Mac Mini possibly been infected.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DELTAsnake, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. DELTAsnake macrumors 6502


    Jul 18, 2008
    I've had an issue with something on my network sending out massive amounts of data (10s of gb's so far) at set times of the day 8pm 9pm and 10pm at speeds that flood my upstream. My ISP helped me track it down to my Mum's Mac Mini.

    Since she is the type of user that will click on things that would get a Windows user owned in seconds should I just assume the computer has been compromised and format the hard drive (deleting all partitions) to remove all possible sources (benign or malicious) of the problem? Or is there an option other than nuke it as she doesn't like it when everything is reset. (and I don't want to argue with her about it)
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Launch Activity Monitor and check the Network tab to find what apps/processes are sending large amounts of data. You should be able to find the culprit, which may or may not have anything to do with malware infection. There's no need to nuke it when some basic troubleshooting may resolve the issue.

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