Avast Web URL Mal Warning

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  1. TRDGT4Writer, Sep 27, 2015
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    TRDGT4Writer macrumors regular

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    I'm trying to find the request.saferbrowsingcache.com/users on my hard drive and I can't seem to find it and delete it. Only 4 results pop-up and nobody knows where it is. I was hoping someone can save me as it's driving me crazy. I can't format the hard drive because it's a company laptop and I don't mind doing it the long way. I never visited such a site so I'm confused as where I got it from. I only went to Hulu, NBC, CBS, Warner Bros, FOX, and any well-known sites.

    By the way, Avast doesn't know either and they suggested to format my hard drive. This is NOT an option.



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    Those are all Windows infections or warnings which have absolutely no impact on your Mac nor can they harm the Mac in any way except annoy you with those alerts. Uninstall Avast (unless your company requires that you run it) and that should get rid of it. Go to the Avast web site and get their uninstall instructions. Don't drag Avast to the Trash as that will not get rid of it.
     
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    Thanks! What Anti-virus would you highly recommend?
     
  4. chscag macrumors 68000

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    Most folks who have been using Macs for some time will tell you that none is required. There are no viruses in the wild that can infect your Mac, however, there is malware that you need to be aware of. There are a number of anti malware apps that are available and most are free. "Malwarebytes anti-malware.app" is the one I use and recommend by Macworld.

    If you must use an AV app, download ClamXav. Anti Virus software for the Mac is only going to identify Windows viruses which can't harm your Mac. It is possible for a Mac user to pass a Windows virus attached to an email to a Windows user which may be a reason to use something like ClamXav to scan your Mac. ClamXav is not intrusive and will not slow down or interfere with your Mac's computing ability. AV software such as Avast or Norton will take its toll on your Mac and may actually interfere with your other software.
     
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    Actually, I don't recommend either one. At one time I would recommend ClamXav since it was free and non intrusive, however, it's no longer free and not worth spending money on. Sophos use resources and is not recommended. Don't worry about viruses that can't infect you. If you're working for a company or in a university environment that requires you to use an AV app, then use the one they recommend. (You have no choice.)
     

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