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How worried should I be that my system has been compromised?

A couple of days ago I clicked a legit-looking result from a Google search and got to a page of hackery-looking type saying that my system now belonged to somebody else. I backed away fast, but tried it again out of curiosity and the same thing happened. I didn't cap the screen and now I can't find the page, but can somebody hijack my computer (Mac running Safari this week for some reason) just because I clicked a link? This might be a laughable question, but since this has never happened to me before I don't know how seriously to take it!
posted by Camofrog on Nov 8, 2013 - 7 answers

android hotspot filtering and blocking

I want to be able to treat my android wifi hotspot like a router and moderate the content that I can access through it. Is there something like a hosts file I can use? I want to block distracting websites. [more inside]
posted by titanium_geek on Oct 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Modify/hack a Google Hangout "feature": Press to Talk

I want to use a Google Hangout "On Air" for a project, but a tiny limitation is getting in the way. I would like to bypass the 'Press to Talk' functionality with a tiny browser script/hack/modification. My programming knowledge is tiny, but I am sure this could be done super super simply with a script loaded in the browser. Perhaps there's better solution. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Firefox is possessed!

Firefox keeps going back to previous page, but I'm not hitting the back button! [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Oct 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me find this comic about internet browsers.

ComicFilter: Help me find this comic comparing internet browsers. [more inside]
posted by pluot on Sep 5, 2012 - 1 answer

I Destroyed Firefox. Profile is deleted & It No Longer Works.

While on Firefox (12.0) for my Mac (OS 10.5.8) I hit a mail link which caused my Firefox window to open rapidly window on window ad infinitum. It locked up my mac and I couldn't even get to Firefox Preferences/Tools etc without multiple windows opening on top. I force- quit. I restarted and this did not help. I uninstalled an reinstalled and this did not help. It hit about midnight and stupid and tired, I deleted my entire profile....The whole blasted thing in a rash moment. So unlike available articles on Mozilla for retrieving missing/lost/messed with profiles mine is simply bye-bye by my own hand. I emailed Mozilla and got these instructions: "Try to delete the profiles.ini file *http://kb.mozillazine.org/profiles.ini_file *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder_-_Firefox" I don't have the ini file in the locations specified nor elsewhere. This link did not seem to help, either. I tried entering a terminal command for Firefox (cannot find page for that now) and no luck. If I click on Firefox, it says "Firefox is already open, only one copy can be in use." (Nothing else is open and I even restarted the computer a few times.) Any ideas? I like Firefox the best and would like to use it. And yes, I was an idiot to delete things so will take appropriate lashings.
posted by snap_dragon on May 13, 2012 - 17 answers

Internet changing what I type.

Why does my browser change the last two letters of some of the strings I type to "Pr"? [more inside]
posted by Bufo_periglenes on Feb 24, 2012 - 4 answers

out of site, out of mind

Is there a program that will let me keep a bunch of windows open but pushed out of sight, so I can work with a relatively blank taskbar but not have to re-open everything when I'm done working? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Aug 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Content farm blocking?

Firefox version of Chrome's Personal Blocklist extension. [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Feb 28, 2011 - 2 answers

bookmarklet for a random link in a new tab

In Firefox, how can I get my bookmarklet to open a link in a new tab? [more inside]
posted by maqsarian on Feb 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Blackberry Bold Internet Browser problems

Why does my Blackberry Bold internet browser insist on remaining set on the essentially useless "MEdia net" browser rather than the one I want, "Internet Browser"? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Feb 7, 2011 - 4 answers

How to sync bookmarks between flash drive and browser?

I want to save my bookmarks on a flash drive, and then sync them with anything I happen to bookmark in my browser throughout the day. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 28, 2010 - 11 answers

My browser needs child-safety locks.

My son just turned 4 and has become a wiz at bypassing all parental controls, and I need a browser that will restrict him to a few sites, such as stuff like starfall.com [more inside]
posted by Sallysings on Oct 28, 2010 - 11 answers

I don't even know what language this is in.

Why did my favorite forum just transform into what appears to be some sort of foreign-language YouTube? [more inside]
posted by Anyamatopoeia on Aug 27, 2010 - 4 answers

Tabs vs Windows

What really is the difference between a new tab or a new window while using an internet browser? Does opening a tab take up less RAM than a new window or is it merely more convenient?
posted by zzazazz on Feb 9, 2010 - 15 answers

Comic Sans a go-go!

My computer thinks its hilarious to randomly make things in my browser Comic Sans. Make it stop. [more inside]
posted by elisabethjw on Jan 8, 2010 - 19 answers

Why are browser-based videos so slow on my computer?

