Virus? Trash filling up with thousands of .emlx files

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jeff526, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. jeff526 macrumors newbie

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    Over the last few days I have seen thousands of .emlx files appearing in my Trash.
    I do have ClamXav installed and my quarantine folder is set to the trash.
    Is this an indication of a virus?
     
  2. GGJstudios, Feb 26, 2012
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    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Those are from your Mail app.
    It's not a virus, since none exist that can run on Mac OS X. You don't need any 3rd party antivirus app to keep your Mac malware-free. 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. You cannot infect your Mac simply by visiting a website, unzipping a file, opening an email attachment or joining a network. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which cannot infect your Mac unless you actively install them, and they can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
     
  3. jeff526 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the quick response - and piece of mind!

    What I cannot understand is why there are so many of these files.
    My mail app is configured to my Gmail account which I receive only 10-20 emails a day.

    Thanks again!!
    Jeff
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    This may help explain.
     

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