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A virus is a malicious computer program that can duplicate itself and spread to other computers.

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Do I need version.xml file in Applications folder?

While cleaning out my folders I found a XML script with ~160K lines of code. Maybe i'm ignorant and this is normal for a version file? I won't paste snapshots because Im unsure if there is sensitive ...
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Mac OS Sierra Feedback app came out of nowhere

So I was just using my mac normally until I looked at the dock and saw a feedback app (which I didn't open). I thought it was from google due to the material icon design but I cannot find a source ...
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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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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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A lot of mysterious executable files inside /Users/Shared

Recently I've noticed that a lot of mysterious .tar.gz and executable files have spawned inside my Shared folder, and by a lot I mean 466 total. /Users/Shared $ ls | wc -l 466 I'm the only user ...
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I think I opened an unsafe unix exe file! Can anyone tell me what this file might've done?

I was downloading a crack file for premier 2019 pro cc as something went wrong with my subscription and now I don't have premier, so when I opened the dmg. It showed an installer and I went through ...
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Self-Renewing 'Automation' virus redirects Safari and Chrome through ads to bing. Renews through a memory alert

Running macOS 10.14.2. Safari 12.0.1. Symptoms: Safari redirects searches through proxy to bing Chrome redirects searches through proxy to bing In Privacy Settings, under Automation "Finder" with no ...
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How can I restrict restrict an apps permissions to a specific file?

I intentionally have downloaded the virus lose/lose. My antivirus keeps quarantining it, so I'd like to change the apps permissions so that it can't access lose/lose.zip. How can I change the apps ...
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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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How did simply visiting a site made my iPad unresponsive?

I went to this weird site for fun named (DO NOT VISIT THIS SITE UNLESS YOU HAVE A VIRTUAL MACHINE) virus4u dot com This site is extremely malicious. On a school computer, the audio screamed "Alert ...
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Running the memz virus on a parallels vm: safe?

I have a copy of the memz virus, and have parallels windows vm. What I'm wondering, is if I run memz.exe/bin (not memz-clean.exe/bin), will I screw up the mac that I'm running the vm on? Thanks
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Virus infected boot camp

If the boot camp partition of my mac gets a virus, will the macOS part be safe? If the macOS part gets a virus, will the Windows part be affected?
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Virus detected. how do I remove it?

How to fix this? I am on High Sierra. I can't purchase, Help!
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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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My Font book opens every time I log in. Is it a virus?

Every time I turn on my MacBook, the font book opens too in my dock. Is this a virus? How to stop this?
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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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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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MacBooks randomly restarting at same time: virus or forced software update?

At about 8:50 PDT this morning, 2 out of 3 MacBooks in our household restarted at the same time (about 1 minute apart). What happened is I left the room for about 5 minutes, and when I came back I saw ...
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Safari opens new tab with rapidly changing URL

Potential virus Hi I recently went to a streaming website and after watching a movie I went on and did other things like surf the web But two hours later in a next safari tab I noticed that It had ...
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‘bin needs to download the font “Nanum Myeongjo”’

My Mac gave me a pop up that asked "bin needs to download the font “Nanum Myeongjo” I clicked it away and ran Malwarebytes which found and quarantined "Adware.Spigot". Am I fine? Should I still be ...
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Possibility of viruses from opening dmg file?

While installing a file, the pop up with the fake flash player downloaded a dmg to my computer. Because I was already downloading something else and expecting to find it in my downloads I accidentally ...
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Mac is using 100% CPU while it is OFF

I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) MacOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Sometimes my mac using a lot of CPU power. The usage is 75% of the system. But this occurred when I was away and the mac ...
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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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Connected to WiFi but no internet

A couple days ago, I was streaming a show on the internet when suddenly the internet stopped working. I closed my tabs and restarted my WiFi but to no avail. I checked to see if the internet was ...
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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 vulnerable is 10.6 Snow Leopard to hacking?

