View Full Version : Random Administrative Password Prompt?

Apr 26, 2011, 05:47 AM
I have a white macbook 2.4GHz running Leopard. For some reason it will stop whatever I am doing and take me back to the log in page asking for my password. So far it has happened twice, while browsing my iTunes library and again while watching a YouTube video. After each time it happened I changed my password for fear of some kind of keylogger or something. Can someone please explain why it is doing this?

Apr 26, 2011, 05:53 AM
Have a look at Activity Monitor (Applications / Utilities /) and select All Processes and sort by Process Name to see what the culprit may be.

image below uses sorting by CPU as an example

Then press CMD+P to print the list and save as PDF and attach it here.

Apr 26, 2011, 06:06 AM
Do you have fast user switching enabled?

Apr 30, 2011, 01:55 PM
Virus? Its a way of allowing the program to run as your password is needed..

Apr 30, 2011, 01:58 PM
Virus? Its a way of allowing the program to run as your password is needed..

Mac Virus/Malware Info (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9400648&postcount=4) by GGJstudios (http://forums.macrumors.com/member.php?u=186377)
There are currently no viruses for Mac OS X in public circulation, only a handful of trojans and other malware, which have to be installed manually via entering the administrator password.
The only anti-virus you need to protect your Mac is education and common sense.
And entering your password during an application installation procedure is giving the installer access to system files and folders. Some kind of malware, most notoriously trojans, are installed that way.