Visiting 9to5mac = pop ups

adam9c1

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Visiting 9to5mac on Safari loads tons of “flash update” etc

Malwarebytes scan is clean.
Cleared web history
No extensions
No profiles

Ideas?
 

niji

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10.14.6

Visiting 9to5mac on Safari loads tons of “flash update” etc

Malwarebytes scan is clean.
Cleared web history
No extensions
No profiles

Ideas?
there are only 2 windows which can not be prevented at 9to5mac:
1 Allow Notifications Y/N (this has always been the case and not new that this pops up)
2 Cookies Notification (this has been added within a few days ago; i presume in response to Europe's requirement)

on my machine/macOS i get no other pop ups on that site, and even these don't appear a 2nd time, except if you have cleared yr cookies/history in the interim.

you can control the pop up related info you allow in Safari/Settings for this website
and also check it via Safari/Preferences/Websites

at 9to5mac, i never get a window asking me to download flash or to update it.
and of course, i don't have flash installed on my machine.
 
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adam9c1

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The issue is back.

I've cleared history from last hour and removed all cookies from this computer.

I'll load 9to5mac.com and let the page sit, and on it's own it loads a page for some stupid flash update or whatever other junk.

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are a few examples.
I'll have the page loaded and within moments get this.

I've even installed adblock plus to see if that would help with any but no.

I don't have any profiles installed on the computer.

Thoughts?
 
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avz

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I loaded 9to5mac.com in Safari 9.1.3(Mavericks) without any pop-ups. What gives?

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adam9c1

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Update:

I cleared DNS cache on the device in question and the same continues.
I then disconnected this computer from my home network and used a hotspot. No issues.

I'm beginning to think it's cached DNS information on my router.

I'm not experiencing any other malware like issues on other machines or other web sites.
 

Fishrrman

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I just loaded "9to5mac.com" and let it sit for a little while.
I received no "flash player update" message.

Do you actually have Flash installed?
(I do)

If you have it installed, do this:
Open system preferences -- Flash Player
Go to the updates pane
Click "check now"
What result do you get?

Something else I would recommend (just something to try):
Download "Cookie" -- it's free to use for 15 days.
Install it and set it up
Set it up to delete ALL website data from your browser each time you quit
- tracking cookies
- non-favorites
- cache
- history
- favicons
- webpage previews
- form values
- downloads
- website preferences

See if this can get rid of the phony update message.
 
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