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I've never considered Macs to be immune to attacks, only better prepared and protected. However, for the passed couple of days I've been trying to rid myself of strings of pop-up ads, etc. I use Google Chrome and can't even get the front page to load as it used to. Anyone having the same issues? Anyone have solutions? I have MacKeeper, ClamXav, and Avast! installed and still the problems linger.
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I have MacKeeper, ClamXav, and Avast! installed and still the problems linger.
There's three problems right there. I would uninstall all of them.

If you want more info on this...do a Mac-Forums search...since this has been covered so many times...I get a headache just thinking about it!

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I have MacKeeper, ClamXav, and Avast! installed and still the problems linger.
Yikes!!! Well, for one thing, I would start by uninstalling at least two of those programs. Multiple antivirus programs will gum up your computer more than help it. It's not like if one is good the two is better and so on.

I run google chrome on both my MBP and MB air. I have not had any issues as the ones you are having. I do have chrome, under settings - advanced - privacy, enabled for phishing and malware protection.

I do use sophos antivirus only because I will download stuff for windows machines and use it to scan to avoid getting viruses on my windows machines. This has actually worked well for me.

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Yikes!!!

I do use sophos antivirus only because I will download stuff for windows machines and use it to scan to avoid getting viruses on my windows machines. This has actually worked well for me.

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It should work well for that purpose. Most of the anti virus programs are actually relying on windows based virus definitions IIRC.

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Thanks guys. I've uninstalled the anti-virus programs and as soon as I did that this virus link popped up .... http://rvzr-a.akamaihd.net/. This is one I've been trying to get rid of for the last 2 days!
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Of the three things you mentioned (and not uninstalled)...MacKeeper is the very worst of them!!!

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Remove all extensions from your browser.
You will likely need to reset your home page and the default search engine also.

And need to make sure you are choosing the 'Custom' install whenever you install anything from the web - especially Cnet, Downloads dot com and several others. What did you install a couple days ago and from where?

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Remove all extensions from your browser.
You will likely need to reset your home page and the default search engine also.

And need to make sure you are choosing the 'Custom' install whenever you install anything from the web - especially Cnet, Downloads dot com and several others. What did you install a couple days ago and from where?
I agree. You will need to do the above and uninstall any installs you have done since this problem arrived. ALWAYS custom install programs because the recent trend is to include unwanted toolbars, extensions, adware garbage with the program.

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I downloaded all anti-virus programs from Cnet.com ... MacKeeper a while ago because of its high rating and I was looking for something to use to optimize my iMac. I have now uninstalled all 3 programs after following the advice and comments from you all. That being said, what can I use to help optimize, etc my computer?

Also, this is the window that keeps popping up periodically:
http://rvzr-a.akamaihd.net/sd/dw32.h...sn=&mpa=0&mp=0
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That being said, what can I use to help optimize, etc my computer?
The free maintenance program called "Onyx":

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You got that by downloading from Cnet and then allowing their installer to put adware/malware on your computer because you used the default install instead of the custom install.

You still need to do the following to get rid of the junk Cnet installed on your computer.

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Remove all extensions from your browser.
You will likely need to reset your home page and the default search engine also.

And need to make sure you are choosing the 'Custom' install whenever you install anything from the web - especially Cnet, Downloads dot com and several others. What did you install a couple days ago and from where?

If you don't know how to remove extensions...
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As an aside: Not sure what makes you think MacKeeper has a high rating - besides maybe the ads they pay for everywhere you go on the web with a Mac. There is certainly no long time actively participating member in this forum that has ever given that software a high rating.

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KOKODA,

Bobtomay is right. You need to go into your browser and disable your extensions. Google the website link you have listed and you will see a bunch of listings for how to remove (in windows) the problem. Some of the suggestions will be applicable for browser removal as the settings are the same across OS's. They will also give you an idea of how this adware works.

Oh, and never install from CNET without using custom. That's how you get unwanted stuff. If you choose to run an antivirus, it won't catch toolbars or extensions because they are not considered malware by the scanner.

And Mackeeper sucks, Onyx rulles....just sayin'.

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As an aside: Not sure what makes you think MacKeeper has a high rating - besides maybe the ads they pay for everywhere you go on the web with a Mac. There is certainly no long time actively participating member in this forum that has ever given that software a high rating.
I have seen MacKeeper get high reviews on certain download sites, where they can rig the reviews by having paid shills write them.

From what I've seen recently, MacKeeper isn't as damaging as it once was. It's still mostly redundant to free software that does a better job of what little maintenance is required by OS X, but I don't think its existence alone is enough to cause the kinds of problems the OP is seeing.

With that said, I take issue with any company that advertises in an unscrupulous way - and MacKeeper has a long, sordid history of doing just that. Not to mention that at one time, it wasn't even native code, but some Windows utilities running under WINE.

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