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    Browser windows open unexpectedly--malware?
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    Hello.

    Would you be able to help me figure out how to get rid of some sort of malicious bug in my MacBook?

    When I have FireFox open, without my knowledge additional windows will open in the background, usually with articles, advertisements, and sometimes videos.

    I always close them, but others will pop up later.

    I've run Sophos and MacScan. MacScan found 9 tracking cookies, which it deleted.

    I thought maybe my problems might have been connected with HotSpot Shield, which I had downloaded a couple of months ago. I deleted it using Amnesia.

    Still having the problems, however...

    I would appreciate any suggestions.

    Thanks!

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    Some sites have this.... especially porn sites, and gambling sites.
    This has nothing to do with Malware, etc.

    The best you can do to minimise this behaviour is in firefox preferences, make sure that in content, you have block pop up windows checked.

    Also, install adblock plus while you are at it. http://adblockplus.org/en/

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    Thanks, 6string. This puts my mind at ease

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    Can you use the console to check for anything suspicious? I am in the same position, but the same advice hasn't fixed matters.

    Also, which plist files should be deleted for this issue, as per this thread?

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    Hi. It's still happening. Pop-ups are disabled on FireFox and Safari, AdBlockerPlus is (and has been for a long time) installed, the Sophos and MacScans don't show anything, I read all the posts on malware, I read the sticky on troubleshooting Macs, I ran disk utility, I zapped the PRAM, I deleted my caches, I checked my files in single user mode, I made sure the firewall was on, I deleted all my cookies, I turned on stealth mode, etc.

    I don't visit porn sites or gambling sites.

    The latest browser window to pop up had this URL:
    Movies | Reviews | Movie Times | Hollywood News | Hollywood.com

    I've had this MacBook for over four years and have never had anything like this happen before. Now it happens all the time.

    I do use a P2P network (Vuze). I do also travel a lot and often use public wi-fi networks. I also plug my computer into my work's network.

    Thanks again for your help.

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    ekandre, we might have the same problem.

    When I clicked the "post reply" button on this thread, it opened a popup with Google Analytics then this webpage.

    ClamXav hasn't detected anything on my system either.

    ekandre, does the same thing happen in both Firefox and Safari?
    Can you run a google webpage search, then click "Maps" and search for the same thing? Do the "next" buttons work in Google search results? (Yes, no and no in my case.)

    We might have a common problem, so a common solution.

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    Have you tried deleting Safari and re-installing it? Or are you on the most current version of Safari?

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    That shouldn't work (Adium developers say replacing the *.app file is a waste of time), but it does. Or it seems to, in my recent browsing. Both Safari and Firefox.

    @ekandre: try that too.

    Thanks

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    Have you tried emptying caches and deleting history of where you have been?
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    @ManofWar did my suggestion work?

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    If you are using Firefox try downloading and installing this add-on called Yes popups 0.9.8b. Sounds counter productive but I haven't had a single popup that has gotten past it. Unless I want it to.
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    @CrimsonRequiem what is the description of Yes popups?

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    @roflitskyle:
    Better, but not perfect.

    Fixed, apparently: I can navigate google. Next/Previous buttons is search pages; change from a webpage straight to map search.

    Not fixed: Random background popups (also when double clicking on some words); some google search results link to ads/link farms - at least in Firefox.

    I did clear cache before, I'll clear again.

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    Yes, it was happening in both Safari and Firefox.

    I deleted and reinstalled both programs, cleared my caches, deleted all history, and installed Add Blocker Plus Pop Up Addon.

    It seems to be fine now.

    Thanks again for the suggestions.

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