Why are browser-based videos so slow on my computer? [more inside]
posted by dephlogisticated on Oct 27, 2009 - 13 answers

Why-Fi?

What's killing my wi-fi connection? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 2, 2009 - 17 answers

Alternative Browsers

What superior/alternative web browsers to Firefox do you use? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Aug 26, 2009 - 33 answers

Chrome clone that isn't made of Chrome?

Are there any browsers that are essentially Chrome clones in function and appearance, but aren't Chrome and don't share any common code? [more inside]
posted by doublehappy on Jul 10, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me help my browser to go back to completing missing URL endings even though my ISP is jerky

My ISP's new "feature" of rerouting incomplete URLs to their own custom (awful) search page is hijacking my normal browser behavior of completing URLs with .com. Anything I can do to reassert normalcy? [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks on Jun 5, 2009 - 14 answers

What add-ons to Firefox do you find useful?

I just learned about Firefox add-ons and grease monkey scripts (I know, I know....) There are literally thousands of these things and I was wondering which ones you find useful and how you use them. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on May 9, 2009 - 49 answers

Help me with my internet annoyance.

I sometimes have trouble with downloading via torrent: surfing becomes a slow crawl/not an option. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Mar 26, 2009 - 18 answers

Browser stats of developing countries

I'm looking for statistics on web usage in developing countries...specifically I'd like to look at flash penetration and browser version usage. Does anybody know where I can find such numbers? [more inside]
posted by charmston on Dec 5, 2008 - 5 answers

Clicked something random, now I can't view a site in FF3?

Help! I clicked something without realizing, now I can't view one of my favorite websites. What did I do? [more inside]
posted by SputnikSweetheart on Nov 21, 2008 - 3 answers

Opening multiple links at once?

Are there any browsers that will allow me to open multiple links in one click? [more inside]
posted by auralcoral on Nov 15, 2008 - 12 answers

Does IE7-like RSS Reader exist for FireFox?

I love IE7's built-in RSS/feed reader. I hate, hate, hate IE7's slowness and general, overal crapiness. I would love to use FireFox, but I want the same kind of RSS reader functionality. Is there is a plugin or extension for Firefox that exists and works just like IE7's RSS reader? [more inside]
posted by karizma on Sep 29, 2008 - 4 answers

float, padding, margins, wrappers, %0px1.2em!11!! oh my!

I'm going crazy trying to adjust my blog template. It seems that when I change the browser window size, the body, sidebar, and header all move independently. If I make the window wider, the right edges of the sidebar and header do not align. If I make the window less wide, the whole sidebar crunches into body text (fine) and eventually gets kicked off the side by the body (not fine). Ideally, I'd like them all to line up, move/scale together side-to-side, and not get kicked around. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Sep 17, 2008 - 4 answers

How to surf discretely at work?

How to surf discretely at work? Looking for a replacement for WorkFriendly and Ghostzilla... [more inside]
posted by m2002 on Sep 6, 2008 - 11 answers

Need an alternative to MyHQ for my homepage(s).

Need to find an alternative to MyHQ.com. MyHQ is a web-based homepage that is simply lists of links that you can add to, customize, and organize into categories. You set it as your homepage, and voila!, every place you regularly visit on the internet is right in front of you. Their site is currently down, which has happened before, but this time I fear its for reals. I am literally lost without it (not to mention the 100+ organized links that I no longer have access to). [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Sep 3, 2008 - 19 answers

Connected to Ask.Me ... Waiting for reply

I can't connect to a couple of sites from any browser. One of them being Wikipedia. [more inside]
posted by Gyan on Jul 12, 2008 - 11 answers

How do I get my browser to work?

How do I get an Internet browser to work in Vista? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on Feb 18, 2008 - 11 answers

Browser makes incorrect requests.

My browsers frequently try to load the wrong page. They invent web addresses based on other open pages. What's happening? I don't think it's spyware. [more inside]
posted by Yogurt on Nov 20, 2007 - 13 answers

Better Browser for the Mac

I need a better browser for my Mac. I use a MacBook Pro 17". For the past year, I've been using Safari as my default browser. I like it swell except that it crashes all the frickin' time. I've installed SAFT, which allows me to restore my browsing sessions, but still -- it's a pain. Last weekend, I moved over to Firefox in the hopes that things would be improved. That's not going to work. What's with the delays for nearly every action? Ugh. (No extensions installed.) I don't yet have Leopard, but am willing to upgrade if Safari 3 offers a marked improvement in performance. What can I do to improve my web browsing experience? (Session restore is a must. Undo closed tabs is nice.) [more inside]
posted by jdroth on Nov 1, 2007 - 66 answers

Favored method for inserting a live browser window into a PowerPoint slide?

