How do you find or notice attempts to infect your computer?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Drag'nGT, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. Drag'nGT macrumors 68000

    Drag'nGT

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    So while browsing the internet I have had the computer pop up to alert me that a program has downloaded itself.

    The first was PerformanceOptimizer which shrunk my screen and "informed me about the dangers of viruses"... :rolleyes: Then it force downloaded itself and my downloads stack showed me the .exe file. I removed and ran clamXav.

    Now the same thing happened but today it called itself Antivirus 2009. I force quit Safari and nothing downloaded to my stack.

    So now I'm curious... is this how others here notice these attempts that are aimed at PC users?

    How do you guys notice the attempts to infect your computer?

    On a personal note, should I look into something since I've had 2 similar experiences with what could be the same program?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Sounds like Java/Javascript nonsense which is why people run NoScript.

    Also, it's an .exe. You're afraid of this on a non-Windows operating system why?
     
  3. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    I never have these problems. Then again, I use Safari AdBlock and don't surf questionable sites. :rolleyes:
     
  4. Drag'nGT thread starter macrumors 68000

    Drag'nGT

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    What's NoScript?

    I'm not afraid. I'm curious how others here notice attempted infections.


    Adblock = built in popup blocker?
    Google and MySpace aren't what I would call questionable.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    http://www.letmegooglethatforyou.com/?q=noscript

    Once again Google...

    http://safariadblock.sourceforge.net/

    MySpace is VERY questionable. I'm surprised your browser didn't just crash right there.
     
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    You notice if a .exe is downloaded. Thats how.
    MySpace is harmless.
     
  7. Drag'nGT thread starter macrumors 68000

    Drag'nGT

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    Thanks but I was asking for the friendly cliffsnotes version "it keeps malicious sites from slipping in through good ones"

    Safari Adblock does get rid of some ads on the websites but sadly not all of them. Some is better than none I suppose.
     

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