Brand New Mac already has a virus...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by greyfly, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. greyfly macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2015
    So, I recently got a MacBook Pro and I was just watching youtube videos on Safari when I got a pop-up saying I have 3 porn viruses from Mac Cleaner. The only thing I did was download a decade old torrent (which I doubt had any viruses) and watch alittle bit of porn on porn hub (where I got popups but quickly closed them). What do I do?
  2. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2015
    Mukilteo, WA USA
    watch more porn
  3. Mjcarlin907 macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2015
    Kailua Kona, HI
    You don't have a virus you have malware. Simple solution quit watching porn or download adware medic and adblocker plus.
  4. wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    AdwareMedic is now Malwayrebytes for Mac. Still free, still great.

    Try Malwarebytes for Mac next time you think you have adware. It's super fast and free. I noticed it won't find ZipCloud, which will jack you up, too. Don't use MacKeeper, either.

    If you get 'locked up', force quit Safari, then launch it while holding the shift key, and that should free you up. Then go to Safari Preferences, delete any extensions you don't know, remove website data until it's clean, and download Malwarebytes for Mac. If that doesn't find anything (or even if it does), keep cleaning the following:

    Click Finder, on top of screen, click Go, then hold Option key and select the Library folder.
    - Get rid of unknown items in LaunchAgents
    - Delete folder
    - While you're in here, might as well delete all files in Caches folder, which most people have full of crap.

    Go to Mac HD > Library and delete unknown items in:
    - LaunchAgents
    - LaunchDaemons
    - StartUpItems

    Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items
    - Highlight any items you don't know or don't want to auto launch, and click '-' (minus) button. If they say (All users), you'll need to unlock the lock first.

    Now, restart Mac and first thing after login, delete trash.
    Test Safari... no more popups or adware.
  5. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    To neutralize this virus you need to watch more porn, but of the opposite nature...

    There are no viruses for mac.
    Don't download torrents.

    Download any malware app from the apple app store to scan for malware (I doubt you have any)
  6. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    This is most likely a troll post.

    In the event that it's not, you probably do not have a virus. You probably had an advertisement for Mac cleaner, nothing more. I hope you didn't actually download it.
  7. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia

    And spreading misinformation like that is why the Mac user base is ripe for the pickings by any semi-competent malware author who actually decides to target the platform.
  8. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Name one mac virus please.
  9. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    No doubt you're going to claim "oh no that's not a virus, hurrr" (it's a worm).

    Thunderstrike 2

    to name but two, that can live in your firmware.

    Safari has fallen at virtually every pwn2own contest in recent memory

    I will grant that there aren't many things active in the wild targeting Macs at the moment, but the cavalier attitude of "you have a mac there are no viruses!" is just asking to be owned, hard when there actually is.

    If you're not on the look out for malware because you assume you're safe, you're going to get owned sooner or later.
  10. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    In short: you can't even name a single mac virus ... as to be expected ...
  11. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005

    Wait, so you're basing this information on a popup?

    Firstly, you don't have a virus. Secondly - you may not have anything at all. It's possibly just a pop-up. Did you install this "Mac Cleaner" application yourself? Because it's certainly not part of the standard install.

    Run Malwarebytes for Mac.

    Read your install pages when you install 3rd party software. uTorrent actually asks if you want to install adware on your machine. If you just click yes to everything then you've installed the adware yourself. Also, always be wary of any popup advising that you need to download something to watch a video etc. They're almost always dodgy.

    While there are no Mac viruses in the wild, there is malware. The good thing is, it can't get on without you actually putting it there in the first place. The bad news is, if you're not vigilant it's pretty damned easy to do just that.
  12. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Just because there are no "viruses" currently in the wild for the Mac doesn't mean I am not on the lookout for malware/adware
    They are two different things entirely, and I am very diligent not to click links in email, download sketchy files, or use my Admin password to install unknown items

    Typically these threads are frequented by fear mongers who have a condescending attitude towards us misinformed and unfortunate fanboys warning us "the end is near" or "the sky is falling".

    I have used Macs since an old Mac SE in around 1988 (yes, I am that old)
    I have yet to have any virus, worm or anything else infect my computer
    The worst thing I have had happen was installing Norton Antivirus which totally effed up my Mac and I had to do a clean install

    I am not naive enough to believe there will never, ever be a problem with Macs and software/hardware exploits
    Worms are an increasing issue, malware/adware is rampant

    But I am not going to piss my pants every time someone gets a popup in their browser saying they have a problem
  13. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Just because they don't have cute names...


    In the wild, doesn't rely on user being dumb... no patch from Apple yet.

  14. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
  15. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    By that thinking, there are very few PC viruses these days either.

    You can play with words if you want, but the thing that matters is whether or not your machine (and/or data) is vulnerable to getting owned. And these days, Macs are also vulnerable to getting owned. You can either accept this and deal with it, or stick your head in the sand until you get owned.
  16. inhalexhale1 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    Ridgewood, NJ
    Brand new Mac!
    Step 1: watch porn
    Step 2: panic over malware
  17. BoneDaddy Suspended


    Jan 8, 2015
    The only way you can get a virus on a mac, is if it piggy backs on seman. Next time use a sock. Sticky keys doesn't fall under Apple warranty, by the way.
  18. chipchen macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2002
    Mac Cleaner itself is pretty much a virus. It's a scam run by Russians.

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