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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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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{facepalm} I downloaded malware called extended icons from skype - removal?

Ok, so ya big facepalm here. 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 ...
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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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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 hanging out. ...
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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 ...
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Way to tell where a password dialog is coming from?

Sometimes a piece of software will automatically update itself, and I'll abruptly get the "type your password to allow this" dialog. Is there any verification going on behind the scenes before the OS ...
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How come Apple Mail reports 'outgoing message' although I haven't written any?

When I open the Mail application (vers. 5.3, OS X 10.7.5 Lion), it contacts all mail servers (several POP3 and IMAP), which is reported in the Mail Activity section in the lower left. However, I ...
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My OS closes down after 5 seconds of inactivity (with the alert pop-up)

Since yesterday, when i'm running my computer, it shutDowns after 5 seconds of running. In order to make it work, i need to press continuously the escape key so the popUp alert who close the computer ...
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MacBook Pro camera and microphone used by malware?

Given the increasing number of reports about malware for Apple computers, I am concerned by the fact that there's no simple way to physically block the camera while I'm using my MacBook Pro. Is it ...
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How did my Mac end up with iPhone 4S as my host name in the user prompt in OS X terminal?

The other day I was searching for Xcode iOS 5 tutorials. About a day or two later, I noticed my terminal prompt is now "iPhone4s : myusername". Naturally , my biggest fear is that there could be a ...
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Avoiding malware in recommendations?

Occasionally, answers on this site include software recommendations. Let’s assume a "legitimate developer" pretends to have created a useful application that is (secretly) capable of doing harm. How ...
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Do I have malware? Mysterious connection made by app

I have Little Snitch installed. I use an app [that shall remain nameless in case this is a false alarm]. I was recently reviewing connection attempts in Little Snitch, and it claims that [this app] ...
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Did I expose myself to information-theft via possible malware on iPad by opening an e-mail in Safari?

I received an email from cdhhospitals.org/upload.htm and opened it. I immediately was redirected to a waiting screen. I immediately closed the Safari app. I tried to track this site down and the ...
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How to securely restore new MacBook air after someone else was first admin user

I've just received my new MacBook Air. (my first Apple computer in 15 years!) Unfortunately, I had it sent to work on a day I wasn't in, and it was mistaken for the new intern's computer. He proceeded ...
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How do I examine my iPad for malware?

Lately I occasionally get redirected to other websites when I load some news websites. It could be a banner redirect I guess, but I suspect something more sinister. The iPad is NOT jailbroken and ...
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Full screen ad on iPhone in place of lock screen

I own an iPhone 3GS and use it as personal hotspot for my MacBook Pro via USB. The iPhone is running iOS 5.1.1, and the MacBook is running a Mountain Lion preview. However the question is not ...
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what is “translate” and why does it want access to my keychain?

I use Entourage for my email accounts but I keep getting a pop up saying "translate wants to use your confidential information stored in "[my email account]" in your keychain. Do you want to allow ...
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Is it possible to download a virus via iPad safari browser?

I understand that PDF reader in iPad can be a security loophole for virus to get through; but beyond that, how easy ( or hard, or even possible ) is for a virus to sneak through iPad safari browser? ...
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Installing (any) App asks for my password again and security question's answers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is this “Security Info Required” prompt legitimate? I am trying to install Wunderlist (pick any other App), the App Store asks for my password which is fine. ...
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What does the Flashback malware do?

There was a question about removing the Flashback malware from your OS X machine, but I'm still not clear on what it does. What exactly does the Flashback malware do once it is installed on your Mac?
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Can I determine how the Flashback trojan infected my machine despite disabling Java?

Apple's update on April 17, 2012 detected and deactivated the Flashback trojan. Yet two weeks ago I had following the instructions here. After concluding that my Mac is not infected, I disabled Java. ...
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Where can I find the latest java update for Mac OS systems prior to 10.6?

I have a couple of old Macs that run old versions of Mac OSX and I want to protect them from the recent Flashback malware. Has Apple produced a java update for systems Prior to 10.6 (snow leopard)? ...
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Is my Mac infected with the Flashback trojan?

I own a 2011 model of MacBook Pro with a Core i7 processor and Snow Leopard. I have found out there is a trojan horse which now controls 600,000 Macs. How can I find out if my MacBook is being ...
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How to limit my Mac's exposure to malware?

With OS X malware increasingly in the news (see the Flashback Trojan issue), is there anything that I should do to increase the security of my Mac and reduce my exposure to malware? What I'm doing ...
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Did the Java 1.6.0_31 update fix the Flashback trojan problem?

Is the recent Java update of OSX (Java for OS X Lion 2012-002) to 1.6.0_31 also a bug fix for the Flashback malware? The update is described here as: Multiple vulnerabilities exist in Java ...