What's the deal with downloads without permission

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Peter Franks, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Peter Franks macrumors 65816

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    Hi Guys

    Just a quick one... was on a news site that I go to every day, and first time this happened the download box popped up and started downloading something without me touching anything. Never happened before and I go there every day. I tried to view it, and it was a text box 'unknown' document with GIF89a......; in it. I know it says GIF but it wasn't a pic of any kind just a text file? But why would it start the downloader unless I've tried to download something myself? Has that happened to anyone else?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    They're known as "drive-by" downloads. Make sure "Open "safe" files after downloading" is not checked in your Safari Preferences, and simply delete any file that downloads without your express permission.
     
  3. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you, It wasn't checked, same as iTunes opening when clicking on apple pages when you just want to view the App info only.
     

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