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DrDinTN Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Looking at Snake Sites/Pics & several times it said, Caution for malware. Anyone know how to remove any malware from Mac 10.5.8, Leopard for Free.

 

(Also, several people use Mac Defender, MacProtector, & MacSecurity & APPLE SAYS THOSE ARE MALWARE!!! FYI!


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (45,360 points)

    If you see such messages, close your browser.

     

    You will find this User Tip on Viruses, Trojan Detection and Removal, as well as general Internet Security and Privacy, useful:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-2435

     

     

    The User Tip (which you are welcome to print out and retain for future reference) seeks to offer guidance on the main security threats and how to avoid them.

  • MadMacs0 Level 5 Level 5 (4,415 points)

    DrDinTN wrote:

     

    Looking at Snake Sites/Pics & several times it said, Caution for malware.

    Exact words please and the source of the message. A screen shot (Control-Shift-4 and drag the cursor across the window) would be even better.

    Anyone know how to remove any malware from Mac 10.5.8, Leopard for Free.

    You probably don't have any, but yes once we know what it is.

    (Also, several people use Mac Defender, MacProtector, & MacSecurity & APPLE SAYS THOSE ARE MALWARE!!! FYI!

    Yes those were all malware, as we are well aware, but have not been found for something like a year now.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,090 points)

    You didn't install MacKeeper by any chance?

  • DrDinTN Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Did the ClamXav.com... Took ~2 hours. ONE virus... Total errors=189. Said virus found & I could either deal with it myself, (which I didn't know how to do, but tried... or scan again with the Preference Settings set to put in different folder. Not sure what I am doing. Finally, created a Quarantine... Hard to find THE one with the virus??? Do I need to do anything with the errors? Thank you, Neville!

     

    Still not sure what to do to check for & eliminate "malware" & Trojans & such?? I did notice that MACDefender is BAD... but MacDefender is okay???

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    Haven't used your site yet, Klaus, but plan to give it a try. Thank you, as well!

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    @MadMacs0... No, I didn't get a shot. It seems that only "some" of the pictures had the warning. Wish there was a way to contact them all, but yahoo sent me there. There were some definite ERRORS, as well, that I would like to tell them about. Poisonous vs non-poisonous is pretty significant errors... Thank you, too. I do need to start taking "screen shots" a lot! Were the directions that you gave for Macs?

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    BDAqua... Yes, I think that I did install ONE of the MacKeepers... not sure. I have "CleanMyMac" & I Services Trojan Removal Tool, but again, I don't think that I have used them???I know that I tried to uninstall Mackeeper as it was a "trial" version.. Not sure that I did?? Don't see it in my Applications. Do see AppZapper, but don't think I used it. I am not so proficient in uninstalling on my Mac as I was on Windows a long time ago. Thank you, too!

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    So, I need all the "safe sites" that you all may have to CHECK & REMOVE ANY MALWARE/TROJANS OR OTHER "BAD" THINGS... PLEASE... & THANK YOU ALL FOR SUCH RAPID RESPONSES!

  • DrDinTN Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Oops, new to this... MadMacs0.... this hasn't "SOLVED" my problems but certainly helped. I need to learn how all this works. I am guessing that one has to be at a certain level to get kudos for "helped" or "solved"??? I see NO option for BD Aqua... maybe because I hit "solved"??? But I didn't see an option for "helped" in MadMacs0... only "solved". Forgive me if I messed anyone up. I really do need & appreciate your help!

  • DrDinTN Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    FYI: MadMacs0, The Yahoo site that I was viewing was....

     

    http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images_adv_prop=image&fr=aaplw&va=pupils+o f+venomous+snakes

     

    but it was only when I clicked on certain pictures did I get the warning... As you can see, the pictures are from MANY sources, so I have no idea IF I got the malware.

     

    I would have to go through a gazillion pics to see the warning, but basically it was a malware warning... Seems I looked somewhere & some people had worked on removing the malware, but it still gave the warning.

     

    HOW DO I PUT THIS BACK UP AS UNRESOLVED?? NOT SOLVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AS I STILL NEED all the "safe sites" that you all may have to CHECK & REMOVE ANY MALWARE/TROJANS OR OTHER "BAD" THINGS... PLEASE... & THANK YOU ALL FOR SUCH RAPID RESPONSES!

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    You can only award a maximum of 20 points.

     

    Experiment more with ClamX to make sure you know how to remove malware/viruses - I doubt that you will need to do anything else once a scan shows you are no longer infected.

     

    I doubt that you need to look at any further sites.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,090 points)

    HOW DO I PUT THIS BACK UP AS UNRESOLVED?? NOT SOLVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No way to undo it, simply start a new question.

     

    Limit is one Solved/Answered & up to 2 Helpfuls.

