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Questions tagged [malware]

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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I heard about the new ZombieLoad vulnerability. How do I protect my Mac?

I don't want my data to be vulnerable to the new MDS issues discovered on Intel processors. What can I do? Is my credit card information safe?
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What is the function of `Library/Application Support/updater_mcy/updater_mcy` file?

My Avast security app has isolated the following file: Library/Application Support/updater_mcy/updater_mcy Since this has happened, I think it has resulted in me getting error messages on my Mac ...
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How to get rid of an spyware on iPhone 8 called News?

I've been suspecting my iPhone to be hacked for quite some times now. After setting the two-factor authentication system on it earlier this week, a connection attempt has been made by someone else (I'...
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STRANGE: After saving a file named BD.jpg, a few minutes later it got renamed to: Good morning -darling …!…-).jpg. WTH?

Yesterday a really strange thing happened to me. I exported 3 files via PhotoShop from the same .psd file: first CA.jpg, second HK.jpg than the third BD.jpg to a website's src project folder (loaded ...
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How to detect and maybe eliminate Malware from 'Flash Player'?

I read about that some websites do claim you have old Adobe Flash Player installed. I am not sure whether or not I got such notifications legitimately or not. I know I have downloaded some Flash ...
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When waking from sleep, login input acts as if delete key is stuck; can't log in

I've had this symptom only twice, both in the last week: I wake my MacbookPro11,4 (mid 2015) from sleep, and I can't type my password to log in because every input keystroke is immediately deleted. ...
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Why is IMRemoteURLConnectionAgent contacting a Charter IP address

I never use iMessage. I never use iCloud. And yet I happened to check my Mac's current network connections and I found this: IMRemoteURLConn 33557 me 7u IPv4 ... 0t0 TCP 192.168.1.198:57996-&...
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What is this strange process `qemu` connecting to minergate.com?

I noticed this in Little Snitch: qemu-system-x86_64 /usr/local/Cellar/qemu/3.0.0/bin/qemu-system-x86_64 Total: 444 B sent, 0 B received Outgoing to xmr.pool.minergate.com (78.46.23.253, 46.4.119....
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Suddenly, menu bar applications have blue badges

I am using a MacBook Air 13' bought in 2017, running Mojave 10.14.1 (18B75). I recently removed malware and plugins named Weknow.ac. Now, several of the application badges and indicators in the menu ...
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Removing Bundlore malware manually

I have a MacBook Pro with macOS Mojave. My Sophos antivirus software found a 'Bundlore' malware and I need to remove it manually. It says it's located in: /Volumes/Player/Player_440.app/Contents/...
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What is the process „Tornit“? It wants to access Safari documents & passwords

I was using Safari a couple of days ago, when I got a pop-up window: Tornit wants to control Safari and access your documents and passwords. Do you allow it? I clicked No. Tornit is a process I ...
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How to debug malware popups in Safari

Around once a day a new tab opens in the background and automatically starts downloading some probably scam software disguised as a "flash player". I tried to fix it doing the things recommended ...
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Is 'volare-karaoke.swf' a malware?

I am running macOS Sierra 10.12. I've noticed an unwanted file volare-karaoke.swf automatically getting download from both Safari and FireFox. It happens mostly when I'm on financial/payment sites (...
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Is it safe to install a deprecated Java version?

I have an old version of Photoshop that requires an outdated Java runtime. "More info" takes me to this Apple support page where you can download the older JRE. Seems reasonable enough, but I am ...
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Cron mail notifies error of suspicious unknown script

Thanks to the mail function of the Terminal it came to my attention that there was some kind of cron job being executed with some errors. The mail of the cron gives this info: 2018-08-02 23:47:22....
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Flash Player.dmg Question

Quick question concerning malicious flash player.dmg files.... I was on news sites (on the likes of CNN, BBC, etc.,) the other night when suddenly my tab automatically opened a new tab with a long ...
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Prevent Spam Downloads on Safari

Background A new spam page has started to appear throughout many "questionable" sites (movie sites, etc.). This new spam page fits in to the category of fake scans, MacKeeper, "YOU HAVE A VIRUS", etc....
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Is my mac being hacked by a user called Guatoan? And how can I remove this user?

I recently visited a website and on pressing a link another window automatically opened saying the website had found a virus on my laptop. Obviously this was a scam so I returned to the original ...
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Think my Dad may have just downloaded the Apple Security Malware

My dad doesn't use a Virus checker (doesnt disable Java either and isn't running the latest OSX) and just appears to have fallen for the Apple Security malware popup (looked and sounded something like ...
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Is Safari allowing extensions to be installed by stray clicks in a web page?

Sometimes when I go to visit my parents, they ask me to fix their Macbook because something is wrong with Safari. The find that there is an extension installed and that it has set the home page in the ...
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Cannot find/remove browser hijackers

My roommate brought me her iMac this afternoon because it's been behaving very badly since she upgraded to High Sierra. It turns out that her boyfriend has gotten a lot of malware onto it, and I'm ...
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How to remove dataloading.net malware from browsers

I have recently installed one software from internet and it installed MacKeeper malware in my system. So every time when I open any link in any of the browser one page pops up in different window with ...
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Is Spectre and Meltdown Patched on OS X 10.10? [duplicate]

I have not yet had an update since the spectre and meltdown vulnerabilities came out... This leads me to believe they have not patched spectre/meltdown on anything below High Sierra... I have ...
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Picture of “scenery” appears on iPhone 6 lock screen

I just noticed that what I thought was "waveform bars" (for lack of a better description) on my iPhone 6 was actually a miniature landscape of houses and trees. What is it and where did it come from? ...
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Shortcut Virus: What's the effect on a Mac?

