Did i just download a virus?

Tom_from_myspace

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Dec 7, 2015
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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 it soon said "Flash drive outdated" and it automatically downloaded something.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
 

Ries

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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.
 
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Tom_from_myspace

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Dec 7, 2015
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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.
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.
 

Phil A.

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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.
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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