Is this a virus?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by macgeek2005, May 20, 2006.

  1. macgeek2005 macrumors 65816

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    The following appeared in my browser window when I opened a myspace message:

    Server Error in '/' Application.

    Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

    Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

    Exception Details: System.NulReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

    Source Error:

    An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and loaction of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

    Stack Trace:

    [NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.]
    com.ms.vjsharp.VJSEncoding.getEncoding(String enc) +82
    com.ms.vjsharp.lang.StringImpl.createString(SByte[] byteArray, Int32 offset, Int 32 count, String enc) +49

    etc etc etc. The stack trace goes on for a little while longer.
     
  2. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    Could be a java virus. Java viruses can get on any system that supports Java - if you're worried about it, download ClamXaV
     
  3. tag macrumors 6502a

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    Ok lets not jump the gun on the virus fears here. It's just a .NET web-application error. It has nothing to do with your system, but instead has to do with, in this case, myspace's web server.
     
  4. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    I bet I have a couple of Java viruses, not like they do anything though... I'm gonna download Clam and scan to see. When i get the results I'll post them. (Yes Macs can get Java viruses). I'm not saying it is a virus, but I'm not saying it isn't.- But I think your right, it is a .NET Web-app on MySpace
     
  5. macgeek2005 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Nothing happened to my computer. If it was a virus my computer ignored it.
     
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    First off, it is NOT a Virus.

    That word gets overused a lot.
    Second, MySpace pages use a lot of crap on them so who knows what it is.
     
  7. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a

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    Actually I think myspace was coded with crap.
     
  8. janey macrumors 603

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    myspace is crap.
     
  9. yg17 macrumors G5

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    For the win!


    Its just a regular server error.....I see them all the time. I still don't know why every time someone has a minor problem they immediately jump to the conclusion that they have a virus....especially with Macs.
     
  10. wyrmintheapple macrumors regular

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    You know how sometimes you get one of these messages:

    Error 404: Page is missing or something.
    Error 403: Permission Denied

    Well, instead of saying "Error 404" and telling you the page is missing, Microsoft's web language does....

    Server Error in '/' Application.

    Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

    Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

    Exception Details: System.NulReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

    Source Error:

    An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and loaction of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

    Stack Trace:

    [NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.]
    com.ms.vjsharp.VJSEncoding.getEncoding(String enc) +82
    com.ms.vjsharp.lang.StringImpl.createString(SByte[] byteArray, Int32 offset, Int 32 count, String enc) +49
     
  11. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I think people can't believe that Mac's don't have viruses and are flinching since they've used PC's for so long.
     
  12. someguy macrumors 68020

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    Yes, it is a virus. One simple error, now you're Mac is ****ed. :rolleyes:
     
  13. zach macrumors 65816

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    amazing how bad a mistake browsing myspace really is :p
     
  14. janey macrumors 603

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    i think people who do flinch are smarter than the people who automatically believe that Macs have no malware.

    That kind of attitude, combined with the fact that most people will give out passwords for something as insignificant as a cup of coffee, is why we're having such huge security issues to begin with.
     
  15. motulist macrumors 68040

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    macgeek2005, you gotta cool it with the virus claim. There are literally billions of problems that can happen to a computer that have nothing to do with a virus. This is how rumors start. Before you know it someone will post to some other forum that there was talk on this forum about a possible virus and then someone from that forum will post it to his blog and then it'll show up on engadget as a "Possible New Virus For Mac circulating?" and then because everyone will be gossiping about it some major news organization will get wind of the rumor and then see all the talk going on about that and take it as verification that there really is a virus and before you know about it you're reading an article in the wall street journal about how a new virus has surfaced for Macs and Apple's stock took a nose dive.

    You should NEVER EVER claim virus if you don't have any evidence of one. If you have a weird problem that you don't have any clue what it means that does not mean it's a virus. What you should do is make a post that says "Weird problem with XYZ when I ABC" and people will help you.

    Posting about possible viruses in your title is dangerous, spreads FUD, makes people ignore future virus claims because they heard so many cries of wolf that turned out not to be true, and makes your personal credibility and reputation decline. I don't want to be harsh here, but claiming virus is a serious thing that shouldn't be tossed around casually. Just a friendly word to the wise. ;)
     
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  18. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Given that it's a Microsoft Visual J# error (read the stack), I wouldn't get too worried about it. :rolleyes:
     
  19. MACDRIVE macrumors 68000

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    I know one thing for sure, after reading through this thread, I will never ever use the word 'virus'... woops! :eek: ... I just did - sorry. ;)
     
  20. hob macrumors 68020

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    Goddamn annoying though.
    As much as I hate the image of myspace, a lot of my friends are on it, and we use it to keep in touch (what with university scattering everyone across the country...), and I haven't been able to check my messages for 2 days now!

    Gah!!
     
  21. imacintel macrumors 68000

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    The only way to put the words "mac" and "viruses" together is if you put doesn't get in the middle.
     
  22. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

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    Was this English?
     

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