UNIX commands to check if there was any kind of spyware installed, can you help?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by throwing, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. throwing macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2013
    can you guys tell if there's anything suspicious from my results?

    com.manycamllc.driver.ManyCamDriver (0.0.9)





    my computer has been slow and laggy for a while now and i don't know whats going on. i have to constantly reboot in order for it to not freeze up. also if you can suggest anything else i can do to check my system out from spyware or anything malicious going on, that'd be great! :D
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    What "results" are these, exactly?

    Have you installed the sofware/hardware that these third-party filenames relate to?
    Wacom tablet?
    ManyCam camera?
    Valve's Steam?
    Adobe CS5?
    MS Office?
    Music Manager system preference?

    There's nothing there that looks "wrong" or suspicious, but if you don't need/use these, then you should make sure that they are uninstalled.

    Use Activity Monitor to see what's taking up all the CPU or RAM. Also, maker sure your disk is not too full.

    "Slowness does not equal malware." It's perfectly possible for you to have malware that doesn't slow the machine down at all.
  3. throwing thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2013

    well i ran across these commands from some thread on the apple support community to check for key logging because i've had some data compromised recently, and i was being paranoid. but then i ran into that google.keystone.user.agent result and decided to google it coming up with some stuff saying it was spyware and some results saying it was a google updater. which i think might be causing all this sloggishness from my macbook if it is.
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Which Google software have you installed? As for the google.keystone.user.agent.plist file, you Google search should have found this webpage with instructions to disable the file.
  5. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    What were the commands?

    What was the thread on Apple Support community?
    I.e. post the URL.

    What was the data that was compromised?
    I'm not asking you to post the data, but simply describe it. For example, some people think that having the password of their GMail account compromised implies that their computer has been compromised. This isn't necessarily so. An online password can be compromised in any number of ways that have nothing to do with a key-logger (or any other malware) on one's computer.
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you're having performance issues on a Mac, malware is typically the last thing to suspect, not the first. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 10 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing, as described in the following link.

    Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.

    The only way to get a keylogger on your Mac is to actively install it yourself, or give someone else access to your Mac to install it.

    If you're having performance issues, this may help:

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