Random File From Safari Appeared

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  1. SkippyThorson macrumors 65816

    SkippyThorson

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    I was just online with Safari and iCal open, and I got the craving to hunt around Fake Steve just because I wanted to read something humorous on a day where I needed it.

    Anyhow. I was reading an article, and a file popped out of the middle of the page and into my Download list on Safari. The file is named hcounter.php, and I have no idea what it is.

    Is it a gift that grants me unlimited wealth? One of those fancy new malicious scripts? Is someone in a third world country going to ask me to wire him my bank info? :p

    Purely curious, but I figured someone on here would have an answer. I attached a screenshot of said file below. It's not too exciting; the image of the white file.

    * No, I did not open it or authorize it. How does one view the file's Certificate or any other critical info? I hit it with VirusBarrier to play it safe, which yielded no red flags.
     

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  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Any time a file downloads that you didn't initiate, just delete it.

    1. Make sure your built-in Mac firewall is enabled in System Preferences > Security > Firewall
    2. Uncheck "Enable Java" in Safari > Preferences > Security.
    3. Uncheck "Open "safe" files after downloading" in Safari > Preferences > General
    4. Be careful to only install software from trusted, reputable sites. Never install pirated software. If you're not sure about an app, ask in this forum before installing.
    5. Never let someone else have physical access to install anything on your Mac.
    6. Always keep your Mac and application software updated. Use Software Update for your Mac software. For other software, it's safer to get updates from the developer's site or from the menu item "Check for updates", rather than installing from any notification window that pops up while you're surfing the web.
    That's all you need to do to keep your Mac completely free of any virus, trojan, spyware, keylogger, or other malware. You don't need any 3rd party software to keep your Mac secure.
     
  3. Apple Key macrumors 6502a

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    Just out of curiosity, are you sure you didn't option-click on a link on the page?
     
  4. SkippyThorson thread starter macrumors 65816

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    GGJstudios, yup, file deleted. :)

    Any time something fishy pops up, I expect to see your name. It's refreshing; if you don't say that I should be overly concerned, that's pretty darn reassuring. Thank you for the as-always lightning-fast-response!

    I hate to pry, but I'm always the curious type. Any ideas what this .php file might particularly be?

    Nope, I considered just that. I was reading at the time, and the only input I gave at that moment was 2-finger scrolling. The file popped out of the near middle of the page, nowhere around a clickable link. That's what stumped me about it.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I have no idea. You can try Googling if you really want to explore it, but it's not worth the effort, IMO.
     
  6. LiesForTheLiars macrumors regular

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    I do this every so often by accident and get the same .php link files. It's rather annoying.
     
  7. Apple Key macrumors 6502a

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    It's annoying to me too, I do they same thing accidentally. I have yet to see a non-user initiated file download. I'm not saying it can't happen though.
     
  8. SkippyThorson thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Agreed, if it isn't known and isn't a pressing issue, it's not worth it. I'm fine with that resolution. :)

    I've been there too. However, every time it happens, I wind up with a something.php.html file. This was was simply something.php. I've attached a screenshot of said examples below.

    Agreed, when it happens, it's annoying. Clear Downloads, remove from Downloads folder, put in trash, empty trash. All because I clicked wrong. :rolleyes:

    Same here, but I was 2-finger scrolling at the time. Maybe something did get hit or otherwise, but I have no idea what it could have been. That's the more perplexing part.
     

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  9. LiesForTheLiars macrumors regular

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  10. Apple Key macrumors 6502a

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    Good point! I forgot about that. I've tested and get the same results. I wonder how it could have happened then.
     
  11. AndrewDarnell macrumors newbie

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