Possessed Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by macmesser, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. macmesser macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2012
    Location:
    Long Island, NY USA
    #1
    One of my two '09 Mac Pros has exhibited very strange behavior on two occasions, the latest being this morning. Just before heading off to work, I noticed that I had left some apps running all night and started to close everything out. It seemed as if something was fighting me. I'd close a window and it would reopen. Apps started launching, seemingly at random. I started to think I was in a haunted house when drawers opened and shut by themselves and apps started launching in sequence from the dock. Just weird. I finally managed to restart (the mouse too seemed demonic) after a real struggle. I felt like I was the patsy on scare tactics. After restart things seemed normal. Does this sound like a virus? Memory leak? Mac senile dementia? This machine has done this once or twice before, with long intervals of perfect function in between but this last time was actually the weirdest and most demonic. Restarting seems to help. Perhaps a bag of garlic will prevent recurrence. Do I call an exorcist or Dr. McAffee, or do I find I nice clean place with smiling attendants who will feed my Mac filtered power and wheel it out to play bingo with the old G4s, Quadras and SE-30s? I actually came close to pulling the plug on it this morning but I know that would have been just wrong...

    Anyone?
     
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

    BrianBaughn

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2011
    Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
    #2
    Yikes! That behavior sounds like someone has remote control. Does it do it when you disconnect from the internet?
     
  3. macmesser thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2012
    Location:
    Long Island, NY USA
    #3
    I disconnected it from my router when the apps started opening unbidden from the dock, unfortunately well into the haunting. Weirdness didn't stop immediately but started diminishing in intensity. I thought the same thing at the time. Maybe time for a VPN. Any way to trace the responsible spook?
     
  4. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020

    BillyBobBongo

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2007
    Location:
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    #4
    Backup. Format. Reinstall.

    ...always nice to have a clean system. Blow away the cobwebs, so to speak! ;)
     
  5. macmesser thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2012
    Location:
    Long Island, NY USA
    #5
    Bummer. You're right. I guess I'll have to. Pro'ly just some fun-loving neighborhood tykes but I won't feel secure until I do just that. What's worse is I'll have to change every frolicin' password I have. I hope I still have a bank account. Damn, I feel so...dirty.

    Seriously, anyone know if there are any logs or other files I should check for forensic purposes?
     
  6. satcomer macrumors 603

    satcomer

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2008
    Location:
    The Finger Lakes Region
    #6
    Plus change out your cheap router! Also NEVER enable remote Administration in your router, your asking for trouble if you do! Hackers are attacking many wireless routers The Hackers New Weapons: Routers & Printers. Lastly immediately change your router login/admin password!!!
     

Share This Page