9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 15, 2014 10:14 PM by MadMacs0
SuziQster Level 1 Level 1

How do I check and clear malware from my Mac book Pro OS x 10.6?


MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011)
Solved by Bimmer 7 Series on Jul 10, 2012 5:38 PM Solved

You don't really need any if your OS is up to date.

 

But to give you peace of mind, download ClamX AV which is a free download and run it once a week if it would make you feel better.

 

Good luck and enjoy your Macbook.

Reply by MadMacs0 on Jul 10, 2012 11:53 PM Helpful

Just noticing some slowing of performance & some occasional pop ups asking if I want to clean my Mac especially when I am in email account.

Sounds like MacKeeper. Ignore those pop ups, even when they tell you they've found something wrong with your computer (they can't). Just an aggressive advertiser trying to convince you to buy something you do not need.

 

As others have told you, a fully up-to-date OS X 10.6.8 is all you need to protect you against all currently known OS X malware. Could some fancy A-V software warn you of tomorrows threat? Perhaps, but I have only observed that once in all the time I've been monitoring the situation.

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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    Helpful Links Regarding Flashback Trojan and Virus Protection

     

    An excellent link to read is Tom Reed's Mac Malware Guide.

    A link to a great User Tip about the trojan: Flashback Trojan User Tip.

    To check for the trojan: Anti Flashback Trojan 2.0.4.

     

    A Google search can reveal a variety of alternatives on how the remove the trojan should your computer get infected. This can get you started. Or the preferred method is to use Apple's protection tool: Flashback Malware Removal Tool 1.0.

     

    Or, open Software Update. If you do not have the Apple protection software installed it will download and install it via Software Update. If no update appears that means you either already have it installed or it isn't needed for your system. The software is only available for Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion versions of OS X.

     

    Also see Apple's article About Flashback malware.

     

    For general anti-virus protection I only recommend using ClamXav.

     

    For the DNS Changer malware see the following:

     

    Will your internet service cut off on July 9?

     

    DCWG | DNS Changer Working Group

    How to remove the DNS Changer malware

  • Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 Level 6

    You don't really need any if your OS is up to date.

     

    But to give you peace of mind, download ClamX AV which is a free download and run it once a week if it would make you feel better.

     

    Good luck and enjoy your Macbook.

  • MadMacs0 Level 5 Level 5

    SuziQster wrote:

     

    How do I check and clear malware from my Mac book Pro OS x 10.6?

    What malware do you have?

  • SuziQster Level 1 Level 1

    Not sure,

     

    Just noticing some slowing of performance & some occasional pop ups asking if I want to clean my Mac especially when I am in email account.  Not sure what this means.  My OS is up to date tho so I have been told I am surely safe.  I may need to do a little cleaning up of my HD.

     

    Thanks.

  • MadMacs0 Level 5 Level 5

    Just noticing some slowing of performance & some occasional pop ups asking if I want to clean my Mac especially when I am in email account.

    Sounds like MacKeeper. Ignore those pop ups, even when they tell you they've found something wrong with your computer (they can't). Just an aggressive advertiser trying to convince you to buy something you do not need.

     

    As others have told you, a fully up-to-date OS X 10.6.8 is all you need to protect you against all currently known OS X malware. Could some fancy A-V software warn you of tomorrows threat? Perhaps, but I have only observed that once in all the time I've been monitoring the situation.

  • Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 Level 6

    I do agree with MadMacs0 - 100%.

     

    as to your slowdown issues, why don't you check what's loading in your login items and delete the ones you don't need.

     

    check activity monitor under all processes and highlight the ones using the most % CPU and hit quit process.

     

    then go on to disk utility and click on verify disk.  once you've done that, verify disk permissions. repair if needed.

     

    restart your macbook.

     

    hopefully it speeds it up a bit.

     

    a RAM upgrade is also a good idea. 

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    If the OP does have MacKeeper installed - she should go here immediately and get it off of her system. It's malware and it's most annoying.

     

    Clinton

  • Thegooff Level 1 Level 1

    How do I remove pastaleads malware from my macbook pro OS X 10.9.5?

  • MadMacs0 Level 5 Level 5

    Note that this thread is over two years old and much has changed since then.

    Thegooff wrote:

     

    How do I remove pastaleads malware from my macbook pro OS X 10.9.5?

    Never heard of any OSX malware with that name. Where are you seeing "pasta leads"? It sounds like some sort of Adware rather than malware.  If that's the case you need to run AdwareMedic which will remove all currently known adware safely and efficiently.

     

    If that doesn't work, you will almost certainly need to start a new thread as nobody but some of those responding to the OP will ever see this. That's just the way this forum works best.