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Old 19-07-2013, 01:21
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Right, so I was sitting in the living room trying to cool down and I was surfing the 'net on my Macbook Air, as I do, when I had to put it down and go out. Anyway I left a Youtube video I had been watching on the screen and I went out. When I came back I woke my Mac up from sleep and there was something completely different on the screen! I asked my mum (who stayed in as she couldn't cope with the heat) if she had been near my computer when I was out and she said she hadn't. She doesn't know how to use a Mac. Anyway it turns out that someone or something had opened 5 random websites in the same browser tab while I was gone and nobody was near the machine.

What could cause something like this? Is it possible I've been hacked or there's a ghost in the machine? Should I take it to the Apple Store or call an exorcist? The browser is Firefox and I've had the Macbook Air a year. I've never had this happen to me on my Macbook Pro or various Windows computers (including the Windows side of my MBP). I'm running a virus scan at the moment and I'm typing from my Pro. I took two photos of the screen to prove what happened.

Any ideas?
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Old 19-07-2013, 02:00
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maybe its a ghost
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Old 19-07-2013, 09:13
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The ghost of Jobs from the iCloud telling you you need to upgrade your machine as its so last year?

Hate to say it but it may be time to put on a turtle neck or 4 and aim some prayers to Culpertino before the men in the silver cars with turtlenecks come and take you for re-education
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Old 19-07-2013, 09:21
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Youtube has a nasty habit of automatically playing the next video it thinks is related, without telling you. That might be something to do with it. No idea how extra tabs would open up, though.

The Air tends to still "do stuff" when asleep (lid closed). Mine still does backups, checks email and so on, even when I'm nowhere near it.
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Old 19-07-2013, 10:23
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Youtube has a nasty habit of automatically playing the next video it thinks is related, without telling you. That might be something to do with it. No idea how extra tabs would open up, though.

The Air tends to still "do stuff" when asleep (lid closed). Mine still does backups, checks email and so on, even when I'm nowhere near it.
It opened a couple of other websites (this forum and another) and then two Youtube pages. It was all in the same tab actually. I have a photo to prove it if anyone's interested. The lid was open all the time.

The ghost of Jobs from the iCloud telling you you need to upgrade your machine as its so last year?

Hate to say it but it may be time to put on a turtle neck or 4 and aim some prayers to Culpertino before the men in the silver cars with turtlenecks come and take you for re-education
It could be! I'd better consider upgrading then. The video I was watching was from 2009 if that's anything to do with it?
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Old 19-07-2013, 14:48
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You are a botnet?


Unlikely but possible.
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Old 19-07-2013, 20:52
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You are a botnet?


Unlikely but possible.
I ran a virus check and that found nothing, but how would I know if my Mac had suddenly become a botnet?
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Old 19-07-2013, 22:46
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Not sure if the router log would be the first point of call.

Your mum had a friend visiting or is a secret PC user?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygree...ng-infections/

An oldish starter thread with some links.
Someone dialing in to your PC would normally be able hide their use so again it is unlikely.
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Old 20-07-2013, 00:52
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Not sure if the router log would be the first point of call.

Your mum had a friend visiting or is a secret PC user?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygree...ng-infections/

An oldish starter thread with some links.
Someone dialing in to your PC would normally be able hide their use so again it is unlikely.
There was nobody else in the house but my mum and she doesn't know how to use a Mac. She has an iPad and Windows 7 laptop and she went on dad's W7 laptop while I was out. The sites were a few random pages and this forum was one of them! It showed up on my web history so I doubt someone was dialing into my Mac. I wasn't using Windows on it either (my Air doesn't have Windows on it but my Pro does).
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Old 20-07-2013, 09:07
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Were you drunk at the time. Sometimes, when I'm really really pished. I mistake my left foot for my right. I trip up and sit there wandering who the hell tripped me when there is no one else in the room but me and a empty pint glass that had cider in it.
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Old 20-07-2013, 10:07
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Were you drunk at the time. Sometimes, when I'm really really pished. I mistake my left foot for my right. I trip up and sit there wandering who the hell tripped me when there is no one else in the room but me and a empty pint glass that had cider in it.
No and I wasn't even in the house at the time. That's the whole point. How could Firefox open websites by itself when nobody was using the computer?
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Old 20-07-2013, 10:22
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No and I wasn't even in the house at the time. That's the whole point. How could Firefox open websites by itself when nobody was using the computer?
I don't know how old you are but My Gran can offer me a biscuit and then offer me a biscuit again 3 minutes later. Having completely forgotten that she had already offered me a biscuit 3 minutes earlier.

Are you haunting yourself?

Or another hypothesis I have, do you have a pet horse (or other talented pet)? I saw a youTube vid of a horse that could paint (paintbrush in teeth and it waggled its head).
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Old 20-07-2013, 11:52
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So Steve's ghost is inhabiting your Mac? Could be worth a fortune.

Get him chatting over facetime and get some new product ideas to Tim Cook.
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Old 20-07-2013, 12:20
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It could be something as simple as Safari had crashed, and re-launched itself with the tabs you had open the last time it successfully closed rather than crashing.
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Old 20-07-2013, 15:25
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It could be something as simple as Safari had crashed, and re-launched itself with the tabs you had open the last time it successfully closed rather than crashing.
I'm using Firefox and I had left a specific Youtube video on the screen that I had been watching before I left. Wheb I came back something else was on the screen.
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Old 20-07-2013, 16:05
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Does firefox do the same thing? If it crashes, does it relaunch itself with a set of tabs that were open the last time it cleanly shut down?

I've seen safari do this on my own MBP.
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Old 20-07-2013, 16:10
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Switch Remote Access off. Someone might be hacking in.
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Old 20-07-2013, 18:29
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If your macbook is anything like mine then the touchpad keeps going funny, going all around the screen clicking on anything and everything, opening pages up, and generally driving me mad.

I've cleaned the touchpad, and it rarely helps. If I plug an external mouse in for a few days and then unplug it, the touchpad starts behaving itself. I'm going to make a trip to the apple store and insist on them giving me a new touchpad. Been happening for so long now.
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Old 20-07-2013, 23:13
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Does firefox do the same thing? If it crashes, does it relaunch itself with a set of tabs that were open the last time it cleanly shut down?

I've seen safari do this on my own MBP.
It does but I don't think that's what it was. I had just left the computer on when I went out and when I came back it was on something else and nobody was using it. I reckon I have a ghost and the ghost has good taste
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Old 21-07-2013, 20:26
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youtube = pornhost
Something completely different on the screen! = porn popups

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