Anti-Spyware

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by UniPleb, May 25, 2010.

  1. UniPleb macrumors newbie

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    I have reason to believe there's spyware on my mac.
    Can anyone recommend a good anti-spyware-tool? Preferably freeware?
     
  2. UniPleb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have a tool called 'peer guardian' installed, which blocks unwanted communication. However even when I have no browser or other applications running, peer guardian picks up and blocks communication attempts.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Assuming your machine is connected to the internet, I don't see why this is cause for alarm. Happens all the time. What kind of "communication attempts" are you talking about?
     
  4. UniPleb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Peer guardian just blocks communication to a certain port and reports it as suspected spyware in the log window.
     
  5. darkplanets macrumors 6502a

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    Haven't used it myself, but try MacScan; its freeware but you can't select exact folders to scan w/o a license-- you'll be forced to scan the whole HDD.
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You have no reason to believe that there's spyware on your Mac. Just because you don't understand your system doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with your system. For one thing, for there to be spyware on your computer, it would have been you who installed it.
     
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    that could be any number of things though. we need actual specifics for information. have you tried LittleSnitch - its pretty good at letting you know whats doing what.
     
  8. UniPleb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am very sorry to have insulted you with my foolish choice of words.
     
  9. UniPleb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've got LittleSnitch installed. However I couldn't point out the source yet.
    I admit it could very well be due to my limited knowledge regarding this kind of problem.
    I was hoping an anti spyware tool could help me with that.
     
  10. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    haha dont worry we all have those times. ive not used it before, but i hear it works great. maybe post a few screen shots of little snitch running? or anything else suspicious. everything helps.
     
  11. UniPleb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, false alarm.
    I did a little research and apparently the blocked access is part of 'rendevous'.
    So although it was 'unwanted communication', it wasn't spyware after all.
    However when I ran MacScan, a bunch of tracking cookies were discovered.
    So at least it was good for something.
    Thanks for your help guys!
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Spend a little time following the link I posted and it could save you "false alarms" in the future.
    Tracking cookies are normal. They're not spyware. You get them when you visit most websites.
     
  13. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    ok glad that everything is ok :) macs are normally pretty safe unless you are silly and download stupid things.
     

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