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How do I get rid of a virus in my iMac G4?

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marciafromsanfrancisco Calculating status...
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Apr 20, 2011 7:54 PM

My iMac_G4 has a virus, maybe more than one virus. I don't know how to get rid of it. Can anyone help?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), I think it's multiple viruses
  • TaylorN90 Level 3 Level 3 (635 points)

    Hi Marcia


    What makes you think that you have a virus on your Mac?


    It is highly unlikely that you do...


    There are several free Anti-Virus applications for Mac.






  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,880 points)

    What makes you think you have a virus? There are a handful of Trojans, but there are absolutely no viruses for Mac. Why don't you describe what's happening instead of jumping to some conclusion.

  • TaylorN90 Level 3 Level 3 (635 points)
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    Apr 20, 2011 8:02 PM (in response to WZZZ)

    There are several virus' listed here.


  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,880 points)
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    Apr 20, 2011 8:19 PM (in response to TaylorN90)

    The word virus has a specific meaning; it should not be used as a catch all for any kind of malware. I repeat: there are no viruses for Mac.


    That list is an inflated piece of garbage scareware. All the viruses it lists are from before OSX. Take another look; it's even listing ones from System 6 &7! Yes, there were some viruses for OS 9 and before. There are NONE now.

  • TaylorN90 Level 3 Level 3 (635 points)

    If you go to ClamXav's website, you can follow their documentation for further assistance

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,880 points)
    What I experience is 2 or 3 different grinding noises intermittently and slowness of internet with a lot of that little rainbow circle turning all the time. Does that make any sense?

    That sounds like it may be a failing Hard Drive --  maybe grinding bearings. Much less likely, since you're getting beach balling and slowness, could be one of the fan motors is grinding. I'm thinking drive. It's NOT a virus or malware. Those sounds along with those symptoms, even on a PC/Windows, would indicate a failing drive is the likely culprit, not a virus.


    Stop wasting your time with ClamX or any AV, looking for a virus. It's a likely a hardware problem.


    Get the free demo of SMART Utility and let it check the drive.



    Also, open up Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities. Select the drive, the top listing, look down at the bottom and see what it says for SMART Status. It will say failed or verified. If it says verified, it does not mean the drive is not failing. If it says failed, it can be relied on.


    Also, have a listen:



    You can also run the Hardware Test in extended. It will be on one of your Install discs. Boot to the test holding down the D key. Remove all peripherals except the keyboard and mouse.

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,880 points)
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:34 AM (in response to WZZZ)

    I should add, probably the most important thing you can do right now is to backup your data onto an external drive ASAP. If your drive is failing, it may last another week or more or die at any moment. Running ClamX to scan the entire drive will take hours and further stress the drive, and for no good reason. I would also put off running the Hardware Test until you have a backup in place, since that is stressful and will take a long time.


    You can use Carbon Copy Cloner to make a backup, if you don't already have one.


  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,880 points)

    Please let me know how you make out.

  • djpurveyor Calculating status...
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    Nov 3, 2011 7:39 PM (in response to WZZZ)

    hey sorry to bring up an old post, ive downloaded something and now my imac wont even turn on properly, is there a way i can remedy this? please help im dying

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,385 points)
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    Nov 4, 2011 5:27 AM (in response to djpurveyor)

    Your problem may not be exactly the same as that of the original poster of this old thread, and it can be very confusing for everybody if we try to answer more than one question in each thread.


    In order for us to give your problem our undivided attention in order to try to solve it, would you kindly start your own thread, describing the trouble you are having in the fullest detail, including completing your details to show what Mac you are using, what operating system, and what version of the application in question.

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