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So I've had my MBP for about a month now with Snow Leopard and tend to use both Safari and Firefox. Recently, I was on Firefox checking out a few blogs and all of a sudden got a pop-up. I closed the pop-up box and received another pop-up box. I ended up just quitting Firefox and everything was back to normal.

My question is, has anyone else experienced this while using Firefox on a Mac? The reason I switched to Mac from PC was to get away from these issues. I may just use Safari all the time now.

I also cleared the history and cookies of Firefox. But do you think I should reformat my entire MBP just to be on the safe side?
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Wow..all this for a pop-up?? You might want to start by installing the Adblock and Flashblock extentions in Firefox. Also, ensure that you have the "Block pop-ups" set in the Firefox configuration.

With these steps, you'll find Firefox is perfectly fine..

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G'day and welcome to the Forums.

As Raz0rEdge points out you do need to control the preferences of your browser/s. If you go into Firefox Preferences > Content and select the Block Pop Up Windows button sure you will have no further problems.

With this selected have never experienced a Pop Up.
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Thanks for the response guys. In my Firefox preferences the "Block Pop-up Windows" is actually selected, which is why I was very surprised by when I received the pop-up. I'll try those Firefox extensions and see if they work.
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Clean the cache as it is possible you may have picked this up before the block was selected. Ad-Block Plus is also a good free program if you still have problems.

http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Interne...ock-Plus.shtml
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^Thanks for that resource. I'll defintely check it out.

On another note, how concerned should I be about pop-ups on a Mac? Keep in mind, I've only had my MBP for about a month and my assumption has always been that you could never receive pop-ups, spyware, or viruses on a Mac.
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Pop-ups != virus/malware/trojans and so on. Many websites have legitimate pop-ups that are no cause for concern and these websites don't care if you're on a Mac or Windows or Linux machine..

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On a Mac, pop-ups are just ads. Nothing more.

Safari (and Firefox) try to block them, but of course the determined advertisers/malicious virus writers are always trying to find ways around that.

You've already received several recommendations for Firefox, and here's one for Safari (which I happen to like better): Safari Adblock (not to be confused with SafariBlock). It's (obviously) based on Firefox's add-on. I find it works very well.

That plus ClickToFlash and your entire surfing experience is REMARKABLY improved.
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