[SOLVED] Apple Mac Automatically Defaults to Proxy

So I was helping a friend’s Mac and I came across this issue where his proxy will always default to a proxy. The issue with the proxy is that once it’s on it the internet won’t work. So I would turn it off, but after a restart it’ll automatically turn back on. I went ahead and researched for possible ways to fix the issues. I discovered the main cause of this was either Malware, Trojans, Adaware, Spyware that would change the proxy settings. One way of removing it was removing LaunchDaemons. Sadly, I was not familiar with what LaunchDaemons to keep or remove so I downloaded MalwareBytes. I ran a scan and the following threats came up:

  • /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.GlobalQuestSearchDaemon.plist
  • /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.GlobalQuestSearchP.plist
  • /Users/ps/Library/Application Support/com.GlobalQuestSearch
  • /Users/ps/Library/LaunchAgents/com.GlobalQuestSearch.plist
  • /var/root/.GlobalQuestSearch
  • /var/root/.mitmproxy

I went ahead and removed it, restarted the computer and viola! Issue was gone. I was surprised that MalwareBytes was effective on a Mac. Why was I surprised? When I was researching this issue I was also researching to see if MalwareBytes was recommended to combat this solution other users commented that any anti-virus or ant-malware solutions are pointless:

Don’t use any kind of “anti-virus” or “anti-malware” product on a Mac. There is never a need for it, and relying on it for protection makes you more vulnerable to attack, not less.Malware is always changing to get around the defenses against it. This procedure works as of now, as far as I know. It may not work in the future. Anyone finding this comment a few days or more after it was posted should look for a more recent discussion, or start a new one. 
Source: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7412100

And…

Anti-virus software definitely can do more harm than good. Seriously, just remove it all. There are many 20-year veterans here who have never, ever had AV software on their Macs. Just remove it.
Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/asued4/antivirus_software_doing_more_harm_than_good/

Despite the naysayers the MalwareBytes came through in the end to help solve this issue and improve my friends situation.  Luckily MalwareBytes is free for home use and you can use the free version to solve this problem here’s the link for the Mac download:

 

How to: Acura MDX 2007-2013 no power windows, sunroof, gas/fuel door or rear door fix

So recently my 2008 MDX rear windows stop working. We recently replaced driver side window switch but that didn’t fix the issue, so I was wondering what other issue it might be. With some research, I was able to pin point the issue to the MDX window wire harness  or the correct term known as the door sub-wire. Some owners might develop a combination of issues such as fuel door, sunroof, rear hatch, or various power windows not working.  My specific issue was the rear passenger and driver side windows were not going down. What’s my guess to what caused the door sub-wire to have issues? After 10 years, with enough opening and closing the doors the wires will develop fatigue and tear off.  Luckily, the wiring harness was cheap and it was a simple 10 minutes job for me.  I’ll show you how I fixed it.

What you’ll need:

How to: 

1. Make sure you have a replaceable door sub-wire. The lowest price I can find on the internet was from Amazon.com

 

2.  Locate the sub-wires. They will be located in the front left driver side, in between the door and the car.

View of the left sub-wire

View of the right of the sub-wire

3. Pull back the left side sub-wire rubber grommet and plug.

It should easily come off. Feel free to use some force. 

What it looks like pulled back.


Use your fingers or a flat head screw driver to push on the top of the plug so you can release it. Push down and pull the plug.

4. Pull back the right side of the rubber grommet and plastic retainer. The plastic retainer might be a little stubborn. This is where the flat head screw driver came in handy for me. I wedged it in between the plastic retainer and forced it out.

I found it easier to pull out the rubber grommet from the bottom.


The plastic retainer might be a little stubborn. What helped me was a flat head screwdriver to pry it out.

5. Unplug, the sub-wire’s green plugs and clip under the dash. They are right next to the e-brake pedal. It helped me tremendously to push down the e-brakes for more working space.

I made three red circles in this picture to show what needs to be unplugged. Two green plugs and one plastic retainer clip.

6.  Once everything is unplugged. Pull out the wires from the front. (Update: Optional, you can read about Opus method on using the fishing line method to simplify step 7. Look below at the comments or click here)

7.  When everything is pulled out, feed the new wire harness back in. I found this to be the most difficult task. It might take a little jiggling, pulling the wire out and pushing it back in so you can see it from under the dash. A flashlight came in handy for spotting the green plugs so I can maneuver them.

8.  Lastly, put everything back and you’re done!

The Culprit

As expected, the reason the rear windows were not working was because of a broken wire.

Best, Cheap, Reliable, and honest hosting for WordPress? Try NixiHost

Before I started this blog I was searching for a WordPress hosting company. The one’s I’ve used before were cheap in the beginning because of their “introductory rates” but eventually became too expensive when it came time to renew.  I didn’t want to start the next Google or Amazon. I just wanted a blog and didn’t want to spend that much money on it. I didn’t even know what I was going to do with this blog so why go all out? I decided to do my research and came across this company called NixiHost from /r/webhosting from Reddit. Prices were low, no gimmicks, no introductory rates, just honest and simple pricing.

Easy WordPress Installation

I decided to start with the basic hosting and was so surprised to find out how easy it was to start a WordPress. I remember the old days, back in 2008, where I had to download files from WordPress.org and then upload it onto my personal web host. The process took a good 2 to 3 hours of frustration since I was new to WordPress, web hosting, and FTP. Luckily with NixiHost I simply went to my cPanel, software tab, and then clicked on Softaculous Apps Installer. Once that page opens you can click on WordPress and it’ll painlessly give you an option install and setup the application.

Conclusion

After being a customer of NixiHost for 3 Years I had I’m happy with their webhosting. Their support team is always knowledgeable and helpful whenever I needed them. Amazing uptime and no surprise fees or pricing hikes.  If you want to sign up with NixiHost, click here.