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    This is a discussion on Redirects To Adult Porn Sites within the Mac users forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; I hope this is in the correct category, I don't know what to do about this continuous problem. I have ...

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      Redirects To Adult Porn Sites

      I hope this is in the correct category, I don't know what to do about this continuous problem.

      I have tried Mac Scan and deleted tracking cookies, but still periodically when I am surfing, I keep getting redirected to
      adult Friendfinder site which has porn on it.

      I have tried different browsers, but have the same problem on Chrome, Firefox and Safari

      If I block this site on the router will it make any difference?

      How do I stop these redirects

      I use a Mac

      Thanks for any assistance on this matter.


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      Re: Redirects To Adult Porn Sites

      Are you using a Sky router or a 3rd party router?

      If 3rd party, what have you got in DNS Server settings?

      Regardless of router type, what have you got in DNS Servers when you go to System Preferences>Network for the network adapter that you use (either ethernet and/or wifi)?
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      Re: Redirects To Adult Porn Sites

      It is a Sky router sagemcom router provided by Sky

      I always turn wifi off, so it's ethernet

      Configure IPv4: Using DHCP
      IP address: 192.168.0.2
      Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
      Router: 192.168.0.1
      DNS Server: 8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4
      Search Domains: Home

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      Re: Redirects To Adult Porn Sites

      Delete Internet temporary files for a start.
      Download and install and run after updating, 'Malwarebytes'. The free version is excellent.

      Also download, install and run after updating, 'Spybot search and destroy'. This is also free.

      Both can remove many types of malware.

      - - - Updated - - -

      Ooops.... Just noticed you use a Mac.

      Not sure if the above work on Macs.

      Sorry.........

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      Re: Redirects To Adult Porn Sites

      Whilst I don't have a Mac, you may wish to check out the link below to the cnet site:

      Spyware Removers for Mac - Free downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com

      I would suggest that you use a different computer to download the programs, then copy them to your Mac for installation.

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      Speedtest: 17.15MB/s 0.97Mb/s Ping 31 ms

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      Re: Redirects To Adult Porn Sites

      Personally I would back up my files and stuff and reinstall the whole OS. Annoying malware at least you can see it's infected but malware that just sits there quietly collecting everything you do is the stuff to worry about. If you got infected in the first place then who knows what backdoors are left in there now.

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      Re: Redirects To Adult Porn Sites

      I threatened to do that with a friend's laptop only a couple of weeks ago. I knew that it would take me a couple of days to rebuild everything at least, which wasn't a pretty idea.

      Thankfully I managed to identy the nasty with Super Anti-spyware, but it was a close call. Once it was identified we were able to download something else which was able to remove it.

      I'd already tried several other tools (Malwarebytes, NAV, IO Bit and a few more). In this instance they just didn't find it.

      Even then though SAS thought that it was safe. Using Google on my own laptop I was able to find that it wasn't.

      It was a different nasty to what wolfiebrian has as it was on a Windows 7 based Laptop.

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      Re: Redirects To Adult Porn Sites

      It was a different nasty to what wolfiebrian has as it was on a Windows 7 based Laptop.

      It's actually my Mac, but I wonder if digging out the original discs that came with the Mac might not be a bad idea, very drastic I know, but I don't have anything on the Mac that I need backed up. Itunes, I can easily put my cds back on.

      Wiping the whole Mac, at least I can start afresh!

      There are too many alternates to be able to pick out just why this is happening

      I have rebooted my router, I have switched off wifi, I have changed the router settings, I have switched the router off for a day, I have cleared the cache, reset Firefox, Chrome and Safari, I have run Macscan, I I have used other antivirus programs...

      The only thing I haven't done is totally wiped my Mac clean and start afresh.

      I hate it when things like this happen because it's damn hard to pin down what the problem is, far too many variables.

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      Re: Redirects To Adult Porn Sites

      Macs are supposed to be impregnable, or so they say, so the problem is probably with one or more of the programs you have installed. I would recommend that before you do anything as drastic as wiping the whole machine, uninstall all your browsers completely.

      One other point is that you say you are using a router supplied by Sky, but if you are using Google servers you must have put these in your self, probably using the guide on this site. I would recommend you change these to OpenDNS servers as they give a measure of protection from the problem you are describing. The OpenDNS servers are -

      • 208.67.222.222
      • 208.67.220.220

      It would be worth your while going to their site and familiarising you self with what you can do- OpenDNS IP Addresses | OpenDNS

      You should also change the DNS servers settings on your Mac to also use the OpenDNS servers, this should over-ride anything in the router settings. Instructions for doing this are on the aforementioned site.

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      Re: Redirects To Adult Porn Sites

      Not impregnable, just less prone to attack due to the relatively smaller user base compared to Windows computers (although that imbalance seems to be changing slightly in more recent years)!
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