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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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 hanging out. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...