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    Jan 27, 2012
    Hello everyone,

    Quick question regarding something I encountered last night. I was typing in a channel address for Youtube and pressed enter to take me to the page. I instead was taken to what looked like an ad, featuring the youtube logo, but clearly not an official ad of any kind. My friend who was with me said I probably had Malware on my iMac. I've scanned with Clamxav and it found nothing, but then that's an antivirus...any suggestions to see what on earth it was I stumbled upon?


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    Oct 01, 2007
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    It's unlikely to be anything sinister.

    Can you recreate the problem?
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    Lifeisabeach's Avatar
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    Sep 30, 2007
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    You don't necessarily have malware, although there are a couple that do DNS re-routing. It's possible your router may be what's compromised, or even your ISP's DNS server.

    You can change the DNS settings on your Mac and/or on your router to the ones for OpenDNS if you like. Their servers are:

    You'll have to resort to your router's documentation on how to change the DNS server to the custom one. For on your Mac.. do a Google search for: How To Change DNS Settings Mac

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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