Random webloc-file appeared on my Mac desk - virus?

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  1. eiskaktus, Jun 5, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2018

    eiskaktus macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2017
    Hey everyone.

    A random webloc file appeared on my Mac desk.

    Does this mean somebody hacked me to get it there, should I be worried?
    I didn't visit the site that is linked to the file, so I don't think I created it. Is there any other way this could have happened without a virus? (I deleted the webloc file by the way).
    The site linked to it has just a simple logo and short text saying they offer design/website solutions (simple about.html site).

    I created an EltreCheck report, would this be of any help to solve my problem?

    Could it be of any help to analyze the the sites (safari history) around the time the webloc file was created?
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Download and run the FREE MalwareBytes for Mac:
    (Note: this downloads as a free version for 30 days. During the 30 days it will try to persuade you to upgrade to the paid version. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO THIS. After 30 days, it runs in "free mode" forever).

    Run MalwareBytes.
    Does it find anything?
    If so, it will remove it for you.

    If the icon does not re-appear, forget about it.
  3. eiskaktus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2017
    Thank you very much for your help.
    I downloaded the software, it only scanned for 3 seconds, is this the full scan? It says "congratulations you are safe", however.
  4. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    If you inadvertently drag any link from a browser to the desktop you'll end up with a webloc file.
  5. ImBuz macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2014
  6. eiskaktus, Jun 5, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2018

    eiskaktus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2017
    I don't think I accidentally dragged it there, since the site that was linked to the webloc is so random.

    I found an Indonesian Facebook-page where someone posted a link to the same "webloc"-site several times (looks like a very simple unprofessional site offering graphics/website solutions).

    However, maybe I am already overreacting and it wasn't even that site.

    I hope that malewartebytes is enough now for this kind of problem.

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