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Account picture changed... by itself?!

1674 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 21, 2013 11:44 AM by thomas_r. RSS
E. Van Meter Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Feb 22, 2011 7:55 PM
Just booted up and saw that my account picture has changed.

Went from an icon I'd selected (and have used for months) to a picture of me and my dog = )

He's a very cute dog, but still... I didn't change it, and I am certain nobody else had access to my laptop.

Anyone know how/why this happened? Anyone else have this experience?
MacBook Pro - Spring 2010, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Spog19 Calculating status...
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    Jul 27, 2011 3:18 AM (in response to E. Van Meter)

    Possible when you plugged in your iPhone, it synced the contacts and copied your contact picture in your phone?

  • neruneru Calculating status...
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    Jul 13, 2012 8:32 AM (in response to E. Van Meter)

    This happened to me very recently! I'm confused as I don't really have an iphone/other apple device to sync it with. The only syncing I did was to set up the mail with my e-mail accounts....could that have caused it?

  • Shiraonline Calculating status...
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    Feb 20, 2013 7:14 PM (in response to E. Van Meter)

    This happened to me as well. Is there a virus around. Also my wife's picture has changed as well on my icloud

    This I was told is related to a virus by some tech company.

    They had me download an antivirus after charging me money then they disconnected both the remote access and the phone. I am actually more worried now.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,940 points)
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    Feb 21, 2013 11:44 AM (in response to Shiraonline)

    Although I can't say what's going on, I can say this is not the behavior of any known malware. It doesn't make much sense as malware, anyway.


    More concerning is this tech company you refer to. Did you contact them initially, or did they contact you? There's a scam going around where a "tech company" will call you offering services, sometimes saying that they have detected that you are infected with malware (complete baloney), and in the process of "fixing" the problem, best case scenario they just charge you for a "service" that wasn't real and you didn't need. Worst case scenario, they use the remote access that you grant them to install malware on your machine and go nuts with the credit card you paid them with.


    This is especially concerning because does not go to any real site. Is it possible you mis-typed it, or is that the actual web site address you were given?


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