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Chametzoo Level 1 (55 points)

Hi all,


I recently posted one of the trillions of discussions regarding the Flashback virus here:


file://localhost/Users/michaelm/Desktop/Power%20PC%20apps%20crash%20on%20startup %20in%20OS...-%20Apple%20Support%20Communities.webloc


I confirmed that my 10.5.8 Leopard run Mac Pro did indeed have the virus.  All the behaviors were there: Power PC/Rosetta run apps were crashing on start up and the Terminal utility showed the presence of the dreaded DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES.  After that, I was out of town for about a week and the Mac Pro was shut down for that period and upon my return, I was to wipe and reinstall to start fresh.  While away, I read some more articles about the virus and some remedies and removal techniques, so I returned home hopeful that the wipe and reinstall would not be necessary.


But.... when I fired up the Mac Pro today after a week of being shut down, it seems the virus was gone.  ???  Is this possible?  I entered the following lines in Terminal and got 'does not exist' on all of them!


defaults read ~/.MacOSX/environment DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES

defaults read /Applications/ LSEnvironment

defaults read /Applications/ LSEnvironment

My older Power PC/Rosetta run apps started up fine with no crashes.  I also turned off Java in Safari preferences.  So the question is, what to do now? Should I immediately update to 10.6 Snow Leopard (I have too many Rosetta run apps right now to shift to Lion) and get all native softwares up to date?  I would imagine that Snow Leopard would be safer at this point than my old Leopard.  Should I install a Mac virus protection app as well?  Should I also keep Java OFF at all times?

Thanks! Mike

Mac Pro Quad Core Intel Xeon / Macbook 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
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