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Natgeo72 Calculating status...
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Mar 1, 2013 8:42 AM

My Mac OS X may have recently been infected with a virus. Can somebody recommend software that can both find and destroy an existing virus, as well as protect against future viruses? Something for a reasonable price would be nice.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Virus prevention and destruction
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,855 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 8:49 AM (in response to Natgeo72)

    Use ClamXav or Sophos; any Mac OS X antivirus product which actually costs money should be avoided.

     

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  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,145 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 9:05 AM (in response to Natgeo72)

    How do,you know?

    What issues are you having with your iMac?

    Of the viruses that exist on OS X, most have to be initiated by an action from the user.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 9:08 AM (in response to Natgeo72)

    Are you sure you have a virus and not malware?  Read this user tip on Viruse etc, and then this note on Malware.

    And follow the link in the latter to the full site of Thomas Reed if you want to learn more.

  • Lord Ludovic Grosvenor Calculating status...
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    Mar 1, 2013 9:10 AM (in response to Natgeo72)

    It is impossible to get a virus on any apple device.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,110 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 9:19 AM (in response to Natgeo72)

    Hi Natgeo72

     

    The very last thing anyone experiencing a problem with OS X should suspect is a virus. Rather than jump to this conclusion, please explain the symptoms that led you to it.

    MacBooks  iMacs  iPads  AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion,  28 years Apple!
  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,145 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 9:31 AM (in response to Natgeo72)

    Typically, OS X has measures to prevent a virus from automatically installing.

    If an email link had an attached virus, OS X would've put up some sort of window or action box where you would've had to take some sort of action.

  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,145 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 9:43 AM (in response to Natgeo72)

    You would have to do as Niel suggested and download one of these antivirus programs and run it.

    If ClamXav or Sophos finds a virus, you'll know.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,110 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 9:53 AM (in response to Natgeo72)

    This is not the result of a virus. This common problem is the result of your email address becoming harvested from any number of sources, and being used to "spoof" the "From" address field in emails being sent by spammers. It is a simple feat to accomplish.

     

    It may have occurred as a result of having sent an email to someone's virus - infested Windows PC whose Outlook address book was used to accomplish the same.

     

    It is also possible, though less likely, that Yahoo had its email address database hacked.

     

    In any event the response you received from your bank's support is incorrect. Bankers should avoid giving out such useless information and stick to doing what they know best, whatever that is.

    MacBooks  iMacs  iPads  AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion,  28 years Apple!
  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 1:26 PM (in response to Natgeo72)

    Natgeo72 wrote:

     

    Last week I found that my Yahoo email address had been hacked, and an email sent out to my entire address book.

    See Someone is sending messages from my e-mail address!

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