3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2012 4:06 AM by thomas_r.
Moua93 Level 1 (0 points)

Again it says that the file infected is in the safariarchive.tar.gz. Ive tried many things to get into it but for some reason I can't. Im not so much of a tech guy either which brings me to the point, how do I get rid of this malware? Any suggestions/help would be very much appreciated.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Kappy Level 10 (265,951 points)

    You needn't bother. It's an error caused by an unrecognized filetype. This triggers errors in many AV programs where there actually is not virus.


    The file you went looking for is invisible, and that's why your could not find it. It's invisible for a reason, so you won't mess with it.


    You should get rid of Sophos. It isn't needed. There are no known viruses affecting OS X.


    Helpful Links Regarding Flashback Trojan and Virus Protection


    1. An excellent link to read is Tom Reed's Mac Malware Guide.
    2. Also, visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQ on malware.
    3. For general anti-virus protection I only recommend using ClamXav.
  • MadMacs0 Level 5 (4,722 points)

    Moua93 wrote:


    Again it says that the file infected is in the safariarchive.tar.gz.

    What is the name Sophos uses for the infection?

  • thomas_r. Level 7 (30,727 points)

    That file stores an older version of Safari following an update. Most likely, you were infected with Flashback at some point and the infected copy of Safari ended up archived in that file. If that is the case, Sophos will call the malware OSX/Flshplyr-X (where X is some letter). In any case, though, there's no need to worry... whatever's in there can't hurt you, as long as you don't expand that file and try to use the version of Safari it contains, and eventually it will be replaced by a newer version of Safari by another update.