Weird sound commercial running in the background of Leopard!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dvwood7, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. dvwood7 macrumors newbie

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    Hey,

    After surfing some random websites (not porn!) and quitted my browser, all of the sudden i got this audio/sound commercial in the background, coming from freaking NOWHERE!! i tried googling the problem but i cant find anything. This was SUPER annoying as i dont understand whats been installed on my computer wihtout my permission. Its some annoying sound of a commercial... I rebooted to see if it was gone, but it was there right when the OS launched...

    Anyone got any clues to how to solve this problem, and remove this annoying thing??

    i would really appreciate it!
    thanks
    dave
     
  2. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

    MacsRgr8

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    Have you started up "Activity Monitor (in /Apps/Utilities/) to try to find out which process has started?
    Remember to select "All Processes" from the pull down menu.
     
  3. r0k macrumors 68040

    r0k

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    What did it sound like? What browser were you using? Did it only happen once? Can you make it happen again by visiting the same web site(s)? I have never seen this sort of thing in Leopard and can only suspect you visited a site that started some quicktime player going and when you closed (Safari?) it left the audio playback running until the end of the file and then stopped.

    To avoid even the merest possibility of this sort of thing happening, run Firefox with noscript, flashblock and adblock. Firefox with noscript, flashblock and adblock is the minimum reasonable configuration to avoid annoying popups, popunders, and unexpected sounds coming from your machine when you least expect it. Yes, you will have to click "allow" on sites you want to visit. I have gotten in the habit of clicking "temporarily allow all on this page". Then you will have to click play on flash animations you really want to see. You will be surprised how few of those there really are. Lastly, with adblock, all those annoying moving banners and cockroaches that run across your screen to get you to some texas hold em game or hotel in vegas simply don't appear any more.
     
  4. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000

    ltldrummerboy

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    Go to Accounts in system preferences and check your startup items under your account. See if there's anything you don't recognize.
     
  5. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    This may surprise you, but...

    I have heard computer speakers pick up AM radio transmissions. I recall one time sitting in a quite house and hearing a faint voice. After looking everywhere, we determined the computer speakers were picking up a pastor's sermon on some AM station.

    So, listen carefully to what you are hearing to see if it is something that is repeating, or it sounds like something from a radio station.
     

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