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MY MAC HAS A VIRUS!!! I don't have any antivirus software! HELP!!!!

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August 3, 2012 11:11:17 PM

Help me! my mac doesn't have any antiviruses because I stupidly thought macs don't get them...HELP ME!!!
August 3, 2012 11:23:18 PM

before when Macs wasn't as popular, its almost as if they were virus immune because of the fact that so little people used it, that no one bothered to make a virus for the OS(since it works differently than windows). Now that Macs become slightly more mainstream, people actually took the time to go infect them, then I believe apple rescinded the statement about being virus free on their site afterwords.

As of the problem, I'm not really to sure about what programs are compatible with Mac OSX, but there will be alot of tools you can use. but the most important thing you haven't given us is information on:

1. What the virus is doing
2. Is any program/site being blocked

because viruses can be as simple as hiding in a folder all the way to being complex by hiding in the tiny ram slot built for the bios causing the virus to regenerate every time the computer is turned on.
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August 4, 2012 2:22:48 AM

booyahshaka said:
Help me! my mac doesn't have any antiviruses because I stupidly thought macs don't get them...HELP ME!!!
You should always have an anti virus software installed even with Macs.Download SOPHOS it is free and it is good.This will help you with your problems.
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August 4, 2012 6:26:49 AM

There are no known viruses in circulation that can infect the latest builds of OS X, there are instances of malicious web sites and malicious apps.

If you tell people what build of OS X you have and what the issue is maybe someone can help.
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August 5, 2012 2:00:51 AM

booyahshaka said:
Help me! my mac doesn't have any antiviruses because I stupidly thought macs don't get them...HELP ME!!!
Members are trying to assist you but your information is not accurate at all.
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August 29, 2012 12:35:12 AM

JustSomeJoe said:
There are no known viruses in circulation that can infect the latest builds of OS X, there are instances of malicious web sites and malicious apps.

If you tell people what build of OS X you have and what the issue is maybe someone can help.



Not true.
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August 29, 2012 12:59:17 AM

Easiest thing to try first is to download anti-malware software and run it.
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August 29, 2012 1:13:10 AM

Hi :) 

Norton do a Mac version...

All the best Brett :) 
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August 29, 2012 1:49:47 AM

After working with Apple for several years as a "Product Specialist or Tier 2 Technician" I can tell you Apple's official policy on virus' was "security through obscurity." Meaning why would anyone make a virus for OSX when it was less than 10% of the total computer market. We would recommend ClamXAV. http://www.clamxav.com/ as it is free and fairly decent.

We however ran Symantec Endpoint on our macs at the corporate level.

And yes, there are several known virus' and malware for OSX. Most are patched out within a few months but some of the older versions of OSX are still vulnerable.
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August 29, 2012 3:15:47 AM

ish416 said:
After working with Apple for several years as a "Product Specialist or Tier 2 Technician" I can tell you Apple's official policy on virus' was "security through obscurity." Meaning why would anyone make a virus for OSX when it was less than 10% of the total computer market. We would recommend ClamXAV. http://www.clamxav.com/ as it is free and fairly decent.

We however ran Symantec Endpoint on our macs at the corporate level.

And yes, there are several known virus' and malware for OSX. Most are patched out within a few months but some of the older versions of OSX are still vulnerable.
How is Sophos in your opinion as a anti virus software. I use this now.
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August 29, 2012 7:01:25 AM

The way the OP hasn't replid with any issues/problems/symptoms says only one thing TROLL!
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August 29, 2012 10:21:19 AM

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How is Sophos in your opinion as a anti virus software. I use this now.


Sophos was rather clunky the last time I used it (early 2011). It seemed to work sorta. I didn't care for the interface and when it found something it couldn't delete it but would give you instructions on how to remove it. Also, it's Windows scanning was in my opinion not very good. We would get several false positives on our Windows VM's.

Keep in mind, the last time I was in the land of Mac was over a year ago so things may have gotten better with it. Regardless, it is better than nothing.
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August 30, 2012 3:27:34 AM

ish416 said:
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How is Sophos in your opinion as a anti virus software. I use this now.


Sophos was rather clunky the last time I used it (early 2011). It seemed to work sorta. I didn't care for the interface and when it found something it couldn't delete it but would give you instructions on how to remove it. Also, it's Windows scanning was in my opinion not very good. We would get several false positives on our Windows VM's.

Keep in mind, the last time I was in the land of Mac was over a year ago so things may have gotten better with it. Regardless, it is better than nothing.
I have it and never found it clunky and slowing down the system at all. To me it is better than ClamXVA which I had also and got rid of.
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January 21, 2013 6:44:22 PM

I have a virus or something similar on my computer! I recently purchased my Macbook Pro less than 6 months ago and it runs on Mountain Lion. Recently, I have been getting interactive ads on the right side of safari and even chrome. I also get a small ad bar at the bottom of the screen. It's on every freaking website!

I have used ClamXav on my Mac. It found a few infected files and quarantined them for me, but it I'm still having issues. Can anyone help point me in the right direction to getting rid of this nonsense? Thank in advance.

Also, it will take random words on a website and attach a link to it, with a pop up every time I go over it. Most annoying!

-Ty
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January 21, 2013 7:00:17 PM

Hi :) 

Use the MAC NORTON version ...

All the best Brett :) 
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January 21, 2013 8:42:52 PM

I've downloaded Mac Norton free trial, ran all of the scans and it found one trojan. Unfortunately, I still have these damn ads popping up!
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January 21, 2013 11:09:45 PM

tlehr6467 said:
I've downloaded Mac Norton free trial, ran all of the scans and it found one trojan. Unfortunately, I still have these damn ads popping up!
Use Ghostery which will get rid of these ads.
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January 22, 2013 2:17:39 AM

Worked like a charm. Just loading this page, it managed to block 22 pop-ups. Amazing! Thanks so much!
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January 22, 2013 2:26:45 AM

Ghostery is a powerful anti tracker addon. i didnt know of its existence until a reddit IAMA for mozilla firefox devs was given a question about addons people should get. Its something i recommend to other users who dont have it installed.
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