Help, i think I have a virus in my trash

Discussion in 'macOS' started by delmar93, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. delmar93 macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2008

    I think i may have a virus in my trash can. it's got funny characters that says "nul" over and over. see attached pictures

    when i delete my trash, it goes away, but always comes back mins or secs later.

    if i try to move the file, or get info, it disappears. it's very sneaky. but it always comes back

    Any help would do. Thanks a bunch!

    I have a Mac Pro 2.6Ghz, 5gigs of ram, a few hard drives but everything else is stock.

    OS 10.5.4 with all the updates. also running bootcamp XP SP2 on a separate hard disk.

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  2. Tosser macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    Right-click on it, choose "show original", and put that one in the trash. Then Force empty the trash can.
  3. delmar93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2008

    thanks for helping,

    i can't find a "show original". i've tried to secure empty trash and it says it's deleting 12 items, even through it's just that one file, and after it still comes back.

    Maybe it's time for a format soon, pain in my butt

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  4. Tosser macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    Pull it out on your desktop to see if it allows you to "show original" if placed there.
    I get the "deleting x files", usually four, when I delete some downloaded movies.

    I'm pretty sure it will continue to come back, unless you delete the original.
    Otoh, it could be OS X, merely intepreting it as an alias.
    But drag it out on your desktop, then try the rightclicking again.
  5. delmar93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2008
    as soon as i try to drag it out of the trash it disappears. i tried the copy and paste, then it'll disappear.

    i've searched the internet looking for a "nul virus". i think i may be the first!
  6. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    It isn't a virus. You should look up what a virus is in the dictionary before jumping to conclusions like that!

    Your problem is the exact same kind of scenario as this thread I found on a Google search of "OS X Trash won't delete file".

    Google is a powerful thing ;)
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you don't understand something that's happening on your Mac, your first assumption should be that you don't understand something, NOT that you have a virus! There are no viruses that run on Macs.
  8. delmar93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2008
    awesome, thank you, i will try this when i get back to my computer!!
  9. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Wow, ends up the OP was right - it was a virus .. called Windows ;)
  10. Quillz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    Windows is an operating system, not a virus.

    In all seriousness, this has happened before on my system, and I eventually killed it off by continually securely emptying the Trash.
  11. maxrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2006
    It's not a virus, it's just a messed up file. You need to repair your disk drive.

    I'm getting sick of these people thinking every weird problem is a virus. It should be bannable.
  12. Riemann Zeta macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2008
    I thought it was hilarious, myself: there's a virus over there in the trash...yikes! Come to think of it, there are probably billions of viruses in the trash. Clearly, certain individuals need to rediscover a sense of humor.

    Seriously, though, a had a ghost file like that for a long time, but in reverse. There was a file on root of my Vista partition called ._.' that could not be deleted in Vista, under OS X (via an NTFS writing layer) and was resistant to all known chkdsk algorithms. I just couldn't get rid of the bloody thing--Administrator, sudo, root, all powerless to vanquish the poltergeist. Eventually I upgraded to Windows 2008, so it died with the format, but I still have no clue where the hell it came from.
  13. EV0LUTION macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2008

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