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How-to Fix Mac’s Safari browser malware/ransomware pop-up

Posted in Apple, Browser, How to, Security with tags , , , , , , on April 16, 2015 by Sirusdark

Hello dear readers and visitors!

Less than a few days apart I had to fix several Macbook malware infections. I say “infections”, but technically, it’s more of a Safari feature abuse. Still, it qualifies as malware or even as a virus.

The message usually shows a phone number to call to “fix” your problem.

Sick Safari

What this malware does is create a pop-up message. This in itself could be annoying at most, but the problem is when closing the pop-up message window, another comes up immediately and because of  Safari’s default pop-up behavior, menus become unavailable as long as the message is present. Which means you’re effectively locked away from your browser. It’s like a ransomware virus, but for your MAC’s Internet Browser. Cool huh?


This solution is simple, yet not easy to find: simply Shift-click your Safari icon to start Safari and by-pass the default page(s). Once you’re back and in control of your browser, you should do 2 things:

1. Check your history and try to find which website could’ve infected your browser. Then, take a mental note and STOP visiting such websites. If you can’t find it, it means you’ve most likely stumbled on an infected website. Lucky you.

2. Delete all history, cookies, empty the cache (you’ll need to enable the developer menu to access this option), remove any unwanted extensions and change your homepage.



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Firefox Quick Tip – Close it without losing any windows and tabs!

Posted in Browser, Computer, Methods, Workflow with tags , , , , , on November 14, 2014 by Sirusdark

Here’s a nifty trick when you’re in a hurry and need to close Firefox and/or shut down your computer but have several windows opened with plenny of tabs in each windows you don’t wanna lose. Usually, there would only be a few ways to save your browsing session:

Friggin too long methods

1. The PITA method: you manually bookmark each individual pages of each windows in your Bookmarks in folders. Have fun with that.

2. The monk method: You manually move/transfer all tabs one by one in a single windows, then exit, which will save the session and re-open all the tabs the next time you launch Firefox. Have fun with that too.

3. The pro method: you install a session manager add-on, then save the session and windows. You’re awesome.

Now, even I who DO use a session manager in Firefox, there’s often times I need to close Firefox quickly AND keep all my browsing sessions. The aforementioned methods just don’t cut it.

KISS method

Here’s my ultra-fast-lazy-simple method: kill Firefox from the Task Manager:

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del > Click End task

There ya go. Let it handle the crash. Firefox is so awesome it’ll prompt you to “restore” your “lost” session. I do it all the time. :D



How to prevent or Hotmail to redirect to MSN on sign out

Posted in Browser, Internet, Tweaking with tags , , , , , , , on April 3, 2014 by Sirusdark

Hello crazy world!

I finally decided I would share with you a secret tweak of mine. When I sign out of or Hotmail, I don’t get redirected to MSN. Yes, I don’t.

Firefox is your friend

Step 1. Use a real Internet Browser (aka Firefox).

Step 2. Use NoScript or AdBlock Plus. If you have neither of those installed, Ctrl+Shift+A and do so.

Step 3. Simply deny any scripts from the following domains:

Piece of cake. Block these two domains and you shouldn’t get redirected to MSN anymore. - No MSN

Sign in – sign out. Nothing else. You’re welcome.

EDIT – Workaround

For some reason, this method doesn’t work anymore. Being fedup and wanting a simpler solution, I’ve found one:

Log out from a non e-mail related service, like OneDrive, OneNote, Word/Excel Online, etc. Switch service and logout as usual.



-As much as the name implies it, I don’t use AdBlock Plus to block ads. I’ve never used the filter subscriptions either, not even once. I don’t encourage anyone to block ads without a very good reason. If you DO need to block an ad, it means the website you’re on has a problem. Ads are great. Usually.