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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How to get rid of booby-trapped pop ups to update flash player?

I'm coming across a malicious pop up to update my flash player. The message in the pop up: Warning! Your Adobe Flash Player version is outdated. Security risks. Please update now. I've seen this ...
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WeTransfer email received without ever using the service

I'm am using a MacBook Pro 2012 using El Captain version 10.11.3 I received 5 minutes ago an email from WeTransfer (noreply@wetransfer.com) saying that "Your file has been sent to ***@libero.it. As ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it too much paranoia to be suspicious of software that require a separate “Helper App”?

I was out trying to find a good system monitor application and decided to give a shot to Monity, which has gotten several good reviews from respectable journals. What bothers me is that the ...
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Concerned I may have accidentally dropped malware (or something) onto my system

First time poster in this part of Stack Exchange - apologies I have posted in the wrong section. In short I have an iMac running 10.8. Most of the time I quite happily get about my business but about ...
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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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Start app/command-line tool without internet/network access

Is there anything that can help me launch an app or command-line tool without internet or network access even when I'm connected to the internet? (so that I can use other apps with Internet, and block ...
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“Remote Desktop Client” updated, but NOT installed

I just purchased a used iMac yesterday. Today, the app store updated "Apple Remote Desktop Client". I can not find an app called that in my app folder. Could it be hidden? Could this be used to 'spy' ...
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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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Suspicious warning about a Kernel Extension

This morning i received this warning from BlockBlock about a new kernel extension being installed. I'm running OS X 10.11.4. I looked up on google and found out that it could be related to a ...
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Need to force close suspicious tab/dialogue box jamming everything

Need to force close suspicious tab without accepting a download from a dialogue box that currently has the whole browser stuck.It wants me to click "OK" to unfreeze things. The screen shot (for those ...
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What is MacUpdaterSwift in my com.apple.loginitems.plist file?

I saw some strange entries in my Login Items, so I decided to do some digging in the associated com.apple.loginitems.plist file, and found something called MacUpdaterSwift. Google only gave me three ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should I be worried after clicking on attachment in scam email?

I received the email in the screenshot, which I'm fairly sure is a scam. I clicked on the attachment in the Mail app on my iPhone 6 (iOS 9.2). Note that I didn't unzip the attachment. Should I be ...
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why Chrome pop up from gocomputerhelp247.com/system-alert

Why did I suddenly get a message with a Chrome icon to call a phone number immediately because I was under attack? The address was gocomputerhelp247.com/system-alert. It told me under no circumstances ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Hidden processes causing huge increase in ios data usage?

On my first iphone the data usage was both reasonable and logical at the beginning, but a couple months in and I was seeing a ridiculous increase of >5x usage. I started off average 5-8 gb/month and ...
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Mail on Yosemite 10.10.5 Can't stop Mail from downloading attachments

Simply trying to disable Mail from downloading attachments automatically. So I went to Mail > Preferences > Accounts > Advanced tab and turned off the "Automatically download all attachments" option. ...
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What is the origin of dubious popup “UPDATING_LOCKED_TITLE”?

I was working on a Mac running Yosemite (10.10.4) with the following applications running: XQuartz (with around 10 windows), App Store (running the last update: OS X Update 10.10.5, iTunes 12.3.3, ...
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When acting as a “Personal Hotspot”, does an iPhone ever do anything beyond routing?

I want to use the iPhone's Personal Hotspot feature as my primary connection to the internet. I'm a little nervous about placing my iPhone at risk to hacking. Does Personal Hotspot perform any action ...
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What is AppleCameraAssistant and why is it using so many CPU cycles?

I noticed in top that AppleCameraAssistant is one of the most CPU-intensive processes currently running (well, technically it's sleeping, so it has 0.0% CPU, but it's still near the top of the list ...
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How to make sense of >100% CPU usage and re-spawning of a force-quitted process?

My MBP was making loud noises again so I opened up my activity manager and I was baffled to see that the CPU usage of mutt is more than 100%. This is strange because all I was doing in it was to ...
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How to get rid of the malware which creates folders

Recently I encountered some weird folders in the names of my files (including extension) which prevents some files being called. e.g. a file named index.html has been moved to a folder named ...
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Can a Remote Access Trojan infect a MacBook Pro's Hardware?

I recently threw out my old MacBook Pro HDD and replaced it with a new ones as I suspected it had been infected with a RAT (Remote Access Trojan). Is it possible that the RAT is still lurking ...
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Advice on securely removing malware

I helping out a friend who thinks they may have malware on their machine. I don't what kind or to what extent, so I don't want to boot into the system. My question is Is there a good boot time ...
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lsof on 10.7.5 does not show some connection attempts - is rootkit the only explanation?

After having SANS 504 training recently I am trying to catch some nasty stuff on my computers and finally I found something I am unable to explain. I am running concurrently Wireshark and lsof loop ...
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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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DNS Problem: My website loads a spammy page when i visit from my computer, but works fine on my phone and other computers

I have tried visiting http://getridofit.com from my mac using Chrome and Safari. Both times it loads this page: When I visit from any other computer I get the normal website. Is this a DNS problem ...