apps dissapearing...virus?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by livinzlife, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. livinzlife macrumors newbie

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    My girlfriend called me(im away for the month) and said ichat dissapeared off of her dock. She couldnt find it in the apps menu either and said her apps were geekin out movin around by themselves. then today she says she find msn messenger in her apps folder and has never seen it before. she is the only one who uses this computer, whats the deal?
     
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  3. livinzlife thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well...things shouldnt be moving and dissapearing by themselves.
     
  4. kabunaru Guest

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    Are you really sure of that? There could've been somebody else in the house later who used her computer.

    or

    This could be a hacker that randomly deletes applications. Mac OS X could be hacked.
     
  5. livinzlife thread starter macrumors newbie

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    shes definately the only one who uses it...how can she avoid hacking and what risks are there now if thats the case
     
  6. kabunaru Guest

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    Does she have a Firewall on and does she use unprotected (no password) wireless network?
     
  7. livinzlife thread starter macrumors newbie

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    she uses an unprotected network, but shes like in the woods so its not like theres people around. she said she didnt have her firewall activated until tonight when i told her to check
     
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  9. Me1000 macrumors 68000

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    Her physical location is irrelevant when you are on the internet...

    hahahaha :D
     
  10. livinzlife thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so what risks is she at and why would someone bother just deleting ichat and installing messenger...what actions should i have her take
     
  11. Me1000 macrumors 68000

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    The firewall helps, but im not willing to say she was hacked...
    Did she actually see the icons moving around? If that was the case someone VNC'd/remote desktop'd into her machine, if she has screen sharing turned on that could be it... Especially if someone is inside your network.
     
  12. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    Bears then?
     
  13. kamiboy macrumors 6502

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    Happens to mine as well, coaxed her brother to get a iMac and programs also have a tendency to disappear under mysterious circumstances and it is left up to me get them back. For the life of me I do not understand how they manage to do this. The brother has gone back to wincrap, the traitor.
     
  14. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Yep...

    Set up a perimeter with lights and infra-red. A trip-wires connected to frag grenades, too.

    Hell, I'd just build a moat around her house. Or hire midgets with machetes.

    Or she could admit she pulled the apps off the dock on accident.
     
  15. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Because she did it and is trying to cover up her mistake.
     
  16. livinzlife thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well thanks for the people who are helping and all the people with the smartass comments are really cool. she said the apps will move around even when she has turned everything off like bt and airport so is it just a bug?
     
  17. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Does she have a physical internet connection or just the AirPort one? Tell her to turn off the base station completely and if things are still happening it's probably her.

    Repairing permissions is always a good thing.
     
  18. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Well if these things are moving around all by themselves then not so much bugs as creepy crawlies? ;)
     
  19. Switz213 macrumors 6502

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    Microsoft.....

    But yeah, turn off the airport... wait awhile and see what happens.
     
  20. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    It could be. Very hard to say unless you can actually see it.

    If she could upload a short clip of her screen to youtube, we
    might be better able to diagnose this.
     
  21. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    Is your sister running an account with admin privileges?
    Does she use a password?

    Ask her to search in Spotlight for iChat – it should be the top hit assuming she's using Leopard.
     
  22. Sky Blue Guest

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    Somebody has hacked her Mac and is deleting applications - 0%
    She moved stuff from the Dock by mistake and didn't realize Messenger installs with Office - 100%
     
  23. kabunaru Guest

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    This is possible. My friend who is a hacker/geek, can hack Mac OS X if he wants to over the unprotected wireless network and it took him an hour to do it. He said Mac OS X is not as secure as you think it is.
     
  24. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    What does he do to the computers once he's in? I'm fairly certain that it doesn't amount to "hacking" and is only the by-product of stupidity associated with running an open wireless network.
     
  25. The General macrumors 601

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    The burning question that has yet to have been answered:

    Does she literally see things moving around on her screen, right before her eyes?

    Your friend probably just setup screensharing and or ssh, afp, etc, and then went to another computer and used such features. He's pretty lame for doing it. I'd recommend you stop handing out with him.
     

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