Resolved Do I have a virus?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Handle, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. Handle, Nov 13, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2014

    Handle macrumors regular

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    I noticed this about a week ago when I shutdown my MBA and restarted it. It only shows when first opening Chrome.

    Notice the "PH" Favicon on the blank page:

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    These are the only extensions I have installed:

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    Some type of virus?
     
  2. sjinsjca macrumors 68000

    sjinsjca

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    Virus? No.

    There's just a favicon from site you visited lingering around and being used by default. If you clear all history, I expect it'll go away.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    No, you don't have a virus. It's simply a favicon.

    Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 12 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing, as described in the following link.
    Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.
     
  4. Handle thread starter macrumors regular

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    Welp, that cured my "virus" lol :p


    But isn't that a bit odd? Why would some random favicon be used like that?
     
  5. sjinsjca macrumors 68000

    sjinsjca

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    Great news, thanks for the follow-up.

    As to the why of it, you'll have to ask the people who wrote the Chrome browser. It's its behavior.
     

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