Just got a screen telling me my imac infected

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  1. mattg3 macrumors 6502

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    My 4 month old new imac just put a screen up saying my imac was infected with malware and virus according to apple security center.I was in shock since i didnt know what this was all about.They told me i had a zip file i had to open to clean up my machine.I did not open it(didnt know what to use to open it)so I just left things alone.what should I do now?Is this legitimate? This came up as I was on the internet reading my hotmail.the screen that announced this looked like a legitimate apple imac screen. Help
     
  2. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    Not legitimate do not open!
    If it has downloaded a zip file to your computer delete it.
     
  3. iStudentUK macrumors 65816

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    [​IMG]

    Trust Admiral Ackbar, he knows when things are a trap.

    Ignore, delete, quit safari etc.
     
  4. mattg3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  5. yakkowarner epi macrumors member

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    it's becoming quite common in browsers and facebook. If you download the software then you most likely will download spy ware or a key logger. Always get your software from apple directly.
     
  6. GGJstudios, May 17, 2011
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    There has never been a virus in the wild that affects Mac OS X since it was released 10 years ago. The handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some education and common sense and care in what software you install:
    The first section of that link deals specifically with the MacDefender/MacSecurity/MacProtector issue. I encourage you to read it.
    No, it's not spyware or a keylogger. Read the link I posted.
     
  7. mattg3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I deleted it to trash and emptied.Pretty scary stuff since it really looked legitimate.Wonder how it got in my imac?
     
  8. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

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    there are also a number of threads on Apple Support Communities dealing with this and other trojans.

    this one, for instance.

    in addition to GGJstudios' link, also have a look here.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you read the link I posted? It tells you how it got there and how to prevent it from opening.
     
  10. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    haha love it
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    By the way, there's no need to quit Safari. Just delete the downloaded file and uncheck "Open "safe" files after downloading" in Safari preferences.
     
  12. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

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    I got a call the other day from a friend who got this warning while looking at Facebook. Shows how vigilant they are ;)

    It's the MACDefender Trojan that has been going around. You won't become infected unless you give the installer your admin password, which you should never do unless you purposely download software yourself.
     
  13. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    And you dont get "infected" with anything.

    They just want your money.
     

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