Did i just download a virus?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Tom_from_myspace, Mar 28, 2017.

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  1. Tom_from_myspace macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone

    So I was on a webpage (blogspot) and it redirected me to another website similar to the apple page. it soon said "Flash drive outdated" and it automatically downloaded something. (I use google chrome). so i panicked and quickly exited out, and i deleted the file in the download section on chrome. I didn't click on it so i have no idea what it was. But i notice when i looked at my downloads on my "My computer", the file was there and it said some weird name. so i quickly deleted it and permanently deleted it from trash. at this moment i am now running sopho on my mac. what do you guys think? am i panicking too much? Should i be more concerned? that fact that i downloaded something that i am not aware of is scary.

    I still use macbook pro from 2011 and i have version 10.11.6
     
  2. killawat macrumors 65816

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    Nah man you're good, especially if you didn't execute the download.
     
  3. bbrks macrumors 65816

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  4. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Sounds fine, though you can run a scan through MWB for Mac if you're concerned: https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac-download/

    This'll only take a minute to scan. There are very few points of infection on a Mac.
     
  5. Ries macrumors 68000

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    It is highly likely malware, but since you didn't open it (or safari automatically opened it, there has been expolits were just opening it would infect you), it didn't get installed. So I think you're safe.
     
  6. Tom_from_myspace thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay so when i looked in my finder>download. the file was there but i deleted it and i permanently deleted from my trash. does that mean the file was already installed to my computer? or do i have to click it in order for it to be installed? sorry if i'm reaching, I have high anxiety. especially if it comes to computers lol. I hate how google chrome just downloads instantly without asking lol.
     
  7. elf69 macrumors 68000

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    You should be fine.

    there are several spoof flash players out there.

    flash player pro being very common.
     
  8. Winterfibre macrumors regular

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    Should be fine, you never clicked on it, to open it, so you have noting to worry about.
     
  9. Phil A. Moderator

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    Just downloading it wouldn't do any harm at all - if you'd run it then it would be a different matter!
     

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