Hidden ".exe" file?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by .Logan, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. .Logan macrumors member

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    Houston, Texas
    #1
    Hello,

    I was saving something from Firefox in my Downloads folder and I see this ".exe" file, assume it's malware downloaded from the browser somehow, but when I go to the Downloads folder outside this popup window used to save files I can't see it.

    How do I delete it?

    Thanks!
     

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  2. MacForScience macrumors 6502

    MacForScience

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    #2
    Search with spotlight for Terminal. Open the terminal type:
    At the prompt:

    ls -l Downloads

    If you can see the file, then all you need to do is:
    At the prompt type:
    cd Downloads

    Once you are in the downloads directory type:
    rm [file name]

    You can press tab to auto-complete.

    Be sure to be exact with what you type! Failure to do so can have serious consequences in the terminal.

    Cheers
     
  3. .Logan thread starter macrumors member

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    #3
    The file actually isn't listed in terminal, I had tried that - very strange!
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    #4
    Can you see either of those files in Terminal like MFS said? Looks like maybe they are marked hidden.

    You can run this in Terminal to kill it...

    Code:
    rm ~/Downloads/ilkoe*
    Or this to nuke the entire folder contents...

    Code:
    rm -rf ~/Downloads/*
     
  5. mikecwest macrumors 6502a

    mikecwest

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    #5
    it looks like file is invisible...

    try this in terminal to see if it helps:

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
     

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