Is this a virus?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by besler3035, Jun 21, 2005.

  1. besler3035 macrumors 6502

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    I checked out my Preferences folder today to get rid of a few things, and saw a document labeled as "cf#JOsIG"

    I'm wondering if this is one of those AIM viruses for Windows computers, and if so, I'd love to delete it :)

    Can one of you please tell me what in the world this is?
     
  2. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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  3. Flying Llama macrumors 6502a

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    There are no viruses on Mac OS X...
    Open it with textedit, I'm curious now!

    llama :p
     
  4. besler3035 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I can't open the file, because it can't be opened by a Mac application (at least on my system). The icon is just a generic paper icon, usually used when the application isn't installed or if it's a different kind of file that the computer doesn't recognize (.EXE perhaps).

    I'm not too worried about it, as I haven't seen any change in my computer's performance. It's supposedly been there since May 20th, when I installed Tiger on my system (or upgraded to 10.4.1, can't remember). It's in the user preferences. So if anyone else wants to check this out, go to User>Library>Preferences and see if it's there.
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I don't have it in my preferences.

    Just out of interest, how big is it?
     
  6. Nermal Moderator

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    Drag it onto the TextEdit icon.
     
  7. besler3035 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Did that, here's what it says:

    bplist00Ö _AgentLastLaunched_Theme.UnreadArticleHeaderColor_ Theme.UserParam.SafariPrefStyles]MaxDaysToKeep]GroupCriteria_#Theme.HighlightUnreadArticleHeaders>ÌmOG typedstream?è„@„„„NSColor„„NSObject…„c„ffffƒ?~þÿƒ?†‡ƒ>”•†_?.unread .author { color: rgb(99.607841%,52.549023%,14.509805%); } .unread .date { color: rgb(99.607841%,52.549023%,14.509805%); }Ñ _$55BD5329-3661-48C5-9139-671A7B69668E§Pd_'http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/rss/news )Jm{‰¯´þ‚„‡®¶¸º»½çè

    So, by the looks of things, it has something to do with ESPN.com, Safari, and RGB color. So I guess it's nothing to worry about, but I'd still like to know what it is. The size of the file is 4 KB.
     
  8. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Well, a quick way to see if its important. Throw it in the trash , Don't empty. Now go about your day using your machine, and if you that you have to set something back up then that might be what the file is for. Judging on that text you posted its a Safari preference file. RSS for ESPN.com it looks like, its pointless IMO.
     
  9. besler3035 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, I trashed it (not emptied) and went on to ESPN.com and everything's fine on the main website, including the RSS version of it. So I guess everything's okay...I'll hold on to it for the day and see if I notice any changes or anything.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  10. darkwing macrumors 65816

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    I think it might be a cookie. Maybe Safari messed up and put it in the wrong place?

    Steven
     
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Sounds to me like it was just a temp file that was created during writing to another file (like the plist that holds bookmarks info for Safari) and was not deleted because the task was interrupted. It happens occasionally, and temp files usually have weird names like that.
     
  12. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Upload it to this site: Linkety

    Best site ever for those of us with no anti-virus protection :D
     
  13. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    For security reasons, Safari probably COULDN'T HAVE put it in the wrong place. Oh well. Repair permissions, yada yada yada.
     
  14. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Safari wouldn't have put it in the wrong place, but Safari does have permission to write to the prefs folder, and it's entirely possible that it saved some sort of temp file there and then didn't delete it (perhaps because it crashed--that's usually the cause of leftover temp files). I'd have expected it to put files like that in with its cache files (which, I believe, are in Application Support), but there might be a reason that file's listed as a pref instead.

    Certainly nothing untoward, though.
     
  15. besler3035 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Whoops...accidentally emptied my trash a little while ago. Nothing's been effected though, so I guess it was just something taking up 4 KB worth of space. :D
     
  16. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Oh well. Bookmark that site though-- amazingly handy for uploading stuff that your Windows buddies send you.
     
  17. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    That would make a gangsta' widget. :D
     

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