Do I have a virus?

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  1. scuzzo84 macrumors newbie

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    My friend wrote me this:

    In any program (safari, excel, powerpoint
    etc. it will scroll down uncontrollably and sometimes
    when trying to type (for example in a search engine or
    a password to log in) it will type " 9.ol/ or
    something similar (but only using those particular
    characters). Also, sometimes it will just go in and
    out of the "window pane view" when I have multiple
    windows opened. It does all of this uncontrollably
    and/or at the same time. I remember that you told me
    to download all the security updates, I did this and
    was still having problems after. That was yesterday,
    and now today it is fine! What does that mean? You
    told me that viruses for MAC are rare, but could this
    be a virus? One more thing, I noticed that it started
    after I downloaded a large powerpoint file from
    someone elses USB. Could this file have had a virus?
     
  2. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    Rather unlikely. My computer does this occasionally when I'm using Safari...and then I realize that I have my elbow on the spacebar. Most likely scenario is that his keys are geting stuck, and he/she needs to clean their keyboard.
     
  3. psychofreak Retired

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    Its not that there aren't many viruses for macs (not MACS btw), its that there are none...

    Also you don't need to press 'enter' every few words...
     
  4. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    Oh, my bad... I thought they were trying to put this in verse, as opposed to prose. :p
     
  5. Peace macrumors P6

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    Sounds like a mouse or keyboard gone awry to me.
     
  6. jruc4871 macrumors regular

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    Are you saying that the virus is in the mouse and keyboard and not the computer?
     
  7. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    Yes, viruses tend to infect hardware like toasters, and keyboards. Just the other day, I found one in my coffee maker. Little bastard.
     
  8. jruc4871 macrumors regular

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    Did you buy that coffee maker on-line? You should be more careful next time.
     
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  10. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    Now you tell me! :mad:
     
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Is it too late in the thread for me to vote for the Num Lock key? It does reset itself when you reboot, 'shaknow.
     
  12. Peace macrumors P6

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    Duh.No..

    I'm saying it sounds like the mouse or keyboard has a problem.Get it?

    Funky mouse or keyboard.Numlock key stuck.Some other key stuck etc..

    :rolleyes:
     
  13. islandmonusvi macrumors newbie

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    "9.ol/ "
    Check your Keychain.app password for Safari... if you find those same characters then your Safari is definitely corrupted ...
     
  14. JBazz macrumors 6502

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    Oh, I think I am gonna have to borrow that line. LOl
     
  15. Angrist macrumors 6502

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    If you're on laptop ... make sure you haven't bumped the Num-Lock key.
    That'll turn on your embedded numberpad and some keyboard scrolling options.
     
  16. scuzzo84 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    He said that it happens randomly and that it types the same pattern all the time. Here is a screentshot

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Does he use a Wired or Wireless keyboard & mouse?
     
  18. scuzzo84 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hes uses his laptop kb and touchpad
     
  19. Superdrive macrumors 6502a

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    What was the point in removing the address in the picture when you left one in the titlebar?

    BTW, my vote is for a corrupted Keychain/Safari.
     
  20. runplaysleeprun macrumors 6502a

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    btw, I love the Torrent app followed by Alias and Nacho Libre. Both could possibly be legit, but, I'm a pessimist. call the RIAA! (or whoever the hell does tv and movies)
     
  21. RacerX macrumors 65832

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    So the characters include "9", "o", "l" and "."... hmmm...

    :rolleyes:

    My question would be, when did he drop a book on his keyboard?

    That is a sign of impact damage on a keyboard, and the only way to fix it is to have it replaced. If it is intermittent and he can live with it for a while, then it is time to start saving up those pennies.
     
  22. runplaysleeprun macrumors 6502a

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    Your right, they form a line down the keyboard! Maybe it was liquid damage, a stream from the top down messing up the circuits?
     
  23. psychofreak Retired

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    Don't forget RealPlayer, a crime against humanity...
     
  24. scuzzo84 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    if it is the keychain app safari thing, how would I go about wiping it or fixing it?
     

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