My 2007 Mac Mini is used as a TV media device, for watching free-to-air TV channels and Youtube. It cannot be upgraded past 10.6.8. I read somewhere that older OS X can be vulnerable to unnoticed ...
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Fake Chromium showing on launchpad and won't uninstall

My colleague has noticed there is a Chromium icon on their launchpad screen but it's not possible to remove it. We've tried dragging it to the Trash but nothing happens. There is no app listing in /...
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MacBook locked or with virus? (Apple.pass@post.com)

Yesterday I was out of home and I receive a message on iPhone forcing me to change my iCloud account details. I changes everything to new passwords, keep the 2 factor enabled and sign out in every ...
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Mac Infection via Website Visiting?

Is it possible for a mac to get infected by just visiting a URL? I was searching for someone's profile when suddenly the URL browser showed a couple of re-directions and then my macbook started ...
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What is proper way to get rid of quarantined files after ClamXav scan?

I used ClamXav to scan my iMac for viruses. Now that I have them quarantined (19 files) do I just put them in the trash? Or is there a different method to making sure these are gone and won't be a ...
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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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I just got an “Infection Blocked” alert from Avast when I went to the Macworld site - 8:40 pm eastern timeAug 2nd

From a macworld URL ending in . . . ads/prebid.min.js. Is this something to be worried about? Should this be reported to someone?
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Is this a scam? A web page claims my iPhone is infected

Is this a scam? I do not use adult sites. I think this is a scam because I'm using an iPod touch when it clearly states iPhone. Please answer truthfully for future experiences
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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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Podcasts no longer play sound

My podcasts played fine two days ago, and sound works on other apps. My podcast episodes are fully downloaded. One I listened to two days ago and was halfway through when I paused it, but now it ...
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Searches in Safari and possible virus

Warning, a virus? I have made a search in Safari address bar. I put marqueting (marketing in catalan language) I have been redirected to a page that says: (Now I am in Spain and this is my ...
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Found old viruses on a computer running macOS Sierra: what to do now?

My father was lamenting how random ads will pop-up even with adblock and while browsing trusted websites and how Firefox was always on at startup on his OSX computer (with all software updates ...
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Mac suddenly restarted due to 'problem' and then guest account appeared on login screen

The guest account appeared after a crash restart (with an unusual message and screen that I haven't seen in earlier system crashes). The guest account is now there despite it being turned off in the ...
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Is it possible to get a virus on an iPad Air?

I went on a website and some ads (the ones that open up another tab on your screen) popped up. Then I did some research and it turns out the website I went to is fake and is known for hacking, ...
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Macbook Pro (2010, OSX Sierra) has started prompting me to enter password for DHCP again and again and again

All of a sudden my mac has started prompting me to enter my password with the dialog: "Network Configuration needs to update DHCP setting. Type your password to allow this." I've just recently ...
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Strange sound playing at random intervals

I was able to record this random sound. It started playing few weeks before. I have tried many things to find out which application is playing it, but nothing has worked. I have already tried ...
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Restore a potentially compromised iMac - best course of actions

Long story short, a friend of mine received a "unrecognized IP successful login" alert on a Microsoft mail account he owns. The conditions of the "hack" (timing, password used etc) are such that the ...
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Pop-up “Firmware changes detected” randomly appear

This message just popped up on my Mac What could have caused this? I see the file eficheck.bin, how can I tell if my EFI firmware is OK? After sending this to Apple, what happens next?
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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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Potential virus as Excel macro, opened on iOS

I have just received and email which contained an Excel file with a potential virus in form of macro. I opened the attachment on my iPhone (because it looked like an invoice I was actually expecting) ...
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What do “Mac Ads Cleaner” and “Mac App Cleaner” do while installed?

Recently I responded to a suggestion that I "upgrade Flash" on my macOS system only do end up with several applications running, and intruding into my browser and desktop that I did not (mean to) ...
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MacBook takes screenshots without user input

Yesterday my desktop MacBook with Yosemite took a screenshot although I did not use that facility. It made the sound and created a file that I threw away fearing it was a virus. The doc created was ...