WTF spyware/cookies?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by ismus, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. ismus, Dec 10, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 10, 2011

    ismus macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2011
    Okay, so I use littlesnitch to monitor ingoing/outgoing connections.

    How come when I connect to firefox I see this (i use only private browsing, delete cookies, etc.) before I do anything else....

    ClamXav doesn't pick this up...



  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It's not malware. It's most likely advertising on a site you're trying to visit, or it could be related to a Firefox plugin.
  3. ismus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2011
    Yeah, alright, I'll buy that.

    Gotta look into how these work.

    Think the godaddy is related to NoScript, dunno about the NYT
  4. wolvie2k macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2011
    Can you check your bookmarks and see if there's any RSS feed that's coming from nytimes?

    Also from a quick Google search, ocsp is related to an Online Certificate Status Protocol. My guess is that maybe Firefox was trying to verify a certificate when a connection to an SSL protected site was attempted.
  5. LauraF8 macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2012
    spyware in code

    I recently obtained a website via vistaprint. It states I have spyware on my safari browser. Any suggestions for removing spyware from my macbookpro? Does mackeeper do this?:cool:
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    There is no spyware in the wild that runs on Mac OS X. You don't need any 3rd party antivirus app to keep your Mac malware-free. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 10 years ago. You cannot infect your Mac simply by visiting a website, unzipping a file, opening an email attachment or joining a network. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which cannot infect your Mac unless you actively install them, and they can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
    You don't need MacKeeper or any other "cleaner" or "maintenance" apps to keep your Mac running well, and some of these apps can do more harm than good. Some remove files/folders or unused languages or architectures, which does nothing more than free up some drive space, with the risk of deleting something important in the process.

    These apps will not make your Mac run faster or more efficiently, since having stuff stored on a drive does not impact performance, unless you're running out of drive space. Some of these apps delete caches, which can hurt performance, rather than help it, since more system resources are used and performance suffers while each cache is being rebuilt.

    Many of these tasks should only be done selectively to troubleshoot specific problems, not en masse as routine maintenance.

    Mac OS X does a good job of taking care of itself, without the need for 3rd party software. Among other things, it has its own maintenance scripts that run silently in the background on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, without user intervention.


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