Have I got a virus or malware etc?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by bluewomble88, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. bluewomble88 macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2009

    I've had my new MacBook Pro for a couple of days now. Never had a Mac before. I've been getting to know it and also installed Adobe CS6 and MS Office on it.

    I've noticed the last few hours in my Downloads folder in Finder there are 2 files there...


    I deleted them and went about my business. Then a while later I looked inside the same folder and they were back. I deleted them again.
    I've also been unable to pinch/zoom or swipe backwards through pages in Safari. I restarted the machine and now all is well again.
    The only thing I chose to override the security and install was "Slimbatterymonitor". I have since deleted it (I presume by 'ejecting' it once I've right-clicked on the desktop icon is enough for this?)
    Anyway, should I be worried?

    The swf files haven't shown up again so far. I'm just so scared of getting a virus or something. Thanks for the replies.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, you don't have malware. .swf files are flash files. They are not harmful to your Mac.

    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.

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