I got a mac virus

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Jopling, Jun 4, 2007.

  1. Jopling macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2004
    I am pretty sure I got a virus on my mac. I was using my computer this morning and out of nowhere a man and a woman moaning start. I immeadiately sprung up and smashed the power button on my z-5500s. I closed every application and turned the speakers back on. 5 minutes later I went to take a leak. I could hear my computer doing it again. Again I ran back to my computer to turn the speakers off. Has anyone ever heard of this happening? Im running norton right now.
  2. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    When you're browsing porn sites, mute your speakers.
  3. Jopling thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2004
    Very funny, Safari was open, and had engadget up the first time. The second time no websites were open.
  4. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2006
    Were you browsing porn and quickly clicked hide and now you have just forgotten about it?
  5. iBlue macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England
    Accept any odd files lately? Have a mate or a brother who might be having a little joke on you?

    Can you take a screenshot of your activity monitor and all processes?
  6. Jopling thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2004
    I wasn't browsing porn. And no odd files. I just downloaded an AC3 codec yesterday morning, but no problems till now.
  7. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

    Aug 18, 2005
  8. erickkoch macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2003
    I have heard of this before. I seem to recall that there was an anticle on April Fools pranks for Macs that showed how you can do this very thing, driving you mark crazy my making his Mac moan, shriek, whatever, with various sound files. Don't remember how it was done but I suspect somebody might be playing a trick on you.
  9. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    Are you sure no one has remote desktop access to your mac? My sisters boyfriend always used that to play tricks on his little brother.
  10. Jopling thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2004
    No one has remote access and no one in my family knows how to even use macs or pc's for more than just word processing and e-mails.
  11. shu82 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2007
    Rocket City, AL
    Be careful about the V-word. It sounds like someone set this up. Who else has been using your mac lately. These sort of things have to be done physically. I have seen a youtube clip of someone doing this at a library. Try going to System preferences and setting your sounds to default.
  12. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    No, you do not. What you most likely have is a pop-under that sent you to a pornsite without your knowledge. Well, if you say that you did not know, then I will believe you. Really, I believe you.

    The problem is that Safari's pop-up/pop-under blockers work great, but the people who create pop-up/pop-unders are not tucking tail. They are developing techniques to circumvent the blockers.
  13. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Perhaps something is set to launch when you log in. Use the shift key method to log in without activating any Login Items. This describes where you see and set Login Items.
  14. Dalriada macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2004
    Moorlough Shore
    Great post.... I fell off my chair laughing at that one. Still I do hope the OP gets to the bottom of this (sorry for the pun again)

    - Dal
  15. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    Pictures or it didn't happen.
  16. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    I agree. Seems like someones messing with you.
  17. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    The use of the phrase "immediately sprung" by the OP is prescient. And precious. :)

    Ahhh, how wonderful is password protected screensaver. ;)
  18. Jopling thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2004
    Yeah, except the second time it happened, all applications were closed. Also, everyone has been out of town in my house for the past few days. Once again they are completely computer illiterate.
  19. hawaiian macrumors member


    It might be a vulnerability of a program that you have running rather than a virus perhaps? Next time it happens, try seeing what processes you have active. That might point you in the right direction. See if you see anything that is active but shouldn't be active and try looking for any other strange processes that you don't recognize.
  20. Jopling thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2004
    Thanks, I've been keeping my eye on this, but really don't know what should and shouldnt be running. I'm assuming it will be under my name and not system?
  21. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    How do you know? Not all applications have windows on the screen. What processes were open?

    Look at Activity Monitor and select All Processes. How many of these are Applications that are visibly 'open' on your machine?

    Which has to do with -- what exactly? Consider the possibilities that you are wrong on at least one of your assumptions
    - that you know everybody who has had physical access to the machine
    - that they are all incapable of loading a prank application
    - that they had to load it between the first and second event - it may be a prank that is designed to come up randomly / intermittantly, and was installed days, weeks or months ago.
  22. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Uh.. have you restarted?

    If not, do so.

    If you have, the sounds came back?
  23. A Pittarelli macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2007
    create another user account and run macjanitor
  24. todd2000 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2005
    Danville, VA
    And how exactly would that help? Running routine maintenance scripts (which Macjanitor does) isn't going to stop whatever is making the sounds. Just check your activity monitor for anything that doesn't belong.
  25. p8ntballguy macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2006
    I remember seeing some mac prank programs around a few weeks ago, i think one may have been this. It dosent run in the dock, but check activity moniter for anything you think is suspicious. Ill try and find the prank programs.

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