HELPP!!! I need only the smartest Mac users. (malware on my Mac?)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cdub123, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. cdub123 macrumors newbie

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    I really need help on this one. I'm sorry if I posted this in the wrong section, as I am new to this site. I also don't know much about computers, so i'm just preparing you.

    I think I have a spyware/malware virus on my Mac. I have the Newest version of the white macbook, before it changed to silver. I'm running on Leopard. So if I google things with my toolbar, it will give me my search results and then if I go to click on a certain website, it will redirect me to a different site. Then this popup will come up and say dowload spyware protection software, and I always press cancel, then it looks like its downloading something, but I always X it out. I was wondering if there is any software I can download to get rid of this. By the way I'm running Safari 4.

    Will this go away if I get Sno Lepoard, or after the next software update???

    Please help me.

    Thanks Again!!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There are no viruses that exist that run on Mac OS X. You do not have a virus. If you have installed software from questionable sources, you could possibly have a trojan, but the likelihood is slim. It sounds more like you're visiting a website with bogus pop-ups that fake virus detection. What is the site where you experience this?
     
  3. MasterDev macrumors 65816

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    Most likely it was a prompt that looked like windows XP. Don't even worry about it.
     
  4. cdub123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    it isn't really one site, this has happened to me multiple times over the past week. Not exactly from the same website.

    Yes that what it was.. It looked like windows XP. Do you have any further information on this??
     
  5. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    If you've been to some questionable porn sites you may have downloaded a trojan that effed up your DNS settings.


    Install any "special" video codecs lately?
     
  6. borcanm macrumors regular

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    Download firefox (if you can) and see if it still happens. All try running software update if your Leopard isnt up to date. There are know spy wares for macs. Dont think snow leopard will fix it.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You're fine. Even if you download something, you would have to install it and enter your administrator password before it could do any harm. Can you do a screen capture of the window that pops up?
     
  8. MasterDev macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, it's that windows police pro spyware crap. It will have NO EFFECT on your mac whatsoever. Just an annoying popup.
     
  9. cdub123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I lent my computer to my friends last weekend, I have no idea what they did on it..

    If I have a trojan horse on my Computer do you know any way of getting this off??
     
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  11. cdub123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm not exactly a mac expert..but I can copy and paste the popup for you
     
  12. MasterDev macrumors 65816

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    If you are running OSX, STOP WORRYING. It's fine.

    If your running Windows on your computer, that's a different story.

    EDIT: What kind of toolbar are you using?
     
  13. cdub123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's happened to me multiple times though
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I've been trying to totally block that crap, with no success. I was searching for something (don't recall what) and one of the search results lead me to www.corkysbbq.com, which redirects to http://yourpcscanner09.com. That has annoying pop-ups that fake a virus scan. I tried to block it with SafariBlock, Safari AdBlock and ClickToFlash, but nothing stopped it. I finally had to just block www.corkysbbq.com.
    That would help... or give us a link where it happens.
     
  15. cdub123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm not running Internet Explorer, or Modzilla on my mac, just Safari 4.
     
  16. cdub123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yep I think that is exactly what it is.
     
  17. MasterDev macrumors 65816

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    I just block the website by adding it to the host file. Set it to 127.0.0.1

    Here is how... http://decoding.wordpress.com/2009/04/06/how-to-edit-the-hosts-file-in-mac-os-x-leopard/

    You are fine then. No worrying! :D
     
  18. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Try this.
    How to check for Trojans
    http://www.macworld.com/article/60823/2007/10/trojanhorse.html

    Take a screenshot of what you see and the URL of the site where the problem happens.

    To take screen shot use: Cmd+shift+3


    More info.
    Giz Explains: Why OS X Shrugs Off Viruses Better Than Windows
    http://i.gizmodo.com/5101337/giz-explains-why-os-x-shrugs-off-viruses-better-than-windows

    The Mac Malware Myth
    http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2009/01/29/the-mac-malware-myth/

    The Unavoidable Malware Myth
    http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2008/...-apple-wont-inherit-microsofts-malware-crown/
     
  19. cdub123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yea the website it rederects me to is something like: www.antispyware-09.com or something like that.

    I managed to copy the popup..


    Warning!!! Your personal computer needs to install antivirus software! Total Security can perform fast and free virus and malicious software scan of your computer .
     
  20. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  21. TEG macrumors 604

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    It is just a scam. It appears on many websites. I work in tech support and have to talk people down daily from this and other similar scams. Just close the browser, and if needed restart the computer, then it should go away.

    TEG
     
  22. MasterDev macrumors 65816

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    That is the work of the web browser.
     
  23. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    Well now you know. I would sanitize your keyboard.
     
  24. jaduffy108 macrumors 6502a

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    I've seen this crap before too. Nothing to worry about. Clear your Safari cookies, cache and history...and move on with your day.
     
  25. cdub123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I got a picture of it just incase you guys wanted to see..
     

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