Please help find spyware installed on my MacBook Air!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by greenenvy, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. greenenvy macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2013
    I'm very concerned that someone who installed a few programs on my mac over a year ago, also installed spyware (or can access my laptop remotely).
    I have read previous posts: if I understand correctly, the activity monitor needs to be checked over?? (I have Little Snitch installed and firewall is active. I also use a VPN)

    Can someone please see if anything looks suspicious here???!!! THANKS
    (is it "All Processes, Hierarchically" and CPU that you need to see?)

    Also attached "Other User Processes"

    Attached Files:

  2. holmesf macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2001
    If someone wrote a spyware program they aren't going to call it something like "" so I doubt you'd find it this way. If you're worried you should just backup your files, wipe your hard drive, and reinstall the OS.
  3. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    What indication do you have that they installed some spyware on your computer?
  4. greenenvy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2013
    yes ok, the only way to make sure. and then, never let anyone touch my mac!
  5. holmesf macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2001
    edit: nevermind, actually if they had direct access to your Mac, were evil, and knew what they were doing they probably could have done some damage.
  6. greenenvy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2013
    The unrelenting nature of the person stalking me (I have been twice to the police)... he even installed a tracker in my car!. If he could spy on me via my laptop he would. (so probably best to re-install everything)

    It's not the same person who installed those programs but I'm now thinking he could have organised for the guy to offer me those programs and also install spyware.
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Installing a tracker on your car would run into criminal behavior. If you know who the person is and the police don't want to help (not surprising) get an attorney.

    Smart thing is to wipe the system and reinstall but be sure not to install stuff you don't trust.
  8. agenda893 macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2004
  9. DUCKofD3ATH Suspended


    Jun 6, 2005
    Universe 0 Timeline
    Don't panic....If you haven't noticed any damage, there's nothing to worry about. Simply reinstall OS X and manually reinstall the apps so the spyware doesn't get back on to your Mac.

    You might want to run a virus checker on your personal files and multimedia stuff (music, vids, etc.).

    The only thing I can imagine that might cause you trouble is if you were doing something unlawful and/or shameful that your so-called stalker might have recorded for use at a later date.

    Barring that, you're fine.
  10. dugbug macrumors 65816


    Aug 23, 2008
    Somewhere in Florida
    Sorry to hear about your troubles. I helped a relative with a similar problem. First, some other possible attack vectors to consider:

    • Obtaining your iphone, jailbreaking it with spyware, and returning it.
    • Knowing your itunes password (find my iphone)
    • Knowing your email password (reading your emails).

    I recommend you download the free ios app 'lookout' to detect if your phone has been jailbroken (which can be done to masquerade commercially available spyware).

    I recommend 1password as a great app (for both mac and iphone/ipad) to create and manage crazy hard passwords for your important services like email,itunes. Then I recommend you change your passwords using the generated ones from 1password.

    Finally try the rootkit hunter app on your mac:
    As well as the free trial of the kaspersky security for mac.

    You can see in my sig I am not anonymous if that is comforting. PM me if you have any questions.

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