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As I said up there my mac acts strange. When I connect to any wifi network(network name or type is irrelevant), a webpage opening in my default browser(I tried and changed default browser but no luck. Same thing keeps happening.) which is called "http://vodafonemobile.wifi". This started when I installed Vodafone 3G Wifi Modem Software to my computer. Uninstalled it but no luck neither.

Anyone knows how can I stop this thing? It is really annoying.

Thanks.

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It seems like Vodafone's Mac driver is made by novamedia.de

So:

  1. Open the terminal and type

    sudo su
    

    and give your password when prompted.

  2. Relocate the Vodaphone drivers

    mkdir /var/root/junk/
    mv /usr/local/bin/VMRServer /var/root/junk/
    mv /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/de.novamedia.VMRServer.plist /var/root/junk/
    
  3. Then if you feel like it, use mv command on all the below as illustrated above for VMRServer:

    /private/var/db/BootCaches/20B0A940-FBCA-4880-A74D-40988C242D7A/app.de.novamedia.DeInstaller.playlist
    /private/var/db/BootCaches/20B0A940-FBCA-4880-A74D-40988C242D7A/app.de.novamedia.Vodafone Mobile Broadband.playlist
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.helperTools.Uninstaller.pkg.bom
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.helperTools.Uninstaller.pkg.plist
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.helperTools.VodafoneUpdateManager.pkg.bom
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.helperTools.VodafoneUpdateManager.pkg.plist
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.opcofiles.LauncherSettings.pkg.bom
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.opcofiles.LauncherSettings.pkg.plist
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.opcofiles.Opcos.pkg.bom
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.opcofiles.Opcos.pkg.plist
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.TechnologyBase.bom
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.TechnologyBase.plist
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.vmrServerInstaller.de.novamedia.VMRServer.pkg.bom
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.vmrServerInstaller.de.novamedia.VMRServer.pkg.bom
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.vmrServerInstaller.de.novamedia.VMRServer.pkg.plist           
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.vmrServerInstaller.de.novamedia.VMRServer.pkg.plist
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.vmrServerInstaller.VMRServer.pkg.bom
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.vmrServerInstaller.VMRServer.pkg.bom
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.vmrServerInstaller.VMRServer.pkg.plist
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.vmrServerInstaller.VMRServer.pkg.plist
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.Vodafone Mobile Broadband Base.bom
    /private/var/db/receipts/de.novamedia.Vodafone Mobile Broadband Base.plist
    
  4. Remove vodafonemobile.wifi from your hosts file:

    1. In the terminal, type

      sudo vi /etc/hosts

    2. Cursor to the line that says

      192.168.1.1     vodafonemobile.wifi
      
    3. Press D,D

    4. Press Escape,:wq!,Enter

    (you have to do this at step 4 because VMRServer just recreates this entry if you delete it.)

  5. Reboot your machine

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What exactly is all this doing, and why are you moving the files to some random folder instead of removing them? –  Darth Android Oct 21 '13 at 19:22
    
Step 1 turns you into ROOT. Step 2 removes the daemon or faceless background application and places it in a folder /var/root/junk Step 3 gets rid of the config files and other stuff associated with vodafone, and puts it in the same place as step 2. Step 4 removes the permanent DNS association of vodafonemobile.wifi with the IP address 192.168.1.1 (or 0.1, as the case may be). Step 5 ensures that the daemon does not respawn or reload. The reason to move the stuff to /var/root/junk, in other words, in a folder called "junk" in the root user's home, is just in case you want to undo these changes –  user265664 Dec 6 '13 at 8:52

If your default browser is safari, go to Safari > Preferences > general. Here you will find the homepage. You can set it to whatever url you want.

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That applies to most browsers where you can change the default page opened on startup. –  heiglandreas May 30 '13 at 9:48

Go to Applications Folder, there's a directory called Vodafone Utilities. In there you'll find an app called "Uninstaller" or something like that -- run that and boom, that annoying thing is gone!

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The software probably didn't uninstall properly.

Either re-install then uninstall the software again or do a system restore to the point where the software was originally installed in the first place.

Failing that, do a registry search for the link and remove and keys where the value is 'vodafonemobile.wifi'*

*Be careful when modifying the registry.

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OS X doesn't have a registry, but the page could be opened by a background process started by a plist in {~,}/Library/Launch{Agents,Daemons}. –  ؘؘؘؘ Jul 16 '13 at 11:30

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