Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain unauthorized access to computer systems.

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Error with com.apple.mrt (launchd) in El Capitan [on hold]

I just realized that the job "com.apple.mrt" crashes every 10 second on my Mac. What is exactly the aim of com.apple.mrt ? Apparently it should be a "Malware Removal Tool" Can I remove it from ...
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Possible keylogger? How to remove?

I'm tailing var/log/sys.log and I keep getting this message: Jul 13 23:43:52 mac[redacted lol] syslogagent[19960]: Authentication String htt[space ...
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iPhone 4 screen lock through unsolicited ad

On my iPhone 4 A1332 I had a pop-up this morning from daily-offers-online.com which I could not remove. I had no access to Safari until I clicked on the pop-up's OK button (which I did by accident). ...
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My iMac will not allow me to log onto my desktop

I got a viruses alert when using my Mac and sadly I reacted ASAP. I gave control to a remote technican via log-me-in and I went through the steps that where asked. After I got off the phone with the ...
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how can I trust website that telling me I have viruses or malware. [duplicate]

This is the website telling me that I have virus. Is it true? If it not, what happened to my iPad. Before, someone download a lot of PDFs, it a book, studying book, many other. Few day later I got 8 ...
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Is this iPhone alert Trojan/Malware?

Once in a while I get this bizarre behavior on my iPhone 5's screen with iOS 8.3.1. (The button says 'Approve' - in Hebrew). I can't say if its SMS/MMS or something else. But it feels like Malware. ...
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Opening suspicious files

How can I deal/inspect a suspicious file on my mac short of installing and creating a full blown virtual machine instance? On windows when I want to open a suspicious file I use the sandboxing app ...
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Is this a new virus or adware/malware signature? How do I resolve this?

Since the last 12 hours or so, I've been facing a virus that's somewhat peculiar. When I open websites, and click any link on those websites, I get a new pop-up tab that opens a link from ...
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Eliminate com.adobe.ARMDC.Communicator.plist malware

Running an Early '09 iMac with Mavericks. Earlier this month I began to see a pop up referencing a 'malware cleaner'. Below is a copy of items dated May 4th in the Launch Agents and Launch Daemons ...
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Confusion in understanding data fork, resource fork and the MachO file format when viewed all together

Note: I am a newbie to the OS X world. So please take it easy if I ask something noobish. According to what I have read/understood: MachO's file layout consists of a header, load commands and data ...
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IPad and IPhone - backing up “corrupted” file - spyware on IPad

My IPad Backup failed because the back up is corrupt. Deleting the back up using iTunes or Windows File Explorer and repeating did not work. During Backup to my PC I got multiple popups from ESET ...
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Is this a virus?

I have been getting this ad popup for the last few months(green banner on the left). It happens on some web sites but not all. Is this a malware infection on my Mac or the web host being compromised ...
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Does my MacBook have malware? Frozen screen and Automatic Clock Reset on Macbook Pro

I like to download books and games on the internet and so my MacBook Pro had acquired some malware. I did not know this, but eventually I installed Avast. It detected that I had acquired a couple of ...
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How reliable and trustworthy are the Objective-See Security tools (KnockKnock (UI), Dynamic Hijack Scanner and BlockBlock)?

DHS found an issue Is this a false positive? Anybody else with the same message? I installed BlockBlock. What do you think about it? Do you trust those Security tools? BlockBlock (beta) ...
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How do I detect malware and remove it from iPad?

I was an idiot, clicked on a zip file from a scam (notice to appearing court). How do I know if the malware did in fact get installed and if it did, how do I get rid of it?
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How did “Hazel” get on my computer?

I just noticed a thing called "Hazel" has appeared in my System Preferences. I've no idea what it is or how it got there. When I googled hazel mac, it looks like it's a popular app with glowing ...
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I can't find the adware to remove it [duplicate]

I have some pretty invasive adware going on right now. It is in both Safari and Chrome, so I don't believe it is an extension (I have also looked through all extensions). I have also tried searching ...
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Does my Air have malware if widows pop up when I click on any link?

Every time I click to open a link, other windows start opening. They all want to sell me Detox your Mac or have warnings about how my Mac is at risk or infected. How can I check for malware?
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How to lock down safari?

I'm a Linux user, but a friend comes to me with tech support questions from time to time. Generally, I refer him to the genius bar. He's getting spyware due to browsing habits, and, apparently, the ...
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Have there ever been malicious MacPorts portfiles?

Is there a reason to use caution when installing packages from Macports? I'm still new to *nix land, more a result of projects like Ubuntu making things like installing programs easy. I always felt ...
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unload a kernal extension

I am trying to remove a kernel extension but every time i restart it keeps coming back how to permanently remove it? i believe this com.ab.kl.engine is some sort of spyware output of: kextstat | ...
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How can I guard myself from Wirelurker?

Just saw an article about the vicious malware that is Wirelurker. In short, Wirelurker can attack even non-jailbroken iOS devices, and has great potential to turn these wonderful iOS devices into dumb ...
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Google Chrome empty Finder window

Today without (yet) no evident change in my working Mac running Mountain Lion (10.8.5) I saw at least 10 times an empty window pop up on top of my working environnment.. At each of these events, I ...
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uninstalling adware bundled with adobe reader etc

My wife recently needed to install Adobe Reader for some of her work (apparently there is some kind of interactive functionality that Preview doesn't support) and in the process managed to install ...
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I downloaded malware called extended icons from skype - removal?

I got this as a skype message: "Your skype does not support extended icons. Please download the extension here: " (skypemoticonscomplete dot com) And then went to the url and ...
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I have this screen bug that comes and goes, is there any way to fix it?

