Random file appears, disappears, and won't let me in! Virus Detector doesn't like.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thefilmmaker91, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. thefilmmaker91 macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2009
    See the screenshot attached:

    There is a file that I don't have access to.
    It is located in /private/tmp area of my computer and will appear for only 2-seconds at a time before suddenly disappearing.

    What is it?

    Sophos, my virus detector, thought it found malware in a folder similarly named but that too disappeared!

    Any thoughts??

    Attached Files:

  2. Jazojas12 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2009
    It's in a temporary folder. It's a temp file. I doubt it's anything to worry over. Anything abnormal about your system?
  3. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    Given the Symantec item in the screen shot, it appears like you are running more than one AV solution.

    Delete all AV software on your machine.

    If you wish to run AV software, I suggest installing ClamXav.

    Read the contents of the "Mac Security Suggestion" link in my sig for more details.

    LogMeIn is a legitimate remote access tool but it could be used for malicious purposes.

    Did you install it?
  4. thefilmmaker91 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2009
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    That is all supposed to be there.
    I'm referring to the folder with the red circle on it.

    Only weird thing was today when random pixels wouldn't refresh but would freeze on something.

    When I say random pixels I mean small square clumps, not just single pixels.
  5. Tutorer macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2011
    The red circle just means that you have no permission to access that folder. Either elevate your status or change permissions on the folder to access it.
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    If your screen pixelates like that it could be a bad LCD cable or even a logicboard going bad.
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You're missing munkery's point. It appears you're running two antivirus apps on your Mac. You should never run more than one antivirus app on any computer, as they can conflict with each other and give false readings, as Sophos is doing, since the files in question are harmless temporary files. Also, Sophos is not recommended, as it can actually increase your Mac's vulnerability. You don't need any antivirus software to protect your Mac from malware. No viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any, since it was released 10 years ago. The handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install:
  8. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2008
    Your girlfriends place
    Remove your virus protection. You do not need it, period. This is not a Windows machine. I swear, it will be ok :D

    It is NOT supposed to be there... :)

    EDIT: Just saw this post... check out that link!


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