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Safari preferences
Posted by: clyde
Date: August 18, 2018 09:07PM
Suddenly a screen tells me I gotta update Adobe Flash. Because I wanted to see what I had requested, I clicked OK.

Adobe went wild and changed home pages on both Safari & Firefox.

I opened Firefox preferences and set home page as desired; closed, reopened—Firefox retained the home page I had designated.

I opened Safari preferences and set home page as desired; closed, reopened—Safari tells me I ain't got no choice. It's google—take it or leave it.

What must I do to get Safari to start with the page I choose and to open new pages with my choice?

Safari worked fine before this incident with Adobe!

iMac, OS 10.13.3



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/18/2018 09:07PM by clyde.
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Re: Safari preferences
Posted by: Golfer
Date: August 18, 2018 09:14PM
never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

running malwarebytes would be a good start.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/18/2018 09:15PM by Golfer.
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Re: Safari preferences
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 18, 2018 10:50PM
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Golfer
never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

X100. You can also update flash from your system prefs.

FWIW, you might think its Adobe, but they arent doing this. Im guessing whatever you downloaded has taken over safari.





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Re: Safari preferences
Posted by: btfc
Date: August 18, 2018 10:56PM
Yes, run malwarebytes, etrecheck, empty browser cache(s), clean out cookies, and look for odd/new extensions and plugins in any browsers you have installed.



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Re: Safari preferences
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 19, 2018 02:00AM
never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.


Sometimes a popup like that will be genuine and take you to adobe.com and update flash, no worries.


never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.


I never use flash.

I never use flash.

I never use flash.

I never use flash.

I never use flash.

I never use flash.


But if you need to, you need to, I guess.


I never use flash.





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Re: Safari preferences
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 19, 2018 02:03AM
never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.



Sometimes a popup like that will be genuine and take you to adobe.com and update flash, no worries.


never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.

never update flash from a pop-up, always go straight to adobe.com and grab the update.



I never use flash.

I never use flash.

I never use flash.

I never use flash.

I never use flash.

I never use flash.


But if you need to, you need to, I guess.


I never use flash.


(I forgot to acknowledge the original quote.)





Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody matters or nobody matters.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Safari preferences
Posted by: Forrest
Date: August 19, 2018 05:33AM
I removed Flash from my computers a few years ago. Once every few weeks/months I see a message saying a website is not compatible, and I decide I don't need to go to that website.
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Re: Safari preferences
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 19, 2018 07:25AM
I removed Flash from my computers a few years ago. Once every few weeks/months I see a message saying a website is not compatible, and I decide I don't need to go to that website.

Likewise, exactly.





Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody matters or nobody matters.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Safari preferences
Posted by: modelamac
Date: August 19, 2018 08:11AM
clyde,

I will try to answer your question. No one else did.

The problem is located NOT in the Safari application itself but in those Safari pieces that re in your Home Library under Safari, Preferences, and maybe Application Support.

First, I'd run Etrecheck with should find the infected parts of Safari that you can delete. Or.....

You can dig around in your Home Library/Safari for things named Google, and the same for Home Library/Application Support. The hard drive Library may have some of the same that you can delete. You can also delete all of the Safari...plist items in HomeLibrary/Preferences. They will be replaced when you next run Safari.

If it were me, I would either use Time Machine to restore the HomeLibrary/Safari folder from an earlier date than the arrival of your problem or If you have another Mac running the same OS but is not infected, copy the same folder from the other Mac.

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clyde
Suddenly a screen tells me I gotta update Adobe Flash. Because I wanted to see what I had requested, I clicked OK.

Adobe went wild and changed home pages on both Safari & Firefox.

I opened Firefox preferences and set home page as desired; closed, reopened—Firefox retained the home page I had designated.

I opened Safari preferences and set home page as desired; closed, reopened—Safari tells me I ain't got no choice. It's google—take it or leave it.

What must I do to get Safari to start with the page I choose and to open new pages with my choice?

Safari worked fine before this incident with Adobe!

iMac, OS 10.13.3



Ed (modelamac)

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sticker on my head and call it a day.
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Re: Safari preferences
Posted by: Ammo
Date: August 19, 2018 08:48AM
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RAMd®d
I removed Flash from my computers a few years ago. Once every few weeks/months I see a message saying a website is not compatible, and I decide I don't need to go to that website.

Likewise, exactly.

Where do I look to see if Flash is installed on my computer and if so, how is it removed?



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Re: Safari preferences
Posted by: billb
Date: August 19, 2018 09:41AM
Usually the Flash dmg is in your downloads folder.

One of these malware scams downloads a legitimate copy of flash as a ruse while it is also downloading crap. But afaik it doesn't unpack, it just sits there taking up space
They've also hustled legitimate certificates from Apple somehow so they've bypassed gatekeeper.

Search for files by date ?



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Re: Safari preferences
Posted by: Golfer
Date: August 19, 2018 09:59AM
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modelamac
clyde,

I will try to answer your question. No one else did.

The problem is located NOT in the Safari application itself but in those Safari pieces that re in your Home Library under Safari, Preferences, and maybe Application Support.

First, I'd run Etrecheck with should find the infected parts of Safari that you can delete. Or.....

You can dig around in your Home Library/Safari for things named Google, and the same for Home Library/Application Support. The hard drive Library may have some of the same that you can delete. You can also delete all of the Safari...plist items in HomeLibrary/Preferences. They will be replaced when you next run Safari.

If it were me, I would either use Time Machine to restore the HomeLibrary/Safari folder from an earlier date than the arrival of your problem or If you have another Mac running the same OS but is not infected, copy the same folder from the other Mac.

Yes, I did. Running malwarebytes will more than likely find the offending culprit and get rid of it.
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Re: Safari preferences
Posted by: clyde
Date: August 19, 2018 10:38AM
Did the first part of modelamac's suggestion: ran Etrecheck, which found some difficulties. I "removed" one of them by clicking the Remove button in the window. Maybe it worked…

Time Machine has backups of the entire computer's files. How involved is restoring HomeLibrary/Safari folder from an earlier date?

Addendum: This morn Apple Mail shows this message:
"Mail was unable to connect to server 'mail.cableone.net' using SSL on the default ports. Verify that this server supports SSL and that your account settings are correct." Guess the bug, or whatever it was, went into email also.
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Re: Safari preferences
Posted by: testcase
Date: August 20, 2018 02:47PM
Darwin Award on its' way (ignore the ticking sounds)......... banghead smiley
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