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  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,205 points)

    I recommend staying away from all AV software.  They are useless IMO.

     

    On the other hand, if it is something to do with, say windows, you do have VirtualBox and Parallels.  So I might revise my list, and the first candidates to remove,

     

    ~/Library/LaunchAgents

       org.virtualbox.vboxwebsrv.plist

     

    /Library/LaunchAgents

       com.parallels.desktop.launch.plist

       com.parallels.vm.prl_pcproxy.plist

     

    /Library/LaunchDaemons

       com.parallels.desktop.launchdaemon.plist

     

    /Library/StartupItems

       VirtualBox

     

    FWIW, here's a related discussions on AV software:


    Is virus protection needed for iMacs?

  • capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)

    X423424X wrote:

     

    I recommend staying away from all AV software.  They are useless IMO.

     

    I use Sophos AV on all of my Macs and it has been useful in catching malicious email attachments.  It doesn't hurt to use it and it could help, so I don't know why anyone would advise against it.  The kind of message the OP reported is consistent with malware, so I still recommend he try it.  The myth of Mac invulnerability is a lot more dangerous than well known AV software.

  • Dustin.LindenSmith Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That same weird audio message started popping up for me this morning, and after following MatthewDJ's instructions to clear all the Flash content stored on my iMac, the sound stopped. So I think that's the solution!

     

    Not sure why it didn't work for the original poster, but I can vouch for that technique as having fixed the problem for my own computer. Many thanks!!

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)

    To prevent this happening again you may like to try this procedure.

    {Post originally supplied by WZZZ}

     

    Flash cookie stop.png

     

    This is a screenshot, so those are not live links, but you've used the Adobe online setup already so know your way there.

    I've used this procedure on all four of our Macs and no more problems.

  • Dustin.LindenSmith Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, that's quite helpful.

     

    By the way, some additional insight to add is that the sound just popped back for me this morning, but I tracked down the source site: it was a Flash ad on isohunt.com.

  • su01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    http://www.thesafemac.com/arg-identification/

     

    I used this website to clear the malware, that I downloaded accidentally.  Time consuming, but  I didn't want to download any program that can harm even more.

    Just follow the steps on each browser you use, and you will be able to clean your files.

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