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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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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Could a “Software Update” on a PC potentially be a virus? [closed]

On my ImagineBook PC, a message popped up saying that the computer needs to be updated. I clicked “another time.” Then, when I tried to shut down the computer, the only options were “update and shut ...
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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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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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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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