I have a virus or trojan horse or worm...need help please

irishmut

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Jun 19, 2013
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Chicago
I definitely have some virus or tojan or worm. I opened a text on my iPhone. emails and stuff have been sent to co-workers and doctors i work with, friends and teachers at the school. Everyone says Macs can't have viruses but obviously they are wrong. I have two macs...an old g5, a macbook pro, and my Iphone 5 (where i opened the text). I dont know which device has the virus or whatever and what I have to do to get rid of it. this is killing me at work...dont wanna lose job over this.


please help....
thanks
Dave
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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I definitely have some virus or tojan or worm. I opened a text on my iPhone. emails and stuff have been sent to co-workers and doctors i work with, friends and teachers at the school. Everyone says Macs can't have viruses but obviously they are wrong. I have two macs...an old g5, a macbook pro, and my Iphone 5 (where i opened the text). I dont know which device has the virus or whatever and what I have to do to get rid of it. this is killing me at work...dont wanna lose job over this
You definitely do NOT have a virus on OS X. Your email account was likely hacked, which has nothing to do with malware of any kind. Change your email passwords to secure passwords.

Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 12 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing, as described in the following link.
Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.
 
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irishmut

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jun 19, 2013
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Chicago
sorry...new to site..couldnt find my first thread

thank you.
I changed email passwords last night and docs are still getting emails. could it be reading or what someone told me "key logging" my passwords?
kinda a mac rookie.
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
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thank you.
I changed email passwords last night and docs are still getting emails. could it be reading or what someone told me "key logging" my passwords?
kinda a mac rookie.
The only way to get a keylogger on your Mac is to install it yourself, or give someone access to your computer to install it. It's also possible your email account is being spoofed, which means the emails are not coming from your account at all, but rather another account that is "disguised" as your account.