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lesley2092 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 24, 2011 1:19 AM
I have had my macbook for only two weeks! and "mackeeper" came out as a system update...at first I thought it was real but it says I have so much junk in my computer and Ive only had it for two weeks! Idk if i should just delete it? Help! This is the reason why I switch from a PC to Mac, because I had heard that is really hard for Macs to get a virus. In addition to this my Skype called me saying I had a virus so I worried even more!
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  • BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)
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    Mar 24, 2011 4:50 AM (in response to lesley2092)
    Welcome to the Apple discussions.

    You're correct that there are no known virus's for macs today. There are one or two trojan horses that have been around the past few years, that require the user to download and execute a program, essentially shooting yourself in the foot. If you're concerned about a future virus, you can install ClamXAV from http://www.clamxav.com. Set it up to scan your incoming mail and downloads.

    Some programs want you to download them to your system via fear ... ie, telling you your system is sick, at risk, whatever. I don't know why on a brand new system you would even want mackeeper. Just drag the application to your trash and empty the trash. If you feel you need a general disk maintenance program, get OnyX, which has been around for years and helped many people keep things tidy. You can download it from http://www.titanium.free.fr/download.php . You won't get spam or noxious messages from OnyX.

    There have been some Skype virus/trojan horses that have affected Windows systems. Those cannot affect a mac. Although this points to another reason to run an antivirus program, if you have happen to have a program with a Windows virus and you send that program to a Windows friend, it could affect their computer. An antivirus program would identify the virus and keep it from spreading. Again, a Windows virus on your mac won't hurt your mac.

    Enjoy your new macbook!
    PB G4 1.67ghz 2gb 10.5; mac mini 2.4Ghz 4GB, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • blade567890 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 26, 2011 12:06 PM (in response to lesley2092)

    I'm unsure if MacKeeper is safe or not for download, I simply want to point out that the above user is woefully undereducated about malware for apple computers. There are a small number of malicious programs that have been designed for the OSX operating system. It is blatantly untrue that there are "no known virus's for macs today" as trojans ARE in fact viruses, but more importantly there are programs such as Mac Defender, which is a very well known virus. My suggestion is that if you are worried about a virus on your computer, you can purchase anti-virus software from McAfee, and possible norton. In the last few months I have seen several apple computers come into the shop where I work with viruses on them, which we needed to completely reinstall OSX in order to remove.

  • laverne\'s mom Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
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    May 26, 2011 12:15 PM (in response to lesley2092)

    There has been a lot of information over the past few weeks about Trojans vs Virus etc.  Good information here:

     

    http://www.reedcorner.net/guides/macvirus/

     

    also Apple has issued:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4650  with instructions for removing the Trojan. 

     

    Also, NEVER install something that you didn't search for or choose yourself.  Unsolicited software is always dangerous.

     

    laverne's mom

  • chrisfromhopewell Level 4 Level 4 (1,085 points)
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    May 26, 2011 12:15 PM (in response to lesley2092)

    If it is the MacDefender malware this will help a lot.

    http://www.reedcorner.net/news.php/?p=138

    This guy knows a lot.

    http://www.reedcorner.net/guides/macvirus/

     

    Check out this Malware Catalog that the guy made http://www.reedcorner.net/guides/macvirus/malware_catalog.php

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,170 points)
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    May 26, 2011 12:16 PM (in response to blade567890)

    A virus is a self-replicating, self-propagating, malicious piece of software designed to destroy files and folders on a computer system.

     

    Name the viruses that affect or infect OS X.

     

    MacDefender is not a virus. It is phishing scam.

  • JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)
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    May 26, 2011 12:28 PM (in response to lesley2092)

    While there is technically a difference between a virus and malware... it's purely semantics to the average consumer.  The average consumer considers anything "bad" that gets on their machine to be a virus... be it an actual virus or malware.  From a micro biology perspective, a virus and a bacteria are totally different things... but most people use the terms interchangably.  While there is some benefit for the sake of educating people in explaining the difference, the end result is that someone has something on their system which shouldn't be there and they're looking for help in getting rid of it. 

  • nemopaice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 15, 2011 3:17 PM (in response to lesley2092)

    Knowinf that this thread is a couple months old, I wanted to jump in anyway, because I am not sure where poeple are getting there information. There is a distinct difference between a Virus, a Trojan, and Malware.  One reason so many PC users become victoms is that they get protection from one and not the other and blindly think they are safe. But getting into the very obvious difference is something else, I wanted to elaborate on soething else, First Mackeeper is not a virus, but it is rather spammy and they have a reputation of poor support. There are much better programs/ways to solve concerns you may have....