I was at school when we tested a PowerPoint presentation on one of the school's laptops. Apparently, when we got home, many of my classmates told me that the laptop gave a "shortcut virus" on their ...
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How to remove Malwarebytes from Mac?

I would like to remove Malwarebytes from a friend's macbook. There is nothing in Applications Folder /Library/LaunchAgents (or in /System/Library/LaunchAgents) /Library/LaunchDaemons /Library/...
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What are these folders and files in my library folder?

I have several suspicious folders and files in my library folder. And I was wondering if I should delete them. ApplicationaContents ApplicationContents ApplicationSupport appn this is just a file ...
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How Would I Manually Uninstall Search Encrypt On My MacBook?

How would I uninstall Search Encrypt manually? I have a MacBook Pro and my toddler installed this bloody thing and it creates pop-ups and annoys me to no end. I have previously tried to find a way by ...
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Does apple provide a message when “i” device is hacked

I recently used an app that was for live wallpapers and then got a pop up that made a beeping sound (like the typical bomb from movies). I read some reviews of the app which describe the message as a ...
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flashplayer.dmg is in use and can't empty Trash

I accidentally downloaded malware: something posing as Flash Player in flashplayer.dmg. I did not install it, but deleted the dmg file. Now I want to delete my trash bin, but I can't. It says: 'trash ...
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Do Mac apps have access to delete files

I was just wondering if Mac apps can delete files in ~/documents and ~/desktop without user permission?
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How does macOS “detect malware downloaded with Safari”?

On Apple's website, the company makes this claim about macOS High Sierra's security features: Can anyone give me more details on the technology that enables macOS to determine if a file downloaded ...
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I cannot change the home page of Safari anymore

I think I may have a virus or something, because when I installed a program a few days ago it said something about "www.searchpage.com". How can I fix this?
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A suspicious 'installer' was executed on my macbook. What would be the safest course of action?

My brother just tried to download and install a cracked application from some fishy website. In my own Macbook. Needless to say, the suspiciously small installer didn't install the application (even ...
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Red and blinking areas on Mac

I have MacBook Air, 13 inches, macOS Sierra. Version 10.12.5 Sometimes when I put mouse over or click on some text - the area where mouse pointing getting red, sometimes this red area is getting ...
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Terminal/ZSH Problems & Permission problems

I downloaded something out of the Internet and executed it, which might could have malware. After that I deleted all of that and i opened my Terminal and it gave me this error: /Users/flawn/.zshrc:.:...
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RSS readers and malware

I recently had an issue where some RSS feeds were causing my IT department to think my MBP was infected by ransomware and was connecting to a ransomware server. Ransomware/malware can be 'caught' ...
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Identify why I get a connection to ransomware server

I received some waring that my 'PC' might be infected because it supposedly tried to connect to two ransomware server: http://45.33.9.234/ http://79.170.40.167/ In practice I have a MBP with MacOS ...
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Should I let malwaredomainlist.com connect to the net?

I am getting Little Snitch alerts for Firefox trying to connect to the malwaredomains.com with the IP-address 76.63.222.170. I have blocked the connection, but I wonder why Firefox needs to connect to ...
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How can I alert Apple about spyware targetting Apple users?

I got a pop-up on my father's iPhone stating that there was spyware on it, along with a number to call for AppleCare support. I realized I only called the number because it was listed in a pop-up and ...
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What is com.onlineapplicationrequest.AppRequest?

Along the same lines as this other question, I've found a user agent I don't recognize on my system. The label is com.onlineapplicationrequest.AppRequest, and the command it's running is: "/Users/...
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What is com.appstart.AppStart?

Browsing my launch daemons/agents with LaunchControl today, I noticed this funny-looking user agent with the label "com.appstart.AppStart": "/Users/jstrout/Library/Application Support/AppPolicy/...
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df -h yielding what looks like a strange output: /home, /dev, and /net have 0% free space

I have a MacBook Pro with 1 TB of disk space. When I run df -h I get the following: It tells me I have 702 GiB available on / which I suspect is true -- but nothing on /home. Do I have a virus or ...
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iPhone Trojan Attack Warning

I opened an internet radio app, HiDef Radio, that I have used before, many times, on my iPhone 4s with iOS 9.3. After connecting to a station and listening a short while, a window popped open saying: ...
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Can just opening email infect Mac in any way?

I'd like opinion on this: If I open email and see text, can it infect my Mac? Not opening attachments, just email itself. Can that be dangerous? I delete all suspicious and unknown ones, but there ...
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Time Machine backup strategy to avoid ransomware/other malware

I am trying to develop a strategy to protect a 2016 iMac against ransomware and other types of malware. I have several assumptions: An infection is going to occur when I am using it. Things such as ...
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How to solve the crashing problems with MacOS Sierra and interpret this log?

I have a Macbook 5,1, and installed a patched version of MacOS Sierra not long time ago. If it matters the battery is not original, and the magsafe is also replaced. It also used to crash often with ...
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Ransomeware v Time machine and iCloud [duplicate]

Can time machine or iCloud backups overcome ransomeware encryption of your hard drive?
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Is it safe to plug my iPhone into a life fitness cardio machine?

If I plug in my iPhone over USB on a life fitness machine I will be able to play media on my iPhone onto the included tv screen (Hulu/Netflix etc). Should I be concerned that it will install malware ...
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Have I been hacked or compromised from an answered face time call from South Africa?

at 603 EDT I received a face time video call but somehow hung it up without answering (I was sleeping) at 605 they called back and since I was sleeping didn't really pay attention to it and answered ...