Help! XP SecurityCenter Virus/Adware

Discussion in 'macOS' started by peterdactyl, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. peterdactyl macrumors newbie

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    Recently, when i try to go to digg.com, i get this thing that pops up saying that I might have a virus, then it has this weird search thing and ask me to download "xp securitycenter" to delete the viruses.


    how do i get rid of this????

    thanks for the help.
     
  2. gusious macrumors 65816

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    These are just pop ups... Don't worry about them. Mac can't get viruses or anything else. If you're using Safari open Safari->Block pop up windows on the menu bar and you'll be fine!
     
  3. pwn247 macrumors 6502

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    You don't have a virus. ;) Just enable your popup blocker in Safari Preferences, or use another browser (like Mozilla Firefox).
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Apple+W. It's a pop-up. You don't have a virus. As of yet, you can't get a virus. Don't think that you have one anymore until you hear of an OS X pandemic. Surf free!
     
  5. Turbojugend27 macrumors newbie

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    You guys sure about this?

    This never started happening to me, until after I tried viewing a video and it said you need to install a codec, I downloaded it, installed it (required my username and password) and since then. Ironically the codec was called Porn for Mac. Maybe I am just being paranoid?

    This happens when I start both firefox and Safari, go to various websites, the XP securiycenter opens before the pages even load. And like I said is completely random no matter what website I go to, even me.com or my own personal one that I have no advertising on.
     
  6. gusious macrumors 65816

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    Yup!:D
     
  7. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    you downloaded a trojan not a virus. there are a few trojans targeted at Mac OS X in the wild that need your admin password to infect you. look here on how to remove it.
     
  8. Turbojugend27 macrumors newbie

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    ok, thanks. I finally bought Leopard and was going to install it today anyway, that is why I tried that codec install. Seemed a little fishy but I had nothing to lose.
     

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