More and more people are being infected by Adware lately, especially since its creators have now expanded into the Apple universe. Adware is basically software that gets installed on your computer’s browser. In the best case scenario it causes endless popup menus to show up on every page that you open; in the worst case you are unable to browse the internet. This type of malware is often packaged together with other software installers. So if you notice that you are suddenly being bombarded with unwanted advertising and pop windows you were likely infected by software that you recently installed sometimes inadvertently.
Since Adware is not officially malware, most virus removal tools can’t detect and remove it. Luckily people have devised ways to remove it. I recently became infected with Downlite adware on a Macbook Pro and a Macbook Air and this is my story.
Apple released OS X 10.8.3 this week with a number of fixes and enhancements, including official support for Boot Camp for Windows 8. The update also brings with it the ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the App store by using the built-in iSight camera. Other enhancements include:
Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3 TB hard drive
fix for 2011 iMacs that suffer from audio stutter
fix for an issue that causes your desktop picture to change after logging out or restarting
ability for the Slideshow screen saver to display pictures located in a sub-folder
reliability improvements while using a Microsoft Exchange account in Mail
The new release also includes Safari 6.0.3 which itself addresses a number of fixes and adds a number of performance improvements. Some of these are: improved scrolling on Facebook and while zoomed in on a webpage, improved performance on web pages with plug-in content, and a fix for issue that could prevent Safari from restoring the last position on a webpage.
It has been reported by several sources that Google’s Street View will be coming to the web app tomorrow. Now that your iOS 6 no longer uses the Google Map App, iPhone and iPad users have no longer had access to the popular feature. You can access the app through your mobile Safari browser at maps.google.com.