Downloaded a file from a dubious source

Discussion in 'iMac' started by marcusosborne, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. marcusosborne macrumors newbie

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    I downloaded a file from a dubious source and when the download was complete the file appeared in my appplications folder as 'terminal'. Should I be worried or concerned? Is it someone attempting to get into my computer? Please advise, thanks
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    What did you try to download? I would delete it immediately.
     
  3. Kronie macrumors 6502a

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    Whats your "dubious source" is and what did you download? Inquiring mind want to know....
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Seems like there should be no question about it. If a file is supposed to be one thing and upon download it is another then trash it and secure-empty that trash.
     
  5. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    the "terminal" should be in the utilities folder of your application folder , if you look there and there is a app called "terminal" already, then just delete your dubious other "terminal" ,
    but it would be interesting to know what you tried to download and from where , as if it is really something like a virus who creates a terminal some might find that collectable as it would be one of the first known mac viruses :)
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    There are now viruses for Macs, only trojans and this would be one too.
     
  7. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    i just hoped it would have been the first one :( so i could have downloaded it too and put it on a memory stick and preserved it as the worlds first mac virus and maybe it would have become highly collectable in 30 years time or so :D
     
  8. unixfool macrumors 6502a

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    Another reason to not abuse admin privileges. If he happened to run that file and was a normal user, the file may not even execute, and if it does, it does so only with normal user privileges, which would isolate the issue somewhat. That wouldn't be a good predicament but wouldn't be as bad as the trojan gaining system access.
     

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