Hot Deals? How Do I Get Rid Of This


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So ever since the Jon Caffee workshop and I downloaded GIMP and something else,  I get the "HOT DEALS" pop up on my MAC every time I go to a new page in Safari.

 

Any idea how to get rid of it?  You have no idea how aggravating this is.

 

 

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looks like your browser has been hijacked , is there a Manage Addons   under Tools on the mac ?  sorry don't know mac either , you should be able to at least disable the addons in safari.

 

I use the same programs as Dennis and / or the Free Avira Antivirus.

 

M.

 

Avast free is for the Mac too Scott

 

https://www.avast.com/en-us/free-mac-security

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This is the  programarrow-10x10.png,   they say I can delete it on my PCarrow-10x10.png but of course I am using a MAC.  There has to be a law against this.

 

I am afraid to download something to fix it because I am afraid I will have to fix something else.  There must be a way to delete it off my MAC in a control panel/

 

 

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I have used Avastfree for 6-8 yrs , never been an issue for me , but the MAC must have an app/panel to uninstall programs and then uninstall PJS4.2 ( or whatever it was called) 

Yeah,  I looked but could  not  find.  Somehow I managed to suspend for 2 weeks so I will see what happens in two weeks. Thanks for the help.

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Scott,

It's an ADWARE that can be a ***** to remove, but can be done. First though, how long ago did you download this??? If not long ago, just do a system restore to an earlier time prior is the easiest. All programs and their associated bloatware will go away, but no files lost.

That's the easiest way.

Here's the hard way. http://malwaretips.com/blogs/hot-deals-popup-virus/

A reminder to all, in most all cases these days, somewhere in the download process is an "Option" to install these other things. Not always, but not uncommon. Usually it's to change your browser, or something similar. NEVER take the automated "easy" download step if offered as those steps they will not show you can have these "options" enabled. If available, do the manual version.

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Well, it looks like the GIMP homepage has a blog post about this:

 THE PRICE OF BEING POPULAR...

2014-12-26

When software is popular, then there are elements out there who seek to profit from it by less ethical means. Installer packages with added spyware, adware or even malware are apparently part of the (Windows) user experience these days.

GIMP is being attacked in that manner as well, In order to keep safe, get GIMP from our own downloads pages or the sites we link to, and be very cautious when going elsewhere.

One victim of this is GIMPshop - started as a fork of GIMP to add UI terms that are more familiar to users of Adobe Photoshop, it is nowadays used to load third-party software onto the unwary user's system. Thankfully, the original author is not to blame, as this operation is run by someone else.

Here's the link from that post:

http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

 

(I mentioned sourceforge in the  meeting, which is the place I originally downloaded GIMP without the malware experience.)

 

Here's an alternate link for the other software I mentioned:

https://inkscape.org/en/download/

 

Many apologies to those that have had their day derailed by this.

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Scott,

I think they call it "Time Machine" with the fruit 'putters..... For all Windows machines, it's called "System Restore" and takes all of about 5 minutes. If you ever find yourself in this situation, a download or something is causing problems, do this sooner rather than later. You will only lose any "programs" added during the time between.

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Scott,

I think they call it "Time Machine" with the fruit 'putters..... For all Windows machines, it's called "System Restore" and takes all of about 5 minutes. If you ever find yourself in this situation, a download or something is causing problems, do this sooner rather than later. You will only lose any "programs" added during the time between.

Thanks,  unfortunately I never set it up.  But I also afraid it will effect any files I have since edited.

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it would scott ,back to say Friday night.....everything since then would be gone, so you'll have to clean instead , try the uninstall program panel I linked to above,and perhaps install a permanent Virus / Malware blocker , or install the Virus detector and get it to clean the browser hijack as well.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efnXbn1nC4E

http://guides.macrumors.com/Uninstalling_Applications_in_Mac_OS_X

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efnXbn1nC4E

 

Hopefully a MAC guru will come online soon.

 

M.

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Rule#1 , Always download these free programs, from the original source, not a secondary source. You probably agreed to it, somewhere along the line.

If you were on a PC then I could clean it. Ccleaner might be able to do it, or your anti-virus might do it. Windows has a not widely known program called (MRT) Malicious Software removal tool. Just hit, Run: mrt at the dos prompt . Windows updates this every month.

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Scott, In my own defence, I now have several software programs to prevent and remove malware and viruses. It seems there are enough antisocial personalities who have nothing better to do but to make internet life miserable for others. I consider the money well spent (I currently use: Spyhunter, Reghunter, Advanced System Care Ultimate and Hit Man Pro). Since I started using these software applications I never for long have this kind of annoyance. Only through constant vigilance is Freedom obtained.

 

DJP

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looks like the Hijacker is also adding advertising links Scott , the word Malware Blocker is underlined and the little symbol is to tell you you can jump to another page...... everytime someone clicks one of those or they redirect someone , they get paid by the advertiser , that's why they do it.......

 

AvastFree has a browser Cleaner built in

https://www.avast.com/en-us/free-mac-security

 

M.

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Scott, there is something called AdBlock you can also manage your extensions safari to turn off.

 

Thru Apple.com  - https://extensions.apple.com/

 

What you have is probably an installed extension you didn't want - here is a video to uninstall extensions manually.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oxD7jfnepw

 

If its not an extension, then its something much more invasive, but i've found most adware in Apple is simply installing an extension I dont want.

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Thx JPC,  I did get the ADBLOCK,  and that is working now,  I did go through extensions and uninstall something,  I have a feeling I have something very invasive.  As of now,  I am okay,  we will see in the next week or so if I have issues.  It just seems like there are some POP UPS coming from somewhere that I cannot pinpoint how to eliminate.....  I am getting by so far,  thx.

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Thx JPC,  I did get the ADBLOCK,  and that is working now,  I did go through extensions and uninstall something,  I have a feeling I have something very invasive.  As of now,  I am okay,  we will see in the next week or so if I have issues.  It just seems like there are some POP UPS coming from somewhere that I cannot pinpoint how to eliminate.....  I am getting by so far,  thx.

 

Well, keep in mind that unlike Windows, there are very few "application" installations outside their dedicated "packages" - which means viruses are harder to get, and less invasive than Windows machines which have app components in the system folders.  Im not saying its impossible, but with Apple viruses have few places to "hide" where they aren't easy to find/delete.

 

Windows viruses are terrible due to the shortcomings of "VB scripts" and their effect.  Win 8 has been a big step forward to start to curb this, but Apple has never given an application that much control over system folders - so much less damage a virus/malware can do secretly.

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