     

    Now that that's out of the way...

    As a mac user of more than 20 years I can tell you that there are absolutely viruses. Most of which have long been patched and no longer harmless. There are trojans too. as well as malware. What made Mac so "safe" over the years is that not many people had them, simply because of cost. PC's are cheaper. Without a large user base, therehas been no point in crafting any of these pests to run on mac, but times are changing and as the Mac gets more popular people are starting to develope viruses, trojans, andmalware for OSX, so being protected is always the safe route.

     

    Sept. 11, 2001 America was attacked. What made it so easy, was that we were too cocky. Thinking that we were not vulnerable. That was stupid. I suggest you don't be stupid, there are plently of ways to protect yourself and you should take precautions just to be safe. One thing that I love hearing from some PC users is this... "I don't have any protection and don't need it, because I don't go on site that I don't trust nor do I open mail from people I don't know."  And while this is good practice, some people don't realize that some viruses are out in the wild, meaning ll you need to get them is to be online....

     

     

    Clamav, AVG, and a few others are good programs. If you want to look for a ways to scan or protect your system, look for something with a good user base and a forum. Forums can go along way with helping people. And you get a chance to talk to real users.

  • 81TIGER04 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 24, 2011 6:41 AM (in response to lesley2092)

    I wsa on speedtest.net and accidentally clicked on the icon that downloaded MacKeeper.  Can I just take the icon, put it in my trash, and empty it?  Will this safely yrid me of it?

  • 81TIGER04 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 24, 2011 7:21 AM (in response to 81TIGER04)

    81TIGER04 wrote:

     

    I wsa on speedtest.net and accidentally clicked on the icon that downloaded MacKeeper.  Can I just take the icon, put it in my trash, and empty it?  Will this safely yrid me of it?

     

    PS ... I have not purchased the program or anything.  The "answered" link above applies to a user that downloaded and purchased MacKeeper.  All I've done is accidentally downloaded the MacKeeper.pkg file (as far as I know).

  • Whitecity Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
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    Nov 24, 2011 11:18 AM (in response to JoeyR)

    It's not semantics, it's a very important difference. It's like saying food poisoning and self-inflicted alcohol poisoning are the same because they have some similar symptoms. The causes and ways to protect yourself are completely different.

  • actionmarker Level 3 Level 3 (885 points)
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    Nov 24, 2011 12:36 PM (in response to 81TIGER04)

    Hi 81TIGER04,

     

    Yes, just drag it to Trash and then empty the trash bin.

    If you haven't run the .dmg file, you will be fine.

     

    Update:

    If your not sure, read this page

    http://www.reedcorner.net/news.php/?p=138

     

    Hope this helps

     

    Message was edited by: actionmarker

  • 81TIGER04 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 24, 2011 3:07 PM (in response to actionmarker)

    actionmarker wrote:

     

    Hi 81TIGER04,

     

    Yes, just drag it to Trash and then empty the trash bin.

    If you haven't run the .dmg file, you will be fine.

     

    Update:

    If your not sure, read this page

    http://www.reedcorner.net/news.php/?p=138

     

    Hope this helps

     

    Message was edited by: actionmarker

     

    It was a .pkg file ... Either way, I did as you said - dragged it to the trash and emptied.  Everything seems to be fine.  I assume I would easily know if I was infected?

  • actionmarker Level 3 Level 3 (885 points)
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    Nov 24, 2011 10:38 PM (in response to 81TIGER04)

    No problems,

     

    You haven't even 'unpacked' the file which is even better.

     

    Nothing has been installed onto your computer.

  • Schonfromky Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 27, 2012 5:41 AM (in response to lesley2092)

    If the program were installed you will know because dragging to the trash and trying to empty you will get a message cannot remove because it is in use. There are several good antivirus programs you can use them on a trial run for free for a month before you choose. Make sure not to erase the uninstall folder or it will be difficult to remove them correctly. Google antivirus for mac and there are several reviews and you can see the comparison of real legit software. Just dont download and allow it to run until you know its ok and not a scam. Enjoy your mac! I have found it is a much better and more secure experiance.

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