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#1 Jennytalia


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Posted 16 April 2011 - 03:13 AM

System - MacBook Pro 2.4GhZ running OSX 10.6.7 running FireFox 3.5.18

It appears that my google image searching has been compromised somehow. I will do an image search, click a thumbnail, and as I am trying to navigate back to the search results I get redirected to 'Find the differences between these two iphones' (My link) or storefeedbackrewards.com.

It doesn't seem to happen in Safari, nor does it seem to happen during a normal google search.

I don't know a whole lot about the inner workings of Mac OS, so I haven't really done anything to try to solve this on my own. I know just enough to know that I don't know.

I don't download and install much software, and when I do I do it through the windows partition so I can run and AV and such before I install. I was under the impression that there wasn't a whole lot in the way of viruses and malware for the Mac, and what was out there was pretty rare. I don't run any Antivirus or Anti-spyware software on the Mac side.

If there is any help anyone can lend, I would really appreciate it, along with any information I may need to keep this machine running smoothly. If I am horribly outdated in my Mac virus info, PLEASE tell me before something really bad happens! :thumbup2:

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#2 buddy215


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Posted 16 April 2011 - 01:09 PM

Try doing a clean uninstall of Firefox. You should save your bookmarks before doing that. Especially
if you have a lot of them.
A clean uninstall also requires removal of your Firefox profile. If you don't know how to find it, go
to the link in the link below for directions.
Uninstalling Firefox | How to | Firefox Help

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Edited by buddy215, 16 April 2011 - 09:12 PM.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 11:42 AM

Also you should update to firefox 4. After you fix the redirect issue of course.
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 02:03 PM

If you start FireFox in OSX with the OPTION key down, you will be given the option to reset everything.
Backup your Bookmarks before you choose to have them reset.
Windows has a FireFox SafeMode option that offers the same resets.
Image searches will sometimes disable the back button, depending on the site.
Test by doing a search for cats or something simple. it may be the site you are going to (especially images for sale sites).
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