How do I deal with viruses?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by testing toaster, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. testing toaster macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2009
    I had downloaded and used AVAST [anti-virus] for some time now. I have scanned for viruses before with everything turning out to be normal but then out of nowhere I get 8 viruses and 206 warnings today.

    My mac is a Mac OS X and has no actual symptoms of a virus. It is acting perfectly fine, it's not taking a long time to load nor is it acting any differently since I have received my mac. I simply scanned my mac with AVAST and it tells me i have viruses.

    I tried to 'delete' these viruses with no such luck. It simply tells me that '1 did not allow the operation' .These viruses come up as ; Tracur [Trj] on my screen.

    I assume someone in my family must have downloaded these viruses through limewire or frostwire. Other than that I do not know how these viruses made got in my Mac.
    Obviously I do not want these viruses to stay or corrupt any information on here. So instructions on how to properly deal with this problem is necessary for me. No one in my family has experiences with macs, or any kind of computers to be truthful, so specific [ as in step by step ] instructions on how I should handle this situation would help much more than a simple two word answer.
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Step one trash avast
    step two Do not downloa hacked software
    step three breeth deep and say there are no current osx virus so I'm not wasting my time.

    Step four all done!
  3. testing toaster thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2009
    no os x virus?
    Guess that saves me time, thank you very much for this information
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    while there are no viruses for OSx, there are Trojans. If you download cracked software it can contain a trojan. When you install the cracked software you have to give your admin password and this allows the install to proceed and install not only the cracked software but also a trojan. If you download files that contain windows viruses, then avast could report that you are infected, even though windows viruses can not function in OSx.
  5. iBlue macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England
    ^ This.

    testing toaster - if you have family members that don't really know what they're doing using your computer, set them up their own user accounts and do not give those accounts admin access. This will prevent them from installing dodgy things on the mac. That is if you have not done this already.
  6. milton.sheaf macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2009
    How to deal with viruses on OSX? Give them a stern look, fart in their general direction, then give them the raspberry. That'll show em.
  7. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop

    You forgot the all-important "unclog nose in general direction" step. Shame.

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