there appears to be a virus for the mac

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  1. killwill169 macrumors member

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    okay, so today i turned on my imac, the 2005 white version, and was downloading a chinese movie. the movie finished downloading, i opened it to check it was working with some subtitles i had downloaded. somewhere during this time i was also updating or doing something with norton antivirus, and it gives me a message that the vulnerability protection is corrupted or something like that. i ignore this for the time being.

    then i went to work on a powerpoint. halfway, i needed some pictures so i opened iphoto, but iphoto wouldnt open. iphoto had the question mark in the dock, which means that finder cant find it. as a result, i immediately went to the applications folder and saw each of my applications being deleted.

    i have no idea how this happened, but i immediately shut down my mac to prevent other files from being deleted. could this be a potential mac virus, and how do i deal with it?
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I very highly doubt that is a virus, especially if you are running an 05 mac. No one would write a virus for a PPC machine, as there really aren't that many of them out there.
     
  3. killwill169 thread starter macrumors member

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    its an imac. i cant find any other possible explanation for my applications being deleted while i was seeing them being removed. i am rebooting in safe mode right now, but its taking forever.
     
  4. rprebel macrumors 6502

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    My blue/white G3 takes exception to that remark.:mad:
     
  5. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    The PPC comment or the virus comment?

    and @ OP, I assume your iMac is a G5, as you said it was from 05
     
  6. killwill169 thread starter macrumors member

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    any ideas as to what i should do? also, ive been waiting 30 minutes for safe boot. is this normal?
     
  7. rprebel macrumors 6502

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    This part.

    And i was kidding. I'm not actually mad about it.
     
  8. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    That's what I figured. I actually am looking at buying a G4 of some sort to have at home for browsing while I am off at school. Not a real necessity, more just because I want one :p

    But no, the 30 minute boot isn't normal. Try hard restarting it and see if that works. It just would seem odd that it would do that, although downloading movies is a bit risky. Maybe just wait a bit and see if anyone else has had experience with something like this.
     
  9. killwill169 thread starter macrumors member

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    does anybody have any advice please?? i really really need help.
     
  10. rprebel macrumors 6502

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    No, that is not normal. You should try booting from an install disc and running Disk Utility. That'd be my step 1.

    They're so cool. Upgrading involves opening a latch and plugging in your new hardware. Oh, you do have to close the latch when you're done. That part sucks:D
     
  11. killwill169 thread starter macrumors member

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    Could u clarify how to do this please?
     
  12. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    At startup hold option until you get an image of the hard drive and a disk next to it. click on the disk, and it will boot from that
     
  13. diazj3 macrumors 6502a

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    try to find out what was happening in the system log during this mysterious event....
     
  14. killwill169 thread starter macrumors member

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    its not working, im getting a black screen with text saying something about 2 more failures and it will cause job removal
     
  15. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Eek. That is bad, I would suggest a call to apple.
     
  16. killwill169 thread starter macrumors member

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    im getting "localhost:/ i have no name!"
     
  17. rprebel macrumors 6502

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    I did some reading, and found a vaguely similar story. That person deleted the plist file of the app that was causing the problem, and the problem went away. So maybe try deleting the plist file of whatever app you were using to view that movie.

    Worth a shot.
     
  18. killwill169 thread starter macrumors member

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    where did u find this? and also i cant even access the computer anymore. it either goes to that black screen and says the system is throttling
     
  19. rprebel macrumors 6502

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    it should be in /System/Library/LaunchDaemons, and the name of the offending app will be in the file name.

    The system is throttling? Okay...you got me. I have no idea what that means. But I'll bet google does:)

    You can't boot from an OS disc? Instead of holding Option and clicking the disc, try holding the C key when you turn it on (with the OS disc in it of course).
     
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    Mac Virus/Malware Info

    You don't say what version of Mac OS X you're running.
    If you're running Leopard or Snow Leopard, you don't have a virus, as none exist in the wild that run on these platforms.
    This could be part of the problem, as most Chinese movies I've seen weren't very good. The subtitles just ruin everything! :D
    Problem #2. Norton AntiVirus isn't going to detect a Mac virus, since there ARE none that exist in the wild that run on Mac OS X. NAV can't detect a Mac virus because it doesn't know what to look for. It does, however, do a great job of needlessly consuming your system resources, making your Mac run slower.
    It's a bad practice to ignore error or warning messages. Pay attention to them! They're there for a purpose.

    As for your other statements:
    You make it very difficult for people to help you when you don't offer specific, accurate information. Don't say, "I got a message about something that sounded kinda like...." Quote the exact error message, word for word. In fact, many times you can find solutions if you simply Google the exact error message.

    Being vague and general is like going to a doctor and saying, "I've got something wrong with me somewhere", and leaving the doctor to do guesswork to determine if you have cancer or a splinter in your finger.

    Maximizing your MacRumors troubleshooting experience. (if you really need help, this is valuable to know!)
     
  22. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Files disappearing ... slow or no boot ... It sounds more like your hard drive is dying rather quickly. I hope you have everything backed up somewhere.
     
  23. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Dingdingding! We have a winner!

    OP, it sounds to me like your hard drive has taken a dump.
     
  24. killwill169 thread starter macrumors member

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    is there any way i can recover the hard drive data? i could care less about the computer, but i need the data.
     
  25. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    You can try Data Rescue.
     

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