9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 24, 2012 11:45 AM by MadMacs0
Rasbe Lea Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Every time I reply to an email a new window pops up with the following text line:

 

"On July, 20, 2005, at 6:16 PM, such and such  wrote":

 

Problem is, today is April 20th 2012!

 

Is it true Desktop Mac Pro models have tiny  lithium batteries that need to be replaced

from time to time and that could be the culprit?

 

Anyone familiar with these issues?  Thank you -


Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8), MAC PRO 1,1 2007
  • 1. Re: Reply email messages show July 2005 date error
    PaintballMJM Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    A possiblity could be a dying PRAM battery, which stores data such as the time and date. Normally the time/date would "drift" as the battery dies. They're fairly inexpensive, $8-10 at most stores and you're looking for a type 2032 battery. It should be located on the logic board between PCI slots 1 and 2. The old battery is removed by sliding it out of its carrier away from the clip, and the new battery is installed in an opposite fashion. Once the computer boots, it may display a message saying the time has been reset and some applications may have errors. This should disappear relatively shortly, once you connect to the Internet.
    Let me know how it goes!

     

    Michael

  • 2. Re: Reply email messages show July 2005 date error
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,250 points)

    There have also been reports of a Very Obscure problem caused by improper date FORMAT.

     

    Check Date & Time prefs for correct date first, but if that does not fix it at least momentarily, look next in

     

    System Preferences > Language and Text > Formats...

     

     

    and select standard US, Canada, or UK Date & Time formats rather than "custom".

  • 3. Re: Reply email messages show July 2005 date error
    Rasbe Lea Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    A million thanks to PaintballMJM as well as Grant Bennet-Alder, you guys are true Mac Champs!!

     

    Ultimately it turned out to be THE OBSCURE PROBLEM CAUSED BY IMPROPER DATE FORMAT!

    For the record, in order to access FORMATS you have to :

     

    Finder > System Preferences > International > Formats

     

    The issue is SOLVED !!!!!   : )

     

    You have no idea how happy this makes me. I used to have to erase the textline w the incorrect date / time stamp and correct it or leave it out!

     

    Thanks again ! All best wishes -

  • 4. Re: Reply email messages show July 2005 date error
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,250 points)

    The instructions I posted refer to 10.6.8. I did not notice that you are still running 10.5, and wanted to warn you that you need to make some changes. Apple computers have recently been under attack from malware such as FlashBack, which exploits the Java Virtual machine to control your computer.

     

    The fixes Apple recently sent out did not include any for 10.5. If you continue to run 10.5 connected to the internet, you are "working without a net". At a minimum, go to Safari or the browsers you use and:

     

    Safari > Preferences > Security > and un-check [√] Enable Java

     

    This closes this know backdoor.

     

    The preferred fix is to upgrade to at least 10.6, to be included in future Security Updates.

  • 5. Re: Reply email messages show July 2005 date error
    Rasbe Lea Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Once again thank you GB-A

    I did un check the Enable Java box and left it blank.

    Is there a way of knowing if I have been hit by malware since I have been

    exposed ?

    Thank you.

     

    RL

  • 7. Re: Reply email messages show July 2005 date error
    MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,720 points)

    Grant Bennet-Alder wrote:

     

    http: //www.macworld.com/article...

    That checker is for last months variant of flashback. The author of the tool was asked by F-Secure to update it for the current variant and made it available as the FlashbackRemoval tool.

  • 8. Re: Reply email messages show July 2005 date error
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,250 points)

    MadMacs0-

     

    Thank you for that newer link. I was trying to be sure I referenced a trusted site. One Virus Checker site put up a tool, then discovered they were too aggressive and had to retract their tool.

     

    The link you provided for F-Secure IS a trusted site, and all users can have confidence they will get "the good stuff" and not get scammed going there.

  • 9. Re: Reply email messages show July 2005 date error
    MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,720 points)

    Grant Bennet-Alder wrote:

     

    MadMacs0-

     

    Thank you for that newer link. I was trying to be sure I referenced a trusted site. One Virus Checker site put up a tool, then discovered they were too aggressive and had to retract their tool.

    There were a couple of issues with these tools earlier this month. Due mostly to media coverage, the variant which reportedly affected 600,000 Mac users was mis-identified as the "I" variant and a link to F-Secure's description was often used by these well meaning developers to provide "tools". That was originally true of one that was posted to MacUpdate and it took about three e-mail exchanges with the developer until he understood that he needed to reference the "K" variant, which contains a couple of extra files.

     

    The worst situation was when Kaspersky, a big name in the PC A-V market, came out with a free tool on their site that would prevent a user from logging back into his computer by neglecting to remove a key component of the malware. It took about 24 hours to convince them to pull their tool and fix it. Even trusted sites can make mistakes.

     

    BTW, Intego said in their blog yesterday that they found a new "S" variant (their alphabet, probably not what others will call it). Will any of these tools work with it? TBD.