I get sent to ad pages when I click not on hypertext periodically, Whats' up with that?
When I click some hypertext on a web page on Firefox, I get sent to a new window, without headings except for the URL of that page. Here's some examples:
What's up with that? It's extremely annoying. It's new.
I also get text in articles that look like hypertext but when you put the cursor over it, it's an ad.
Sometimes a problem with Firefox may be a result of malware installed on your computer, that you may not be aware of.
You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software:
- Microsoft Safety Scanner
- MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware
- TDSSKiller - AntiRootkit Utility
- Hitman Pro
- ESET Online Scanner
Microsoft Security Essentials is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista/XP if you don't already have one.
Further information can be found in the Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware article.
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I have an iMac using OSX 7.5. Which of those programs would work for my computer?
Note that the OP is on a Mac.
Start Firefox in Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions (Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Extensions) or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance).
- Do NOT click the Reset button on the Safe Mode start window.
You can look at Adblock Plus to hide pop-ups from (double) underlined text on web pages.
- Adblock Plus: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/
You need to subscribe to a Filter list (e.g. the EasyList).
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