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Romadoc
06-08-2007, 05:10
I'm getting a lot of supposedly legit anti-spy junk on my relatively new (2 months old) Imac. It says it has noticed a lot of porn sites placing cookies on my set. The only site not 100% free I go to might be Limewire. However, I thought Apple was immune to this type of garbage. Today's message even had the Firefox symbol to lend authenticity. Also, I'm getting a lot of back door adds and messaging when I leave a site. Any suggestions as to anti-spy or anti-cookie stuff that will work with an Apple Imac?

Washington,D.C.
06-08-2007, 06:20
You can set Firefox to not save cookies. You can set it to not accept cookies but some sites may not work for you then.

Washington,D.C.
06-08-2007, 06:21
You are using OSX? Or do you mean you are running Windows on your Imac?

Romadoc
06-08-2007, 08:21
I'm using OS-X with FireFox as preferred browser.

FThorn
06-08-2007, 08:33
Wow, that is odd.
Cookies are not spyware, per se. What are you running to detect/report these cookies?
What imac are you using? What OS X version?

Romadoc
06-08-2007, 09:39
I'm using a 20" Imac purchased new in April. Additionally, now on restart, it says I need to replace battery. What is going on here. In 10 years with a Dell 4100, I never had these problems.

FThorn
06-08-2007, 10:31
Since you purchased it new in April, it's still under warranty. Take it to an Apple Store and have them look at it.

One of these three should be close to you:
http://www.apple.com/retail/northpoint/week/20070603.html
http://www.apple.com/retail/lenoxsquare/week/20070603.html
http://www.apple.com/retail/perimeter/week/20070603.html

You can schedule an appointment with their "Genius" to look it over. Write down all the questions you have about it and go over them with the Genius.

Here are the links to schedule time with the Genius, in the same order as above.

http://concierge.apple.com/store/R080
http://concierge.apple.com/store/R006
http://concierge.apple.com/store/R184

Did you really buy it new or was it a 'refreshed' item in the store? At times they appear to be the same, but refreshed are cheaper. (That's what I bought)

You did not answer my question, though regarding how it is you detected or what it was that reported that you have the things you say you have?

Do you run JUST OS X? Or do you run other operating systems such as Windows on it was well? If so, from a boot partition or from something like Parallels?

Anyway, you should discuss this with the Genius and modify behavior that led to this symptom.

Romadoc
06-08-2007, 10:46
I bought it from an authorized seller along with the 3 year care program. I called Apple with a previous problem (which they could not diagnose over the phone) and it was handled as a normal warranty problem. I'm also thinking of now adding the ProCare program at an additional $100/year to handle problems.

FThorn
06-08-2007, 11:03
Does not matter where you bought it as I am sure you are aware. Just take it to the Genius.

Again, if you don't mind me asking as I have EIGHT Macs and would love to know where you got your info? What reported the issues?

Washington,D.C.
06-08-2007, 12:48
Originally posted by FThorn
Wow, that is odd.
Cookies are not spyware, per se. What are you running to detect/report these cookies?
What imac are you using? What OS X version?

A lot of anti-spyware programs flag cookies that are deemed to be no benefit to the system reguardless if they do any harm or not but some can. One reason is to cover your tracks or delete your internet history.

FThorn
06-08-2007, 17:03
Originally posted by Washington,D.C.
A lot of anti-spyware programs flag cookies that are deemed to be no benefit to the system reguardless if they do any harm or not but some can. One reason is to cover your tracks or delete your internet history.

In the Mac OS X world, there are not a LOT of spyware programs. So, I'm curious what this one is so that I can investigate it.

Romadoc
06-08-2007, 17:13
I just noticed that the tag along adds are from Tribalfusion and Casalemedia. These adds remain when the browser is closed. How do I get rid of these things.

Washington,D.C.
06-08-2007, 17:33
Delete cookies and set vrowers to block pop-ups.

FThorn
06-08-2007, 18:31
Can you OTHER guys read my posts?

I can't understand why my questions go unanswered.

Washington,D.C.
06-08-2007, 19:17
Originally posted by FThorn
Can you OTHER guys read my posts?

I can't understand why my questions go unanswered.

I didn't see your last question when I posted. I don't know what program he is using but there are some anti-virus programs that often incl;ude anti-spyware listed here.


http://mac.majorgeeks.com/


http://mac.majorgeeks.com/downloads29.html

note this website will give you the Tribalfusion cookie and it may show pop-ups depending on your browser.

Deanster
06-09-2007, 13:19
Sounds like you're accepting cookies from all sites, and allowing popups.

In Apple's browser, Safari, you can block popups by hitting Apple-K, and then go to preferences, and elect to accept cookies only from sites you navigate to.

You don't have spyware - just incorrect browser settings, and you're allowing websites to do more on your computer than you ought to.

Safari is configured pretty tightly out of the box, once you select 'block popups' - I never have any problems.

On the battery warning - have you called Apple? Sounds like a loose system battery to me... Not sure if that's a home fix on the new iMacs or not - I haven't cracked mine open yet.

Great example of why I don't claim Apple is perfect - the laws of thermodynamics work the same in Steve Job's house as anywhere else...

Romadoc
06-09-2007, 15:15
I don't use Safari. I feel more comfortable with FireFox, having used it for years. Also, I elected (paid extra) for the battery operated, wireless versions of both keyboard and mouse. Maybe the problems lie there.

Deanster
06-11-2007, 13:49
Not a problem, but that turns it from an iMac question into a Firefox one - how do I configure Firefox so it doesn't accept cookies I don't want? Sadly, I don't know the answer, as I'm not a firefox user. This is a super-easy thing to do in Safari, and hopefully someone will be able to offer an answer that helps.

It does sound like the wireless keyboard or mouse is the source of the battery error. I'll be interested in hearing if a battery replacement solves the 'low battery' error - seems likely.

I use a wireless mouse, but I will NEVER use a wireless keyboard again - nothing like trying to type a password on a server to fix a problem with a wireless keyboard with dying battery...

My cellphone also causes interference with my wireless mouse (microsoft mouse) - I'm about ready to pitch it all, though I don't especially like Apple's mouse either. The new mighty mouse is much better, but a bit too small and slick for me, and I really like having 'forward' and 'back' buttons on the mouse - probably my most-used feature.