New Mac Virus?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Tyler.Schmaltz, May 9, 2011.

  1. Tyler.Schmaltz macrumors member

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    Has anyone seen this virus before?

    http://yourspace.minotstateu.edu/tyler.schmaltz/mac virus.png

    Was browsing msnbc.com opening news articles in new tabs when one of them opened to this. Upon clicking remove all it downloaded a zip file which unzipped to
    macprotector.mpgk

    A standard mac installer.

    Anyone seen this mac virus before?


    Thanks
     
  2. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

    MacBoobsPro

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    Trojan.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Don't install random apps that attempt to download from the Internet and you will be just fine.

    Always be aware of what you are opening and where it came from.
     
  5. Modernape macrumors regular

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    And try to remember that any genuine warning from OS X will at least be grammatically correct - if the pop-up isn't then it's a good sign that it's not genuine. "...have detected Trojans and ready to remove them"??
     
  6. svenn macrumors 6502

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    If everybody did this, even Windows machines would be safe from viruses.
     
  7. John T macrumors 68020

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    Not with Windows. Most Windows viruses self install.
     
  8. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    It is not a virus - a virus installs itself without asking the user.

    It is a trojan (as in "trojan horse"); you have to install it yourself for it to cause damage. So just put it in the trash and empty the trash. Don't install any software unless it comes from a trusted source.
     

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