6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 10, 2013 9:39 AM by stevejobsfan0123
James Wm Hussey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I use MacKeeper as a general product and it detected an Adware 7 virus on my computer. I am vary careful using my CPU and I have no idea where it got in. Does it meanthat my computer is shot?  Also something else is strange ... from COLD BOOT and REBOOT, the background screens are different and the settings from the cold boot to warm reboot change. Any idea what is going on.


iCloud, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • 1. Re: adware 7 virus
    stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (32,315 points)

    MacKeeper is the worst garbage you can install on a Mac. Delete it. That is complete hogwash, there are no viruses for Mac. http://applehelpwriter.com/2011/09/21/how-to-uninstall-mackeeper-malware/

  • 2. Re: adware 7 virus
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,925 points)

    What was the EXACT name that this malware was identified by, and what is the exact name and path of the file that it identifies as this malware?

     

    That certainly doesn't sound like any known Mac malware, but may be a "PUA" (Potentially Unwanted Application).

  • 3. Re: adware 7 virus
    stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (32,315 points)

    If MacKeeper specifically states it's a virus, that's definitely incorrect, or misleading at best. The only "PUA" the OP certainly has on their machine is MacKeeper. I would not trust it's results.

  • 4. Re: adware 7 virus
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,315 points)

    I have never heard of Adware 7. Adware for Safari, if you installed it, will be found in Safari menu > Preferences > Extensions. Uninstall it.

     

    James Wm Hussey wrote:

     

    I use MacKeeper as a general product

     

    ... I am vary careful using my CPU

     

    Cognitive dissonance.

     

    If you used MacKeeper to perform nonspecific "cleaning" or to "remove excess binaries" it may have removed essential OS components resulting in a damaged and unmaintainable operating system. This might explain whatever odd changes you may have observed.

     

    It's your Mac. Do with it as you please, but given this uncertainly I would completely erase it, reinstall your operating system and reconfigure your work environment. Never install MacKeeper or anything like it ever again.

  • 5. Re: adware 7 virus
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,925 points)

    I don't like MacKeeper any more than you do. However, I've been told that it uses the Avira engine, and my recent testing seems to bear that out. (There's a direct correlation between MacKeeper and Avira in terms of specific malware samples that were detected or missed.)

     

    Knowing the full name of the supposed malware, and what file was identified, will provide the ultimate answer to the question. Once that information has been examined and the situation resolved, MacKeeper ought to be removed. No sense ignoring a warning that may identify some adware that might have been installed somehow, just because the warning from Avira came through MacKeeper.

  • 6. Re: adware 7 virus
    stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (32,315 points)

    Right, there is definitely a possibility of a threat. I just think that he should use a different program (maybe even Avira itself, would you advise?) to search for it, because if it's purporting that it's a "virus" that would be inaccurate, making me suspicious.