Hi, and thanks for the quick come back. The only problem is that my iMac is behaving very slowly, sometimes locking up for a minute or more. This is usual virus symptoms on windows. I've had the mac for 4 years and never seen this kind of thing before. Will re-install the sophos sw and see if that makes a difference.
Will check my email attachments.
Ps the sophos points to the pathname/filename in following order
It may be Sophos itself causing the problem. That's been known to happen. In any case, the problem is unlikely to be malware. I'd suggest you uninstall Sophos completely and see if matters improve. If not, post back and folks will have additional suggestions for diagnosing the proble
the sophos points to the pathname/filename in following order , Users/'my name'/.trashes/
That indicate that the file Sophos identified as malware, whatever it was, has already been placed in the trash.
thanks again. things are looking back to normal after the below.
I agree that sophos is the likely culprit although it probably did identify something - even if it was windows malware. I've used the sophos sw for a couple of years and it's never found anything before - so I was a little shocked when it found something today. i've posted on sophos mac support pages as well.
I re-installed sophos (after removing it first).
switched on hidden files and deleted all that were unnecessary under pathname- users/'my name'/.
checked all emails around the time that sophos reports the trojan find, nothing to be found.
sophos nolonger reporting the trojan.
will run scan and post any update.
sophos does detect windows malware on your mac, although this malware won't infect your mac.
having looked at the sophos logs I note that it has removed these files a number of times in the past without me actually being aware of it.
it did notify me yesterday and then got into a loop when trying to remove the file. this had a knock effect on my mac which started to demostrate sympthoms of an actual virus infection (too many years struggling with windows). it's disappointing that sophos while identifying the malware cannot issue a simple message to identify it as windows malware. I've posted on their website to this effect.
whether sophos actually does provide any meaningful increase in protecting my mac is open to question - I simply don't know. I'm OK with having it installed as it does not impact system, other than yesterday.
thankfully, 'varjak paw' was quick to help out otherwise I would have erased my disk and re-installed.
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