Web page keeps opening itself randomly

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cwood, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. cwood macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2015
    Recently - last two or three months - a new tab will open randomly and it's always for ebay.com (the sign in page, Chrome automatically fills in my username and password). The view switches to the new tab.

    It got to the point where it was opening a new tab every couple minutes. I have avast (free) and Adware Medic. I've run scans of both and the problem diminishes but never goes away.
    Today I've run both and it doesn't seem to help anymore.

    It's not from hitting a random combination of keys as it happens when I'm only reading. It doesn't help to restart the browser or reboot the system.

    It's happened four times while writing this grrr :mad:

    What could be the cause of the same webpage opening itself so randomly?

  2. bits macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2015
    Hm, installed extension to web browser? This is probably the most possible.

    If something want to control your computer, it should be in:
    System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Privacy -> Accessibility

    You can check Services:
    System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Services

    Other app? System Preferences -> Users & Groups -> Login Items
    Maybe you have installed something strange in:
  3. cwood thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2015
    Thanks for your reply but I didn't find anything questionable.

    I do not have an option for "Accessibility" under privacy.

    Nothing unusual under keyboard shortcuts, Login Items or Library/LaunchAgents.
  4. bits macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2015
    I have this option in OS X 10.10.2

    Try to disable all browser extensions. You can close all other apps (avast and adware medic too), if it still opens ebay, search for some active process in Activity Monitor. Energy tab shows not hidden apps, but maybe you have some hidden process that you can find in CPU tab. You can quit almost all apps from Energy tab.

    The worst solution is to reinstall the system, but certainly it can be found.

    Maybe something will show in Activity Monitor when ebay opens? After close all other apps (don't forget to close all menu bar apps), will be easier to find it. For example in CPU tab, select sort by "% CPU", it should show in top 10 when opens.
  5. Android300zx macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2012
    Does it do this in Safari as well? Try uninstalling Chrome and then re-install it.
  6. cwood thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2015
    Not sure if issue resolved..

    But it hasn't happened in a few days. Issue doesn't occur in Safari so re-installing Chrome may have fixed it.

  7. cwood thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2015
  8. padapada macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2010

    Yesterday my father had Ventir (described on thesafemac.com) on his MBA. May not be the same, but we reinstalled Mavericks. Better safe then sorry. He had a process called macmin and would get Google search results with MacKeeper and MacMall.
    Hope he learned his lesson...
  9. cwood thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2015
    Not infected with Ventir

    Also looked in Processes and no 'macmin' process listed.

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