I am this close to taking a sledgehammer to my MBP right now

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Misskitty, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Misskitty, Jan 17, 2014
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    Misskitty macrumors 6502

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    Ive never been so fed up with an OS. I got this content.magnipic.info malware/virus or whatever the hell it is and instead of going through all the hassle of trying to remove it (which seems like a major project), I figured why not just restore my hard drive back a date. I plug in my ext HD and go through the disk utility CD when booting. But noooo the USB drive is locked again!!!! This is like the 3rd times its happened and I dont do jack squat to this POS drive ever! I know I have the right password, but it just auto locks from sitting here unused? Unreal.

    Ive been wasting the past two hours trying to get this stupid hard drive unlocked. I downloaded Permissions reset and Batchmod, but noooo of course I cant even see the drive when I plug it in! Absolutely useless. I just threw my arms up in the air and Im just sitting here laughing cause honestly, why am I having to go through all this with a machine thats so called "it just works". $1300 wasted on this machine 2.5 years ago. Biggest waste of money ever. I would have been better off just throwing it on a random street and let homeless people waste it on booze. OMG, Im so tempted to just smash this laptop and go buy a new basic windows machine. And yes, I honestly would smash this thing. Ive never ever had any of this garbage on any of my previous laptops ever.
     
  2. marc55 macrumors 6502a

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    I thought Mac's did not get these types of things?

    Isn't there something like "Malwarebytes" for Mac?
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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  4. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Always best to have a bootable USB or hard drive available. If you have one boot into it, if not then can you make one via a friend with a mac?

    Failing that boot from the recovery partition and install from there then restore from your backup.

    Many ways to skin this cat and it is frustrating but bear in mind windows is 1000% more exposed to that kind of stuff - be careful what software you install in future as that is how content.magnipic.info installs, it isn't a virus that attacks your machine, you have to (even inadvertently), invite it in...
     
  5. GSPice macrumors 68000

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    Blaming all the wrong things doesn't really help anything, least of all yourself. You're not gonna get much sympathy here with irrational hyperbole.

    First you say the drive is locked, then you say it doesn't appear. Are we to assume that the drive is even functional? That being said,


    • Did you even search for dealing with locked drives?

    You never addressed how you managed to install the browser extension. Browser extensions don't just install themselves for no reason, including on computers that "just work."
     
  6. Misskitty thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes and typical site, doesnt list how to remove on mac. Absolutely useless computer.

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    I dont know how the extension got on. I downloaded a couple cleaning programs like Macsafe cleaner. Then find out its not free.

    The USB drive does work, cause in disk utility it reconizes it and i was using it 3 weeks ago, and it wasnt locked. I dont even know why a USB drive will randomly lock for no reason. Drives me nuts! Something tells me Mac will do the same thing if I were to go buy another USB drive.

    Honestly, ive had it with mac I dont even know what to say. This is just complete BS. I dont have the time or patience (nor should I have to) spend my entire day wasted on this garbage. An OS that auto locks USB drives? No programs to remove malware? Seriously?!!! Again, why did I buy a Mac again?
     
  7. jahall05 macrumors regular

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    Why would you download a "Macsafe cleaner" program in the first place? There is absolutely NO need for a cleaner program on a Mac.

    If you are so fed up with Mac, then go get a PC and see how many viruses and issues you can come up with it.

    Also, are we talking about the hard drive IN the computer or an external hard drive that you plug in? I can't seem to figure out what you are talking about.

    Note: Being rude and complaining about your computer that you downloaded unsafe programs onto doesn't help anyone on this forum HELP you.
     
  8. cbautis2 macrumors 6502a

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    If I were you, I'd go buy a new hard drive, install OS X and then get my files, apps and settings from my Time Machine Back up. Hell, you can't do that with PC and full PC backup just DOESN'T WORK unlike Time Machine which always just works.
     
