file downloaded itself - possible virus?

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  1. codislife macrumors newbie

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    Earlier today, i was randomly browsing the internet when i happened to come across a site that automatically downloaded a file to my computer. I did not click on anything and, to my understanding, the site was completely normal.

    file downloaded: reimagerepairer.exe
    browser: google chrome

    is this a virus? seemed rather odd that it would download just by itself :| ... as soon as it downloaded, i went straight to the finder and trashed it. any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    As long as you were on OS/X you're totally fine. There are no viruses in the wild for it. The file you downloaded was a .exe which is a Windows only executable. Now if you're on Windows when you downloaded it, there is a possibility you have a virus.
     
  3. stridemat Moderator

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    As long as you didn't type in your Admin password you should be fine. It any case, it is probably a file specific to Windows.
     
  4. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    It’s an exe, so you have nothing to worry about. It looks like a spyware program.
     

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