Trojan/virus?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by longball11, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. longball11 macrumors 6502a

    longball11

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    I was surfing through the internet and admittedly looking at porn. Now, I clicked on a video and sent me somewhere else. The window that pops up is a windows desktop. Then I get a pop up saying a i have a trojan on my computer i need to download windows installer. I clicked cancel but kept bringing it back up and there was no way out of it even when I tried to quit safari. So I just restarted.
    I did know that it said windows. I didnt download anything but i couldnt get out of it. Do I have a trojan or no? It's worrying me bc its the first time its happened on a mac for me. Yes, I regret it and it feels dirty and makes me wanna buy a another macbook -_-...
     
  2. RKO macrumors 6502

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    Forget it. Just an advertising ploy to make windows users download and buy their software.
     
  3. spillproof macrumors 68020

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    You are fine. Take a cold shower, Windex your screen and resume normal activities. (Sometimes the popups offer better videos)
     
  4. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Using javascript alerts and some programming logic, it's possible to make a pop-up that will never go away, or whenever you try to close it, it won't let you.

    The simplest thing to do is just ignore it, you're not going to get any virus/trojans from porn sites this way.
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Those screens are called scareware; they try to scare you into thinking you have malware/viruses and tell you to buy and download their tool, which is itself malware. The screens are always windows screens, which is a dead giveaway on OSx. Also it's in a browser window. You can google scareware for more info.
     
  6. longball11 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So are you saying Ive got scareware? From what Ive read, I should be worried. If Ive got it, how do i get rid of it?
     
  7. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816

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    Nothing to get rid of.... calm down:) you are fine
     
  8. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    You don't have a Windows machine, so why would any relevant prompt suddenly appear in a Windows environment?

    You're fine. Chill...you didn't get anything virus/trojan/malware related installed. Close out the browser and clear your cache and any cookies from that session. You can also clear your Flash cache if that was involved-- http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager03.html and go to the last tab and delete any relevant sites.

    You can prevent the cache/cookies issue by using Safari or Firefox in "private mode" in the future, but the Flash cache will store regardless of your browser mode.
     
  9. splitpea macrumors 6502a

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    By the way, you can force the browser to quit without rebooting. Cmd-option-escape pulls up a window with a list of running apps; you can select one and click "force quit".
     
  10. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    no no, you don't have it. It's just a window trying to scare you into buying their crap, which is itself a trojan. Just force quit out of the browser.
     
  11. KielderWolf macrumors regular

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    Ah the ol' Windows Defender ploy. Man even my parents know not to click those. If there's no red cross (the OS X red cross, not the Windows one, that'll be a hyperlink to the malware) to click then try command+w. Force quitting Safari sometimes can be going a little too far needlessly.

    I agree though what you'll have had will have been abusing Javascript to yield those results, so do a cookie and cache flush, zonk out your Java history files and you should be fine again.

    In future, if you really do have to watch porn, click on the Safari menu and select Private Browsing. This refuses cookies and does not save a history file until the next time you launch Safari.
     

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