  9. GSPice macrumors 68000

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    The mac that you inadvertently installed malware on is useless because a website doesn't give you instructions on how to remove browser malware?

    That wasn't a good idea. On PCs the consequences of frivolous downloading is massive. Its concerning that a) you felt you needed to download a couple "cleaning programs" and b) you didn't know that they weren't free. I'd recommend learning on how malware, spyware, and viruses get on your computer. If you had a PC you would have been up a creek a long time ago.

    There are plenty of reasons why a USB drive will become locked. It isn't random.

    These statements are patently false.

    I would strongly recommend taking your Mac into the Apple store or a certified independent store and pay them to restore your machine. Based on everything you've said, it's clear that a knowledgeable tech needs to fix your machine. Good luck with Windows.

    All the best.
     
  10. McGiord macrumors 601

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    What do you mean by the drive is locked?
    The easiest way to troubleshoot the issues is to first create another user account with admin privileges and then boot with it.
    I hope the hammer doesn't kick you back, or break your windows to the world.
     
  11. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Sorry I can't help with the tech side of the repairs.

    But in a desperate need to be helpful, if all else fails...
     

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  12. philxor macrumors regular

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    This thread cracks me up.

    It's like my Mom who wonders why her PC is slow and I open up Firefox and see 5 rows of browser extensions installed because she decided to download five different weather programs and other assorted crap.

    Good luck with Windows. It's great when the OEM configured BitLocker on the drive and you don't know the password for it. So when you need to get into the drive or even safe mode for some reason outside of the normal boot process you just can't...
     
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    Actually that was me :) , the OP there is a male and best I can figure has never owned an Apple product.
     
  16. GSPice macrumors 68000

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    Not surprising. I guess their fun has come and gone..
     
  17. AirThis macrumors 6502a

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    Calm down. On the Apple community's forum PriscillaFromFrance had the same issue, but she kept her head down and managed to get rid of it. I suggest you check here:

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/24500652#24500652

    and here:

    http://www.thesafemac.com/arg-genieo/
     
  18. torana355 macrumors 68020

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    This thread is hilarious. The OP obviously has no idea what they are doing, for starters installing a cleaning program for OSX is simply pointless.
     
  19. maflynn, Jan 18, 2014
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    You realize a quick google will result the following steps
    Don't blame the computer, or the OS for user action. While I understand your frustration, its not the platform's fault when you installed software that did this.

    I don't mean to sound harsh but like many computer ills a little research goes a long way :)
     
  20. case2001 macrumors 6502

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    I don't really understand. Can't the OP just reformat and re-install OS X. At that point restore from USB drive?

    Problem solved?

    :confused:
     
  21. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    If you hate osx so much, you can also natively run windows 8 and dual boot between the two.
     
  22. oldhifi macrumors 6502a

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    AMEN ....use Safari and this won't happen..
     
  23. blueroom macrumors 603

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    The OP here tried to reinstall OSX but her backup drive wouldn't mount.

    Things I've learned from using OSX since 2010 and I was a PC IT guy since DOS.

    . Don't need antivirus on OSX
    . Stay away from uninstallers and cleanup programs

    USB anything on mobile platforms where you're constantly plugging and unplugging can often be avoided. The failure risk at both the hardware and software level is high especially with hard drives.

    For starters setup iCloud, this automatically backs up your contacts, notes, calendar, safari links, etc... It even syncs across your other iOS or OSX devices. It can be accessed from any web browser in a pinch and also enables Find my Mac.

    For most people a Time Capsule is an excellent backup solution and pretty darn good WiFi router. For that really important data you need at least two copies, crash plan, DropBox, Skydrive offer low cost and free options.

    It's not that hard or costly to have a backup plan for when things go wrong.
     
  24. kurzz macrumors 6502

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    Wow if you have this much trouble on a mac, I can't imagine the problems you'd have using Windows.

    Someone once said (on a PC) the only antivirus program they need is their brain.
     
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