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allan rodri

10 Nov, 2013 06:03 PM

` i spuriously installed ad block thinking "what a great product" as all ads disappeared. Then I realized videos are no longer appearing either (plus who knows what else.). The really troubling thing is I "uninstalled" ad block, reset safari, emptied the cache, restarted,,, and ads are STILL blocked, videos still don't work (on major sites such as tmz and cnn),,, AND ad block is nowhere to be found in the extension page of safari. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY COMPUTER???????????? thanks Allan

  1. 1 Posted by Kieran on 10 Nov, 2013 06:10 PM

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    AdBlock will not be running if it is not showing at Safari > Preferences >
    Extensions. There's enough people looking at Safari's code (the actual code
    for Safari is available for anyone to see) that a bug like that would have
    been detected by now. AdBlock probably isn't installed, but you may have
    something else installed that makes it happen, and not AdBlock.

    Have you tried running a virus scan recently?

  2. 2 Posted by allan rodri on 10 Nov, 2013 07:26 PM

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    with all due respect, I NEVER install extensions (until this one), and I never have had a virus... EVER. I'm very careful, and I'm sorry, but the timing of this problem leaves no other possibility BESIDES ad block. Plus, why are the ads STILL blocked???

  3. 3 Posted by Kieran on 10 Nov, 2013 08:51 PM

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    How do you know the ads are blocked? Are you on a website that you know has
    ads? (Not all websites do) Can you check on http://nytimes.com - they do
    have ads, though you may have to scroll down a bit.

    Also, just being careful doesn't mean you won't get viruses. Some infected
    websites make your computer install viruses without you noticing. It's
    still good to install an anti-virus, just in case. There are many free ones
    out there, so you might want to have a look around. Macs aren't as
    virus-proof as they used to be, either. You can find a few just by looking
    at the top results at
    https://www.google.com/search?q=free+antivirus+mac(Google Search for
    free antivirus mac), incidentally, that search has ads
    on it (at least for me) when AdBlock is disabled.

    If you really want to make sure AdBlock isn't installed, try another
    browser, such as Chrome or Firefox. By default, there are no extensions
    installed (apart from possibly one installed by your Antivirus, many have
    Link Scanning or "Do Not Track" extensions these days.

  4. 4 Posted by allan on 11 Nov, 2013 07:57 PM

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    listen,,, I'm not a moron. I stupidly installed adblock and now it is uninstalled, except whatever adblock does to block "ads" when it is installed is still happening in my computer, except that adblock is "gone". HOW DO I CORRECT THIS????

    FYI: where news videos used to be now there is an empty box which says "blocked plug in".

  5. 5 Posted by Kieran on 11 Nov, 2013 08:24 PM

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    If AdBlock isn't installed, then it can't block ads. The "blocked plugin"
    box you mention is because the plugin is out of date because of a security
    bug. You need to update the plugin for that video.

  6. Kieran closed this discussion on 11 Nov, 2013 08:24 PM.

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