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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HP Easy Scan - “HP Scanner 3” will damage your computer

I have been using a HP Envy 4500 printer with my iMac for 2 years using HP Easy Scan - with no issues. Today I tried to scan a document, when I press the "scan" button on the app a pop-up ...
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Stopping false positive malware warnings in Catalina?

Today, I received a pop-up warning saying "hpRaster.bundle will damage your computer. You should move it to the Trash". "hpRaster.bundle" is installed by Mac OS X as part of its ...
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What are the risks having visited a counterfeit or phishing web page on iOS?

I received from a regular colleague a sharing e-mail in iOS Outlook, and clicked the link. It opened a web page asking for my credentials, which I did not enter because I recognized the page as ...
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After Zoom install: macOS forwards various requests to localhost

right on the day since I installed (and uninstalled) Zoom, various URLs began to be forwarded to localhost. Like: $ traceroute -I googleadservices.com traceroute to googleadservices.com (127.0.0.1), ...
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Unknown networks, is Malware?

I got a Mac with Catalina 10.15.6 When I access Network (Rede in image) in Finder, it show me a strange network, if I disconnect WiFi and connect again its show me a another network name... Until then ...
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Localhost scan of new iPhone 11 Pro reveals odd ports

So I just got a new iPhone Pro 11, and I did a quick network scan using the "Scany" app and a few odd things came up. The following ports are open: Socks port 1080 ansoft-lm-1 port 1083 ...
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macOS security prompt offical or possible malware? [macOS Catalina]

Why I'm Asking: I've used all Apple operating systems since OS X Snow Leopard to macOS Mojave and I've never seen this security input prompt, or that symbol anywhere on mac's official system security ...
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Potential bluetooth connection malware

I tried to disconnect and remove this device called '57-14-cf-5d-3c-62', and it doesn't work. I'm not really sure why, but I'm wondering if this is potential malware. If so, what is the best way to ...
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File don't show with “ls -a” but was detected by Malwarebytes

On the terminal, I search for the file com.pplauncher.plist on the directory /Library/LaunchDaemons/ through the command ls -a, but such a file wasn't found. Later, I installed Malwarebytes and ran ...
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Tool to sort Activity Monitor: legit or suspicious

I was wondering whether there was a tool similar to Hijackthis on Windows for Mac. I know Mac doesn't have a registry, but malware could similarly run as a background process, service or helper tool. ...
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Can an iPhone get infected will malware by sharing a wifi connection with an infected computer?

Can an iPhone Xs, not jailbroken, get infected with malware by connecting to the same Wifi network as an infected Macbook on the same apple ID account?
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How do i fix my MacBook Pro 13 from malware attack?

On opening Safari it takes me to Yahoo and I have tried to clear extensions yet it doesn't work. Now, I can't see any extensions under it's tab as well.
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Could installing the latest iOS update remove malware from iPhone?

My iPhone XS running iOS 13.4.1 is infected with malware, although the Block Pop-ups setting is enabled in Safari settings. I am still getting pop-up Ads saying I made the 5-billionth search. Would ...
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macOS root password & malware?

I entered my macOS admin details (root password) into an application I think was malicious. Suspicious, I checked the keychain and my tokens had modified passwords. What else could have this software ...
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kernel_task uses up over 50% cpu usage until I open Activity Monitor

My mac is slower than it used to be a week ago. I may have downloaded some sort of malware, but I did a Malwarebytes scan and it found absolutely nothing on my computer. I also personally scanned ...
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How can you stop sites from sending unwanted or 'enforced' downloads in Safari?

I'm not the only one who has been plagued lately with seemingly well-meaning sites suddenly warning me that some piece of software on my Mac is out-of-date and that I need to update 'whatever' (often ...
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Macbook Pro Boots Into Recovery To Install Critical Update

Every now and then, so not frequently, my Macbook Pro (2017, 15", MacBookPro14,3) boots into, what seems like recovery mode, after I did a proper shutdown. When I start it up again, it takes a long ...
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why does Macos PowerChime use the network

PowerChime Sent Bytes:236 KB Rcvd Bytes: 8 KB Sent Packets: 7,210 Recvd Packets: 209 This alarms me! Running Catalina 10.15.3 on a Macbook Pro 16"
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SearchBarn / GlobalSearch Malware removal?

A friend's OSX High Sierra MacBook is infected with some sort of malware that is hijacking the search engine. Instead of going to https://google.com (the selected search engine in Safari) when ...
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Deleting a suspicious malware (imklaunchagent) in Mac

I have a MacBook Pro (macOS Mojave) laptop and have recently noticed a suspicious process in Activity Monitor with this name : imklaunchagent I checked this folder: /System/Library/Frameworks/...
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Is this an iPhone virus? [duplicate]

I got an ad from the dressupwho.com website on my iPhone XS, and clicked on it. It is clearly inappropriate. Is this some type of malware that could damage data on my iPhone? My iPhone is not jail ...
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“SecurID” will damage your computer?

Today I've just started getting a warning dialog when I try to run the RSA SecurID app: This is a Java app I believe. I use it to authenticate when I connect to my company's private network. I've ...
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Thunderstrike 2 Mac Malware and other serious Apple exploits: how to effectively check?

As lowendmac in February 2018 reported, the Thunderstrike Mac Malware had been patched in 10.10.2, but it effectively has to be checked as some users and Macbook (Pro) models "never had the protective ...
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How to secure my Mac again after years of downloading pirated software?

I'm trying to be more privacy aware now by using free software instead of pirating paid ones (GIMP and DaVinci Resolve instead of pirated copies of Adobe Photoshop and Premiere etc.). For years I've ...
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Possibly opened a malicious .dmg file on my Mac, not sure wether it installed itself?

