunt down the responsible parties and execute them? :D

    Seriously though, the browser manufacturers try to stay on top of these but there are always less-scrupulous advertisers and developers who are finding ways around the blockers. Seems to be a never-ending battle.
     
  12. Arcane86 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yea i know thats a given. but i mean how do i stop it COMPLETELY?
     
  13. Arcane86 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    haha if only, then id have a reason to use my katana besides practice and display lol
     
  14. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    You can't eliminate it 100%, just 99.999%...but as has been mentioned before, it's not going to be as big a problem as before or an problematic as an adware type situation.

    The problem is that pop-up ad coders are always trying to find ways around the blockers built into Safari, Firefox, etc. But that said, now that you've disabled pop-ups, you'll probably only see one or two a week, tops.
     
  15. Arcane86 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    oh okie. well thanks for the info :)
    and since i have no classes 2day youve helped me with my bit of knowledge for the day lol.
     
  16. jtwell2 macrumors newbie

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    google adware infestation???

    hey guys, every time i click a link in google it redirects me to a random site, and ideas what it could be??
    cheers :D
     
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  18. Consultant macrumors G5

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    If some video from questionable sites asks you to install some codecs or any other type of install, don't.

    If you must find codecs or apps, go to apple, macupdate, or versiontracker.
     
  19. jtwell2 macrumors newbie

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    hmmm i dont remember getting codecs from anywhere but the official places tbh ... any other ideas??
     
  20. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    I think jtwell is trying to point out there is a 'trojan' out there that messes with OSX. :rolleyes:
     
  21. jtwell2 macrumors newbie

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    never said anything about a trojan no need to take the piss mate all i asked for is whether anyone knew if there was such a thing, not a smart arse comment >-<
    cheers to those who were constuctive...
     
  22. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    What's with the attitude?

    The poster is trying to tell you that there is a trojan horse program that can change your Hosts information so that links are redirected to adware/spam sites. That trojan is typically delivered inside of a download, which may pretend to be a video codec or some other piece of installable software. So the probability is if your links are being redirected, that you DID download and give permission to install, some manner of trojan horse program.

    Alternatively, your ISP themselves may have their DNS compromised. Try using the OpenDNS DNS servers 208.67.222.222
    208.67.220.220 in your Primary and Alternate Domain Name Server entries in Network System Preferences -- if the problem goes away, contact your ISP and tell them to get themselves fixed.
     

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