What does err 13 mean?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by DannyD, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. DannyD macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2008
    Philly, PA
    I'm doing a virus scan with avast! for mac os. (yes I know that everyone says there is no need for virus protection but I have a ton of pictures on my computer and backup drive and hope to start a business with them some day. Don't want it all to get messed up by some possible virus yet to be created. Plus its just nice to do for our windows using friends!) Anyways, it's not showing any viruses but it is showing several warnings. When I click on them to see what they are the message reads-

    "There is no special description for the error 13 available. The operating system description (English, not localised) says:

    Operation could not be completed. Permission denied"

    Does this mean I have some corrupted files to take care of and if so, how do I do this? Just out of curiosity, does anyone else use virus protection (if yes which one works the best?)
    Thanks for your help guys!
  2. ebel3003 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2007
    "The Google"
    Looks more like the program just didn't have permission to open certain files, probably system files. Also, you're probably just going to cause more problems by using a program to dig around for stuff that isn't there.
  3. Ugg macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2003
    I took a look at the Avasti Support forum and the following thread seems to address your problem.

    I don't use anti virus software so can't help you there.

    One good way of ensuring that you have uncorrupted backups is to burn everything to a disk. I do that with all my photos. I usually make two or three copies. I've spent literally hundreds of hours scanning photos and I'm unwilling to lose everything to a corrupted hard drive.

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