Help!!! I got a virus or something from Safari 4.0.5 update

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  1. Halamolo macrumors regular

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    Everything was fine. Then I ran the software update and there was Safari 4.0.5 and I decided to update. After my iMac had restarted, the OS went complitely berserk. :eek:

    If I click the dropdown menus, they start to flicker and run trough over and over again by itself and I can´t click anything. My mouse buttons do straight things, bring up the finder and then I can´t even go through the folders. I can´t write with my keyboard, it just gives me random letters and I can´t delete them. I mean the computer went complitely crazy. I´ve never seen anything like this and I´ve used this iMac perfectly now almost two years.

    Everything is just flashing, flickering, jamming, cursor disapperaring and doing straight things, I can´t do pretty much anything. :(

    This has to be a virus, right?

    Please help!
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    If you would have had Mac OS 8 or 9, it could be a virus, but since there are none/no/zero viruses for Mac OS X, it is not a virus.

    Can you repair permissions via Disk Utility?
    What Mac OS X version do you have?

    Do you still have your gray restore DVDs or the Snow Leopard upgrade DVD?
     
  3. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    My computer acts weird every time I do an update like this too. Sometimes as simple as no sound... anyway, I just shut it off. Power it back up, wait for the chime, hold shift, start it up in safe mode, then restart. Solves the problem every time. I have no idea what the problem that causes this is but its no biggee. BTW, if anyone tells you that you have a virus on your OS X machine... tell them, THEY DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA OF WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT! :D
     
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    Please show us the LIGHT and give us prove of any existing VIRUS for Mac OS X.

    Please, I dare you.
     
  5. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    Generally confused by your response.... I am agreeing that there are no viruses.... :confused:
     
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    Then you writing
    was sarcasm. I see.

    Should have known that, as I use it a lot too.
     
  7. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    It was a throw back joke to one of my first posts that I thought maybe one person might get. Sorry if it caused any problems... I did apologize to the poster I called crazy in that post. Anyway, no blood, no foul.

    I am curious to know what you guys think of this article:


    http://www.sophos.com/pressoffice/news/articles/2006/02/macosxleap.html

    Is it total bs?
     
  8. spinnerlys Guest

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    You did not cause any problems, just sometimes those references get lost due to the amount of members here. We are a city. A big one.

    Also why do you think the article is BS?

    It has the word "virus" in its title, but refers to the threat as worm.
    Both are not the same.

    Computer virus
    Computer worm
     
  9. calderone macrumors 68040

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    No, it is not B.S. The only problem is with the classification. Sophos didn't want to call it a Trojan, and they are mostly right.

    There may be thousands of viruses for Mac OS X, the problem is that there is no easy way to distribute them without user interaction. Cluley from the article said it:

     
  10. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    Because I misread a line... thought he was saying it was a virus but he was pointing out difference between viruses and worms... whoops....
     
  11. spinnerlys Guest

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    GGJstudios, where the smeg are you and your post???

    There are several malware applications for Mac OS X.

    Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, most rootkits, spyware, dishonest adware, crimeware and other malicious and unwanted software.


    So show me the Mac OS X viruses, I mean if there are thousands of them, it shouldn't be that hard, should it?

    Please educate yourself.

    And wouldn't you think, that if there is a Mac OS X VIRUS, we wouldn't get beaten to death with that by Windows fanboys?
     
  12. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Well, it is a virus if you use Sophos classification:

     
  13. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    Oh god... I think I started another fight.... what are the odds of that?
     
  14. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Can you read? I said: There could be, meaning potentially. For example, I am sure there are some viruses that have been written and tested, but there is no good way to get them out there. That was the take away message, which you obviously missed.

    Could does not mean there are or there exists. Get over yourself.
     
  15. spinnerlys Guest

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    Very high on those matters.

    But I shut up now, I don't want to derail this thread.

    Halamolo, are you still here?


    Ups.

    And yes. Could does not mean is.

    Btw, I'm curious now, and maybe even ignorant, but how can one write a virus for an OS like Mac OS X and not deploy it? Can it count as a virus then?
    It's not meant as belittling or something like that, it is honest curiosity.
     
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  17. calderone macrumors 68040

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    To the OP:

    You do not have a virus. Try the following things:

    1. Repair Permissions
    2. Reinstall the update: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL877

    Report back if the problems aren't cured.

    I will respond to the other matters via PM.
     
  18. Halamolo thread starter macrumors regular

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    I found out the problem. No viruses, wrong alert!

    It was the Gamepad Companion, which I recently installed. Somehow after the Safari update installation it went haywire. Don´t know why would Safari update affect it in anyway, but it did. I had to restart it and everything is fine again.

    That was really scary time though.

    Thanks for the help guys anyway! :)
     

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