I scanned my Mac and it found 3 theats. How do I start by getting rid of these?

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  1. iLoveMyApple macrumors 6502a

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    I have an iMac running Tiger 10.4.11 and I scanned it using ProtectMac Anti Virus. And it found 2 adware and 1 trojan. How do I get rid of these? Where do I start? Please help?
     
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    What are their names? The adware does absolutely nothing; what's the name of the trojan?
     
  3. iLoveMyApple thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It just says Trojan.Downloader-38874
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    That's a Windows trojan. It can also do nothing to your computer.
     
  5. iLoveMyApple thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How do I get rid of them? It says underneath the 3 threats detected "delete file" do I click that or do I download another program? Help! I've never dealt with viruses before:(
     
  6. Sorkvild macrumors 6502

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    You are not dealing with files that can harm your computer! No viruses work on macs, if these even are dangerous files they can only harm a computer running Windows. Try using Spotlight to search for these files and it will show exactly where they are.
     
  7. bradenwh macrumors 6502

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    You do not have any viruses. You are completely safe.
     
  8. acurafan macrumors 6502a

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    famous last words. :D
     
  9. RoninXI macrumors regular

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    it is just a scanner trying to make itself look useful.
     
  10. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Too bad there aren't any, then.
     
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    The name of the infected file should have shown up, if it was an unneeded file you can simply delete it.

    If it looked like the file was something you need to keep, you can debate deleting it and redownloading the app.

    The majority of the infected files would likely be files you downloaded or crap that people e-mailed to you, especially those that keep forwarding you the cute and silly e-mail crap -- which might include .exe files you can't do anything with, but might have forgotten to delete.
     
  13. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    It's a Windows threat. Find the location it is stored, and delete it as per normal.
     
  14. disconap macrumors 68000

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    The whole "no virus" thing is MOSTLY right. They exist, they just can't be used without you actively installing them (i.e., they would have to be downloaded without you agreeing, opened without you doing anything, and then approved w/ a root password without you entering your root password, all of which is highly improbable under OSX or any other Darwin/Debian/Unix/etc. system).
     
  15. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    No, it's 100% right.

    What you described is a trojan.
     
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  17. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    What does?
     
  18. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Wtf

    I just manually scanned my computer and found a huge threat. Spotlight picked up "I'm thinking about installing Windows via Boot Camp."

    So I deleted that cached adium file. Computer still works fine.
     
  19. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    Depends on what he meant by "no virus." Proof of concept true viruses have been demonstrated, so they do exist.

    In the wild, they don't exist. At least, not yet.

    And even though I'm a smug "no virus" Mac guy in public, every step used in describing a trojan in the above description can be bypassed.
     
  20. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816

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    Locate the infected file, place it in the center of your screen. Then get some 100 grit sandpaper an rub your screen until it's gone.
     
  21. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    I've only found one "proof of concept" virus, which is called OSX.Macarena, which was discovered by Syamntec, an antivirus company. As hard as I Googled, there was no information on how it actually worked. Because it doesn't.
     
  22. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    Well, googling "os x virus proof of concept" reveals a few more, but I hadn't realized that some of them had be debunked, so to speak.
     
  23. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Some of the others weren't really viruses, just theoretical designs for pieces of software developed specifically to exploit old bugs in Apple's software.
     

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