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what if I suspect that my Mac mini is infected?

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Sep 13, 2012 6:16 AM

I did some work uploading files to my club's website last night. Today all **** breaks loose with a re-direct to one of my lunus box websites and that website has been labeled dangerous by Google.

 

SO, this computer must have malware on it. What do it do now?

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 2.7hz i7; 16gb Ram; VB;win-7-64
  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,675 points)
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    Sep 13, 2012 7:41 AM (in response to vdotmatrix)

    vdotmatrix wrote:

     

    I did some work uploading files to my club's website last night. Today all **** breaks loose with a re-direct to one of my lunus box websites and that website has been labeled dangerous by Google.

     

    SO, this computer must have malware on it. What do it do now?

    Verify if and what has invaded your Mac. Download ClamXav and/or Avast!. Get latest a/v update. Run either or both to determine if you are infected. Avast! is interesting as it has a menu selection to self-uninstall when you are done.

    Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion, • 8GB • Vertex 4 128GB SSD • 500GB
  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)
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    Sep 13, 2012 9:47 AM (in response to vdotmatrix)

    vdotmatrix wrote:

     

    I did some work uploading files to my club's website last night. Today all **** breaks loose with a re-direct to one of my lunus box websites and that website has been labeled dangerous by Google.

     

    SO, this computer must have malware on it. What do it do now?

    Although it's possible, most such attacks involving hacking the box with the website on it.  I would have it scanned and change the password.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)
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    Sep 13, 2012 12:25 PM (in response to vdotmatrix)

    A couple of other notes I thought of.

     

    Your profile says you are still running OS X 10.7.3, so I'm hoping it's wrong and that it's fully up-to-date in order to protect you against the latest security threats.

     

    Also, if you happen to be running Lion Server OS on your Mini, it will conflict with ClamXav as both use the same ClamAV scan engine. I'm not an expert at making them work together, but if you come to the ClamXav Forum, I'll see if I can walk you through it.

     

    I don't currently recommend Avast! as it's one of a half-dozen or so formerly WIndows only A-V vendors that rushed to the Mac scene last Spring. I think they need time to prove they fully understand OS X and receive some media reviews before I would use it.  There are several other choices that have been with OS X for years. Sophos is often recommended here as an alternative.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,510 points)
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    Sep 13, 2012 12:46 PM (in response to vdotmatrix)

    There is no malware on your Mac. Don't bother looking for it. Your website has been hacked.

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