picture files in finder

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by mwm5053, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. mwm5053 macrumors newbie

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    So I downloaded some files off the internet and in finder some of the files are highlighted in yellow with a yellow ball next to the file name is this malware or what?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Can you post a screen capture? No, it's not malware. 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 10 years ago. You cannot infect your Mac simply by visiting a website, unzipping a file, opening an email attachment or joining a network. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which cannot infect your Mac unless you actively install them, and they can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
     
  3. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    No, it's metadata in the file that indicates to Finder that it should have the Yellow label. You can change it to none or all sorts of other pretty colors.
     
  4. mwm5053 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    screen shot

    here is what i see
     

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  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    As KnightWRX said, it's just a yellow label. It's not malware of any kind.
     
  6. mwm5053 thread starter macrumors newbie

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