Possibly hacked? Need feedback

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  1. Erob macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, I am new to this forum obviously. I decided to post because I've been paranoid lately by possibilities that I may be hacked by someone or may have a virus on my Mac. I purchased my Mac in June of this year. I was messing around on "Finder" today and was looking at documents and stuff when I noticed some documents in the finder that were not familiar to me. I kept looking and I actually found A LOT of documents with numbers and things that were not familiar to me. Once I saw this, I went to the activity monitor. I saw my username of course along with process names that looked familiar to me. I kept scrolling down and then I saw the username "daemon" and the process name was "distnoted". What is this? Am I just paranoid about this or is something going on? My computer speeds are fine and the computer itself is acting completely normal. I DO use uTorrent and Frostwire, though I don't download just anything. I'd appreciate some feedback on this. Thanks a lot.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    First, there ARE no viruses in the wild that run on current Mac OS X: Mac Virus/Malware Info

    Second, just because you see file names or processes that you don't understand, doesn't mean you've been hacked or have malware. There are many components of Mac OS X that you don't know about, so don't worry about it. Just use your Mac and don't delete files or stop processes unless you know what you're doing.

    Mac OS X: What Are All Those Processes?
    Yes
     
  3. Erob thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks a lot. I am new to the Mac OS and I appreciate the feedback.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's really important that you read the Mac Virus/Malware Info link I provided. That will help you get rid of your paranoia and know how to safely use your new Mac.

    Here's some more important reading: Helpful Information for Any Mac User
     
  5. Erob thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I will definitely read over it. I just skimmed over some of it and it's very interesting. It is reassuring to know these things. I guess I should probably stop using Bittorents? Or do you think I will be okay as long as I don't download anything suspicious and use common sense?
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You don't need to stop using torrents. Common sense and the information you read in that link will go a long way in protecting you.
     
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    Erob thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, thanks a lot for your help.

    GGJstudios, one more thing. I am using uTorrent right now. Is Vuze better than uTorrent for downloading files on a Mac or are they pretty much the same?
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I only use Transmission (and rarely use that), so I can't comment on the others.
     

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