Strange popup in Safari as well as firefox on PCMAG.com

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by 435713, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. 435713 macrumors 6502a

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    I was checking some articles on PCmag.com, when I clicked the laptops link to the left and then clicked on "top 10 laptops" which is a little square box near the middle of the viewable part of the page, and then started to scroll down about half way through the article and a little box appeared at the bottom right of the screen that had an article on the new iPad. I clicked more info and a pop up window came up that said

    "http://pcmag.com

    popsup "

    Only option was to click OK, which maybe I shouldn't have done :confused: I tried to make it pop up again and it would not until I reset safari then I could make it re-occur.

    Same thing happened in firefox as well except it was displayed slightly differently.

    Not sure what it is so figured it never hurts to ask. I didn't see anything install or attempt to install. Couldn't find anything searching about the popup.

    Sorry if messy, tried to explain it the best I could.
     
  2. drunkpanda100 macrumors newbie

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  3. kcjames macrumors newbie

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    Same here. Before quitting Safari, I captured this

    [​IMG]
    I'd been reading "Contradicting Earlier Reports, Flashback Malware Infections Still High" ;)
     
  4. AdrianK, Apr 21, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2012

    AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    That's just a stray JavaScript Alert box. The developer of the site was probably using it to test something and forgot to remove it. It's completely harmless. :)

    EDIT: Looks like they were just checking whether an if statement was triggered. I'm sure they'll fix it when they notice it.
    Code:
    function CountCheck() {
        var ccount = GetCookie('zdpops');
        
        if (ccount == null) {
            ccount = 1;
            SetCookie('zdpops', ccount);
            window.open("http://internet.ziffdavis.com/survey/popup.html", "PopUpWindow", "status=off,toolbar=off,location=off,menubar=off,directories=off,resizable=off,scrollbars=off,height=325,width=525");
             [B]alert("popsup");[/B]
        } else {
            ccount++;
            SetCookie('zdpops', ccount);
        }
    }
     
  5. 435713 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I figured it was something harmless. Thanks for checking int that Adrian. I was worried no one else would reply cause it seemed so obscure to post this. Glad people did, and glad it isn't anything. I got my mac on lockdown pretty damn tight, so I couldn't see how anything would slip through, still got to be careful with those popups though.

    That was the popup I was referring to above that KC posted, I need to get a place to store some screenshots.

    Thanks a bunch guys.

    EDIT: LOL KCjames that you were reading about flashback. Go figure right.
     

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