It is sort of like a static wave that goes across my screen for a second then goes away. It is rather annoying it comes once every 5 minutes i'd say. 2010 macbook pro 15" 4gb-ram NVIDIA GeForce GT ...
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Malware or not, and how to fix?

I have a problem where advertising popups randomly appear in new windows in Firefox or Safari. I have the newest Firefox/Safari versions, and Mac OS 10.9. I do not have this problem in Chrome. Is this ...
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Adware removal?

I wanted to watch a show on couchtuner.eu (a friend recommended, I hadn't used the website before). I carelessly followed some Java link to update, and…now I have ads everywhere, pop-ups, etc. Ads ...
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Am I being monitored?

I have a few questions to ask regarding the parental controls. I have a MacBook Pro OS X version 10.9.4. and it was bought by my ex to help me with my medical schooling. We’re no longer together. ...
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“App of the Day is a feature of Pet Match” on each page of Safari

Just today-yesterday I started to see the following text almost on each second page I open in Safari. How to disable this? "App of the Day is a feature of Pet Match and uses visual search ...
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How to remove Italian browser ramsonware? Arma dei Carabinieri - Attenzione! Il Suo computer personale è stato bloccato per

I've a MacBook Pro and Mavericks. My browsers are blocked by ramsonware. It asks 100 $/Euro and says that your computer is blocked by the Italian cops and constantly redirects you to a fake page. ...
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Help Removing Last Traces of Genieo

Some of that darned Genieo got on my computer. I've deleted all the files that the various places online suggest. I can find NO trace of Genieo anywhere in my files or libraries, but with Safari and ...
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Safari redirecting occasionally to sponsor.adverstitial.com

Recently Safari has been exhibiting an odd behavior - I'm in the middle of browsing something and suddenly the entire page is redirected to a sponsor.adverstitial.com URL. In searching online I see ...
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Is it possible to hide files from Terminal's ls?

I am saving some files because I need to reinstall OS X, and noticed oddly high numbers of files in some folders. Is it possible for malware to hide files from ls?
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help removing installmac malware

In a moment of stupidity I installed a program on my OS X 10.8.5 that was suppose to turn my Iphone into a remote for my powerbook. I was gifted with this hijacker app SearchInstallmac I've read a ...
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Is the message “You must change your passcode within 60 minutes” valid / non-malware?

A few minutes ago, after unlocking my phone (iPhone 4, iOS 7.0.1) I got a dialog over the home screen: Passcode Requirement You must change your passcode within 60 minutes and it offered to ...
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Uninstalling Genieo broke my system

Update below, the rest is more or less background information. After discovering a Genieo install, I vaguely recalled it being, well, not trustworthy. After a quick search I knew I wanted to ...
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Strange Camera Shutter sound from Macbook Pro

My Macbook Pro (Mid-2010, Running OS 10.9) has been making a strange camera shutter sound every couple minutes for the last two weeks. I initially thought it was an ad from one of my Chrome tabs, but ...
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Does Safari on OS X Mavericks Ignore Browsing History Preferences?

I have posted in greater detail about this on a blog post at https://browserprivacy.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/does-safari-on-os-x-mavericks-ignore-browsing-history-preferences/ but this excerpt is the ...
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What is “AddressBookUrlForwarder”?

Today I clicked a link on Facebook and a dialogue window gave me the message: "The link needs to be opened with an application. Send to: AddressBookUrlForwarder Upon examining the link, it ...
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Chrome Virus - Bueno Search

Today I suddenly had my new tabs overidden by the "buenosearch" website with no new extensions or apps installed. I have followed all steps I can find online to remove this but it continues to come ...
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Rogue calendar event

I have just had a mysterious thing happen: a calendar event has appeared out of nowhere. At more or less the same time I received a similar email: Now I am used to email spam, but how on earth ...
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Unexpected app “Admin Alert” running on my machine

All of a sudden I noticed an application called "Admin Alert" in my dock. This is a work computer, I'm wondering if this is some sort of "spyware" that our lovely IT department has installed on my ...
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HP Product Research on Activity Log

I'm seeing an item on my activity monitor called 'HP Product Research.' I assume it's associated with some HP Printer drivers that I no long need, and have have removed, but this tracker keeps ...
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iPhone 3- Was set up with someone elses iTunes account, are they able to access my phone?

My phone recently for no apparent reason came up with the iTunes symbol and a pic of a USB cord. Apple seems thus far unable to access any of my data-like my contacts which is the most important. ...
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Why Is Mac Malware Less Frequent Than On Windows Systems? [closed]

Whenever I ask friends, colleagues and acquaintances why they have bought an Apple Mac and switched from Windows, nine times out of ten the response I receive is: "Macs don't get viruses" Is it true ...
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How can I circumvent XProtect and re-enable Java Applets?

So, Apple has again updated their XProtect malware definitions to block Java Applets. Unfortunately, my wife's employer's VPN requires an Applet to be run in order to fully establish connectivity. She ...
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What is writing to Disk causing eventual Beach-ball-of-death

What is running my machine down? This is iotop output...I still can't tell what is driving my system to a halt. Command+i on the SSD shows my "used space" slowly changing. It does this for about an ...
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Help with a HD reformat and Mountain Lion reinstall due to unknown type of hack, Malware, etc

So, I needed to reformat the HD in my mid 2011 Mac Mini (done) and plan to reinstall Mountain Lion on it. I created an SDXC install disk to do this.  I'm curious to know if the disk2 partition with ...
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Sudden flash of gray in the background

In the last few days I've had a sudden flash of gray in the background. I'm on MacOS 10.7.5. I'm not able to provide a screenshot because it only happens for a split second, but here is a more or less ...