Potential hidden malware?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by Ojokelvin22, Feb 2, 2017.

  1. Ojokelvin22 macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2013
    Hey forum goers!

    I was trying to settle an issue I've been having and it's starting to worry me now. As of two days ago, with my headphones on, I notice a sort of windows esque chime on my computer in the background. I'm currently running Mac Os sierra, but I was wondering if any of you had experienced this or maybe I have a plug-in or website that makes subtle noises similar to window 7/8 update chimes.

    The only other alternative is someone has access to my desktop and is mirroring everything I'm doing on their computer (sounds slightly farfetched, I know) on their computer .

    What are some steps I should take to pin point the root of this odd phenomena? Format the hard drive? Or leave everything as is?

    Thanks everyone for the help in advance!
  2. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    If you close everything (use force quit) does it still do it? Or is it only something you hear when certain apps are running like web browser?

    If you are worried about malware download malwarebytes (it's free). It's unlikely someone having remote access probably just a bug.

    I have something different but similar when using messages. My Mac will play a song from somewhere on the internet (probably YouTube) if I scroll through a certain contact I've been messaging. Very bizarre. It's been there since Mavericks lol.
  3. Ojokelvin22 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2013
    Well the the funny thing is I have my computer on full blast right now, I haven't heard the sound once! What's strange is this sound was more prevalent when I had my headphones on (Marshall Monitors). Perhaps you're right about it being an ambient app sound. My fear is that if there is malware/my computer is being accessed remotely, the hacker is able to manipulate when I'm able to hear the sounds...
  4. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012

    I don't think it will help your problem but if malware concerns you this is a good app.
  5. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    More likely is that the sound is a notification from one of your apps (third party, Mail or Messages for example). Or it's coming from one of your browser tabs.

    I agree with the poster above. Use Malwarebytes.

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