"antimalwareguard" virus?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nerdxlovee, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. nerdxlovee macrumors newbie

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    I've got a Mac OS X, and just yesterday I opened up Safari to a little pop-up warning me, "Your computer may be infected! We can run a test!", sent by a site called "antimalwareguard.". Although I know it's a virus, I have no idea how to destroy it. Every website I click on that gives me instructions on how to remove it pertains to Windows.

    Is there an easy [and free?] way to get rid of this virus? It's not showing up as a file, unless it's hiding under another name. So far, this has only happened yesterday and hasn't repeated itself, but I'm pretty sure it didn't just disappear. I'm also not incredibly computer-savvy, like I get the vague idea of everything, I'm just not not a total wiz at it.

    Help would be greatly appreciated. :]
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    It's not a virus, and you're not infected with anything.

    It's just an annoying and deceptive marketing tactic. What the site does is use Javascript to pop up a dialog box to tell you you're infected (it pops up the box automatically -- it doesn't actually have any means of testing to see if you're infected) so that it will scare you and cause you to buy their software.

    Ignore it. Turn the pop-up blocker on (in Safari, it's in the Safari menu, I think) And if you went to a legitimate site (i.e. not porn or warez) when you got the pop-up, send a note to the site admin asking them to discontinue using that ad. But it's pretty rare for legitimate sites to use those ads anymore.
     
  3. nerdxlovee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay thanks, I'll take your advice. But, as for the legitimate site thing you said, it popped up when I opened up Safari to my homepage, which is set to Google. That's why I thought it was pretty suspicious.
     

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