I'm looking for a way to place a browser window into a PowerPoint slide so that I can access web pages during my presentation and have them updated in real time. I've played around a bit with LiveWeb, which has behaved a bit erratically, and am hesitating before plunking down money for something like T-Dog's PowerPoint Web Browser. It doesn't need to have terribly robust browser capabilities - an address bar, forward/backward buttons and a "refresh" button should suffice. Anyway, I'd love to hear people's advice - the simpler, the better; I am a confirmed non-geek. If it matters (and I assume it does), I'm running Windows XP and PowerPoint 2003. Thanks in advance for your answers to my first-ever Ask MeFi question!
posted by AngerBoy on Oct 9, 2007 - 5 answers

How does one commission a Firefox Extension/ Greasemonkey script?

How does one go about hiring someone to create a specific Greasemonkey script or Firefox extension for them? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Sep 6, 2007 - 6 answers

Gray is the Color of the Day

Looking for a Firefox extension or alternative browser that allows for web pages to be grayed out (specifically images) a la Ghostzilla. [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Aug 10, 2007 - 4 answers

Drag and drop across browser windows?

Web dev Q: Is there a way to figure out what has been dragged and dropped from one browser window to another? [more inside]
posted by shortfuse on Oct 14, 2006 - 4 answers

Links won't link

Why won't my browser open from links embedded in programs? When I click on links to the web (e.g. "check for updates") in, say, Skype chat, or Zone Alarm, or CCleaner, or DeepBurner nothing happens -- no browser or tab pops open to the corresponding site. Firefox is my default browser and works fine on its own.... Thoughts or suggestions?
posted by rumbles on Jul 28, 2006 - 6 answers

I don't think they want to help me

network management filter: I'm working for a local government education department. My team is meant to be maintaining/improving several large websites. The IT support people refuse to install a web browser that isn't IE 6, citing network security as the reason.... are their fears reasonable? [more inside]
posted by Tixylix on Jul 10, 2006 - 23 answers

Is it possible make a browser window go full screen?

Is it possible make a browser window go full screen? Not "fake full screen," but full-on, PowerPoint style full screen mode? [more inside]
posted by josh.ev9 on May 30, 2006 - 16 answers

How do I get Sibelius Scorch to play more than one page of sheet music?

I've downloaded the Sibelius Scorch sheet music plugin for both Firefox and IE. When I purchase Scorch sheet music, Scorch only plays the first page, even though I've purchased the entire song. The back/forward page buttons are grayed out. I've downloaded several songs from different Web sites, and I always get the same result. This happens with both browsers. Any ideas?
posted by zembla3 on May 22, 2006 - 1 answer

Why won't my web pages load on the first try?

Why won't web pages load the first time I ask for them? [more inside]
posted by TedW on Apr 11, 2006 - 18 answers

running firefox with outlook web access

is there a way to make firefox work with outlook web access, in "premium" mode? [more inside]
posted by yonation on Feb 6, 2006 - 12 answers

Making a Firefox profile for my kid brother.

Can I make a profile in Firefox that will only surf to sites on an approved list? [more inside]
posted by katyggls on Dec 28, 2005 - 4 answers

Firefox and Streaming Video: No Can Do

Firefox 1.5 on Win XP refuses to play streaming video. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Dec 21, 2005 - 19 answers

Gullible is not in the dictionary

I'm using FireFox 1.07 for Windows XP. Previously, when I typed "dict [word]" into the address bar, FireFox would take me to the dictionary.com definition for [word]. Now typing in the same command just takes me to the first result of a Google search for "dict [word]," the same as if I typed anything into the address bar. Recently all my Firefox bookmarks disappeared as well. I haven't updated Firefox or changed anything that I know of. What happened, and how do I restore the old functionality?
posted by ludwig_van on Nov 29, 2005 - 10 answers

firefox

I downloaded the updates for Firefox and now the browser refuses to open. How can I get my life back?
posted by bamassippi on Aug 1, 2005 - 10 answers

Firefox Extension?

Firefox Filter: I can't believe I have to aske this question but I'm exasperated. When I highlight a word or phrase in Firefox and right click... [more inside]
posted by Heminator on Jun 25, 2005 - 3 answers

Have you used Camino? If so, what's it like?

Has anyone had experience with Camino? Does it make use of OS X services? I love Firefox, but I also love the "Make Stickie from Selection." Can both these great tastes taste great together?
posted by OmieWise on Dec 18, 2004 - 10 answers

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