  • DrDinTN Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you both. So, guess I will be posting more frequently. So good to find a place to answer my questions, as I have an "old" Mac, 10.5.8, not even listed.

     

    Might you guys know the Model number of the macbook that is being replaced? When I look for what I think is mine, it is no where to be found. Rarely get software updates. Think they forget about us "old timers".

     

    I had a chance to get a "reboxed" macbook from Best Buys... the one that is being replaced... 2 GB, 4-something, for $899-10%= $809.99 & it was sold right out from under me. Could have been upgraded from Lion to newer version for free. A whole new learning process. I am trying to find the same computer online as they are sometimes cheaper & often NO taxes.

     

    My mouse pad clicker has been "dead" for eons. What a pain. And I don't have enough memory. Had some "bad" things happen ~ 1 year after purchase & more later for which I spent months & hours on the phone with Apple & even the specialists, to NO avail.

     

    I took the classes & still feel like a neophyte. Bought a Mac because I was tired of viruses & trojans & malware crashing my PC AND because I was planning to help my musician friend who is so analog that he paid for the 3 year support & the classes & didn't open the Macbook for 3 years & wouldn't you know... I bought mine about 3 months after he got his & his is Tiger & mine is Leopard AND they had UPGRADED GARAGE BANDon mine, which was what he had gotten his for, so I am not much help... Argh.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    You will find this site useful:

     

    http://www.apple-history.com/

     

    Select 'by family' on the left.

     

    I have a 733 MHz G4+ tower with OS X 10.5.8 and am quite happy with it.

  • MadMacs0 Level 5 Level 5 (4,415 points)

    DrDinTN wrote:

     

    Did the ClamXav.com... Took ~2 hours. ONE virus... Total errors=189. Said virus found & I could either deal with it myself, (which I didn't know how to do, but tried... or scan again with the Preference Settings set to put in different folder. Not sure what I am doing. Finally, created a Quarantine... Hard to find THE one with the virus??? Do I need to do anything with the errors?

    To deal with it yourself, which is usually preferrable if only one or two to deal with is to right-click / control-click on the file or infection name in the ClamXav window and select from the pop-up menu.  If it's an e-mail file then you should always choose "Reveal in Finder" as allowing ClamXav or the Finder to move the file will corrupt the mailbox index which could cause problems down the road.  Infected e-mail should always be deleted from within your chosen e-mail client application. 

     

    You can ignore the errors as those are almost always files that you don't have read access to. They either belong to another user or the System.

     

    For tips and fastest assistance come to the ClamXav Forum.

    I did notice that MACDefender is BAD... but MacDefender is okay???

    There was some legit software with that name before the malware stole the name. I think it may still be around at http://www.macdefender.org. The BAD one should be long gone.

    @MadMacs0... No, I didn't get a shot. It seems that only "some" of the pictures had the warning. Wish there was a way to contact them all, but yahoo sent me there. There were some definite ERRORS, as well, that I would like to tell them about. Poisonous vs non-poisonous is pretty significant errors... Thank you, too. I do need to start taking "screen shots" a lot! Were the directions that you gave for Macs?

    Yes.

    BDAqua... Yes, I think that I did install ONE of the MacKeepers... not sure. I have "CleanMyMac" & I Services Trojan Removal Tool, but again, I don't think that I have used them???I know that I tried to uninstall Mackeeper as it was a "trial" version.. Not sure that I did??

    I think all of us here would agree that you don't need any of those. Both MacKeeper and CleanMyMac will almost certainly slow any older computer down and can do more harm than good if used improperly. I don't recall the I Services Trojan being seen for years. ClamXav would have found it in any case.

  • MadMacs0 Level 5 Level 5 (4,415 points)

    DrDinTN wrote:

     

    FYI: MadMacs0, The Yahoo site that I was viewing was....

     

    but it was only when I clicked on certain pictures did I get the warning... As you can see, the pictures are from MANY sources, so I have no idea IF I got the malware.

    I had a little difficulty getting to the site you listed, but believe I was able to track it down. My guess is that you were being alerted by a Google service called "Safe Browsing" which many browsers use to help warn users that the site they are trying to access is known to have dispensed malware or phishing attempts in the past. When you ask for additional information it gives you some additional details. As long as you never went to the site nothing could possibly have happened and if you did visit and download something infected, it would almost always be Windows malware.

    I STILL NEED all the "safe sites" that you all may have to CHECK & REMOVE ANY MALWARE/TROJANS OR OTHER "BAD" THINGS... PLEASE... & THANK YOU ALL FOR SUCH RAPID RESPONSES!

    I think you've done all you need to do unless your Mac suddenly starts behaving strangely.

  • DrDinTN Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    But I have done NOTHING to remove "malware"... ClamXav only checks for viruses, right... which should not be a problem. Malware & Trojans are the biggies. Thank you, though.

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