I was opening a document on my computer and double tapped the file below it; A (more than probable, malicious) Skype.dmg file, likely downloaded from a popup. Normally, when I see them I send them ...
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Does MacOS need antivirus protection?

Are Mac systems immune to viruses and malwares ? Do I need to install software to protect MacOS just like we do for Windows ?
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macOS automatically opening unknown app that cannot be found

Since a few days ago I have been randomly getting this popup on my Mac. I cannot seem to locate the file via Terminal, Finder or Spotlight. I'd rather not open it and see in case it could damage my ...
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My Mac is opening new tabs with different ad sites

It all started with the installation of software from mac-torrent but probably it was Adobe Flash Player. It said that I had an old one and the system needs to update, so I gave the right to install ...
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Is “Pegasus” in iPad crash report data something to be concerned about?

Recently getting interested in how Apple products and apps use, store, and disseminate my info. Came across Argo.ips (which appears to be related to netflix app) in Data and Diagnostics and decided ...
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Has my iphone 5 been hacked?

I've recently noticed that my devices battery life and data limit has been draining at a higher rate than normal. Furthermore, upon a little further investigation, it seems a number of photos have ...
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How much data can an app steal from my MacBook if I allow its system-wide execution?

I'm interested in knowing how to monitor and possibly sandbox an app and its relative background processes in MacOS. Is there some internal utility hidden somewhere in the system tools (even CLI), or ...
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Strange applications in screen time menu [duplicate]

When I go to Settings - Screen Time - Always Allowed there are some strange apps listed. I would like to know where they come from or what they could be. My iPhone 8 is currently running iOS 12.3.1.
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Removing randomwhere, malware(leadingsignsearch) from [Security & Privacy] - [Full Disk Access]

I know I should have cautioned when I first download unwarranted stuffs, but things happen. Removing them from /Library/LaunchDaemons or settings of each browsers, anything manually are done. ...
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I've got an error “This site is blocked due to content filtering.”

The first question is: How it works? And the main question is how to remove spying and traffic sniffing things from the Mac. I've uninstalled Microsoft Corporate Portal, restarted, but it didn't ...
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Unknown profiles icon in System Preferences

I just noticed in System Preferences a new icon "Profiles". When I click on it, it shows 'AdminPrefs' then in red letters "unsigned" details have a lot {, (, symbols .and 'default Search Provider ...
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Is the expertsearchmodule process legitimate or malware? Mac Mojave 10.14.5

I recently found when using the physics stack exchange site that an unwanted program had installed itself on my Mac. This happened a few times before I managed to isolate the source. In some instances ...
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Could my iPhone be installing malware on factory reset?

Hi I have an iPhone 7s and have been doing the factory reset, erase all content, data, and settings option. Every time I do this I get three loading bars, not the normal two like my other phone. The ...
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Are 'coreservicesd' & 'syslogd' disguises for keylogger apps?

this article says so, they may be shilling for osx uninstaller app thoughh Look for ‘coreservicesd’ to find Aobo Check for ‘Elite Keylogger’ when searching Elite Keylogger. However, the version I ...
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What is this unknown executable on my boot volume? Is it Malicious?

I noticed I had this file in the Macintosh HD folder. And then when I click on it, it shows this: Apparently this file was created in 2017, but I don't remember creating it. Any idea what it could ...
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Receiving spam email from my own iCloud account and my own IP address

I found a thread with a similar problem but it didn't seem to have a solution for this situation, so here goes: I have, on 3 occasions now, received spam email (iPhone XS fake promos) to my personal ...
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How to make a dump of my iPhone so as to make forensics

I would like to be able to run a forensic analysis on my iPhone from a disk dump copy made on my Mac or any kind of Unix as I would from any external disk with a dd command. For those who are curious:...
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cannot trash malware NGPlayerSetup.dmg

How do I delete this pesky dmg? I never asked for it and never uploaded or downloaded it. When I try to "Empty Trash" it is much to clever and says "it is in use."
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Can a mac be infected by a microsoft trojan?

My friend owns a Mac with Microsoft Office installed and executed (with macros enabled) a trojan horse, AFAIK a W97M/Downloader variant. By fetching some information from the wild, that trojan usually ...
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Unable to delete Kernel malware in extension which hampers my all connections including wifi. Wi-Fi shows no hardware installed

I had downloaded an Ethernet adapter driver from Mac which disabled my wifi. My wifi icon shows no hardware installed. Malware is located in /System/Library/Extensions. It is a kernel extension named "...
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Does the Mac version of BitDefender detect Windows malware?

I need to know if BitDefender scans incoming emails and external drives? I emailed BitDefender's support after installing the trial but never received a reply. I currently use Kaspersky Internet ...
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Qemu Files not deleting “No Such File Or Directory Found”

I have some malware that installed crypto mining on my mac - I'm trying to delete all the files in terminal but keep coming up with "No Such File Or Directory Found" as an error. I'm tearing my hair ...
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CPU completely occupied by strange programs with person names

Anyone knows why this happens and how to resolve it? they show up out of nowhere and stay until I kill each manually. some of these names change to something new too. I thought this might be because I ...
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How to block a developer certificate

I accidentally installed Mac Cleanup Pro when I was going to upgrade Flash for a web site. I've used 'Little Snitch' to block the sites it connects to. The malware is all signed by a Developer ID '...
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possible malware called FISE in Accessibility (Privacy & Security)

I checked my Mac's security and privacy and noticed this entry FISE. When I click Show in Finder nothing happens. I've googled around and found no mention of it at all outside of spammy sites. Before ...
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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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