Weird Phantom ad sounds on my Mac (virus?)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ephunit, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. ephunit macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I have recently been receiving a lot of phantom ad sounds on my computer. The ads will be long (30 secs or so) and then stop. They happen when I have no browsers open, or when i kill all my browser in Activity monitor they still continue....

    This is one of the ad messages:

    "ohh my sinuses...when mucus causes sinus pressure..."

    Then it goes on to talk about:
    Maximum strength Mucinex-D. There is some dialogue between a mucus-man and someone struggling with mucus.

    I also get ones from Lysol sometimes.



    Has this ever happened to anyone else? Can I kill this in my activity monitor--if so what process name is it? If it is virus/malware, what kind of program should I run for defense? What kind of browser add-ons might stop this from occuring in the future?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    First, you don't have a virus, since none exist that run on current Mac OS X.

    Mac Virus/Malware Info

    Check Activity Monitor to see what's running. Be sure to select "All Processes" instead of "My Processes". You may find a browser running in the background, even if you can't see the window. You can sort by process name and post a screenshot here.

    For ad-blocking, I use:
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    Take a look at Dashboard, maybe the culprit can be found there?
     
  4. ephunit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    more info:

    Here is a list of the total processes running on the computer right now:

    windowserver
    usereventagent
    usbmuxd
    textedit
    systemuiserver
    syslogd
    stickies
    securityd
    preview
    pboard
    notifyd
    midiserver
    mdworker
    mds
    mDNSResponder
    loginwindow
    locationd
    launchd
    launchd
    kextd
    kerneleventagent
    kernel_task
    hidd
    hdiejectd
    garageband
    finder
    dynamic_pager
    dock
    distnoted
    diskimages-helper (listed 5 times)
    diskarbitrationd
    directoryservice
    dashboardclient
    cvmsserv
    ct_loader_agent
    coreservicesd
    coreaudiod
    configd
    blued
    autofsd
    applespell.service
    airport base station agent
    activitymonitord
    activity monitor

    Thats it! Which one is the culprit? Also, where might it have come from?

    Resolve Stainbusters ad just blared through my speakers....sooo pissed off right now! thanks for the help!
     
  5. Sedulous macrumors 68000

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  7. munkery macrumors 68020

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    Do you use AirTunes?

    Any sort of special audio setups in your network?
     
  8. ephunit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tried killing midiserver while ad was playing

    ...No effect.

    I use audacity, not air tunes though.

    Another ad for lysol.

    I also tried killing the diskimages one...no effect.

    Any other ideas?
     
  9. gman34 macrumors member

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    Try restarting.

    Maybe someone is logged in as a guest or something.
     
  10. munkery macrumors 68020

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    Switch Activity Monitor to "All Processes, Hierarchical."

    Post some screen shots.

    Garageband?
     
  11. Sedulous macrumors 68000

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    Yes, list All Processes. If it is something running on your computer it has to be listed there. Unless you are streaming a mucus and pinesol ad station or something.
     
  12. ephunit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tried closing garageband, did not work (seemed unlikely)

    Here are some screenshots. Keep in mind I have tried killing Google Chrome/Opera/Firefox (I don't use safari) and all of its subs, but that did not work.

    Any ideas?

    (attached is screenshots of my activity monitor sorted hierarchically)
     

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  13. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Restart. Does the problem go away? When does it come back? Be methodical about your steps.
     
  14. stridemat Moderator

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    Check your widget dashboard! There may well be something installed...
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I would try killing Flux, Opera, Chrome, and Firefox
     
  16. munkery macrumors 68020

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  17. ephunit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Flux is not it either. What exactly do you mean by the widget dashboard?

    no speakers attached, so I guess it means internal?
     
  18. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What about Opera, Chrome and Firefox?
     
  19. ephunit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yea- I had tried closing all my web browsers (that was my first thought--maybe it was a plugin gone awry) but the problem persists....
     
  20. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Start by closing all apps, including all browsers and dashboard widgets. Then launch Activity Monitor and start killing processes that show you as the user, until the sound stops. Make note of each one before you kill it, so you know which one it stops on. It's absolutely one of those. It's just a matter of the process of elimination until you find the right one. The worst that can happen if you kill the wrong process is you'd have to restart.
     
  21. ephunit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sounds like a good plan. how exactly do i know which processes are dashboard widgets?
     
  22. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Just go to your Dashboard (F4 key) and hold the Option key down. An X will appear in a circle in the top left corner of each widget that you mouse over. Click those to close each one.
     
  23. simsaladimbamba, Dec 15, 2010
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  24. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The Dashboard is conveniently located between the steering wheel and the windshield! :D
     
  25. munkery macrumors 68020

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    In activity monitor, Dashboard widgets are labelled as "DashboardClient."

    You may have fewer listed in Activity Monitor than are actually running as I do believe the default widgets are run within the Dock process as suggested by the hierarchy in Activity Monitor.

    You can force quit/relaunch the Dock using Activity Monitor to cycle the state of all the DashboardClients.
     

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