Please help!!!!!!! (virus infection possibly)

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  1. vinny3101, Feb 24, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 25, 2015

    vinny3101 macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2014
    Please help me! I have a virus and have no idea how to get rid of it! I used ClamXav to detect it. Here it is:

    Filename Infection Name Status
    /Users/vinny.3101/Library/Safari/ReadingListArchives/D9A27DCB-C37D-494F-8F26-2DD37D151945/Page.webarchive Html.Exploit.CVE_2014_0278-4

    Any help appreciated! Thanks! --Vinny
  2. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    When ClamXav finds some kind of threat on your Mac, that does NOT mean that you have a virus of some kind. It's just telling you that a threat has been detected, and tells you where it is. I _think_ that you can also select the line about that threat, and click a Remove or Delete button.
    The information on this page may help you.

    You can also go the the ClamXav forums, where others with more experience may step you past the threat.
    Here's a thread on those forums discussing your exact report:
  3. vinny3101 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2014
    :p Translate this to English. I REALLY don't understand!!! Haha
  4. DeltaMac, Feb 24, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2015

    DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Well, OK...
    The error (or threat) doesn't really affect you, or your Mac running OS X.
    Forums show it to be a problem affecting Internet Explorer, which won't run on OS X.
    - so - you can choose to ignore it.
    If you don't want to ignore that file, then remove it. ClamXav tells you where it is, or you use use ClamXav to remove it for you.

    I forgot! You asked about a virus. You don't have a virus. That would be real news if you did!
    There have been zero viruses in the wild that affect OS X. Zero.
    There have been various threats, and other forms of malware, but no virus that affects OS X - none...
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    As others have already stated, this malware affects Internet Explorer, which does not run on OS X. Clam Xav detects both Windows and OS X malware, so it's possible for it to find malware that cannot affect your Mac.

    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 over 12 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing, as described in the following link.
    Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.

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