celestefromwilmett wrote: I was Watching netflix and it just turned on randomly... I don't know how long it was on... I freaked out and unplugged my computer...I also have parental locks on my computer.(4) Parental controls is part of the OS X Lion operating system.
If you use third-party parental lock software that you control, you can test for a repeatable bug as suggested above by disabling or removing the added software. If your problem goes away but returns as soon as you re-enable the locking software, this software is the source of the bug.
If your parents control the third-party parental lock software, talk about your concerns with them. They will be at least as concerned as you are about any unexplained functions in your Mac.
I've seen this happen, very recently. Netflix runs microsoft silverlight to stream video. I think there may be an exploit there. If you open silverlight you will see option for the camera and mic. I was not running the most recent version of silverlight when this "hack" happened. I have since upgraded the version. Don't know if this has fixed the issue. I'm streaming netflix on other devices just to be safe.
The kind of problem you describe is the reason I have never installed Sliverlight. I try to run as few third party add-ons as I can. Silverlight is one I can avoid for what I need to do. (No, I am not using Netflix on Mac, either.)
I hope your latest version upgrade keeps you Mac safe and remedies your previous concerns. However, if you continue to believe there is an exploit there, and if you have anything of importance on your Mac, I suggest the secure erase process I described above followed by installation of software that excludes your Sliverlight or other Netscape items that make you suspicious.
I've started having this problem after updating Silverlight and Flash. Since I did both together I'm not sure which was responsible, if either. I've uninstalled them both, done a safe boot (the iSight light didn't turn on then, but did once I returned to normal settings and is still on) and a full antivirus scan which found nothing.
What else could be causing this? Thanks.
I'm running 10.8.4 on a Pro.
Kit Tigwell wrote: ... a full antivirus scan which found nothing. What else could be causing this? Thanks. I'm running 10.8.4 on a Pro.
Perhaps your full antivirus software? What are you using? If you use the method below, don't reinstall it after zeroing your disk.
Perhaps remnants of Sliverlight or some other software conflict. Some software uninstallers do not remove all of the files they installed or created by running the app. If you believe that software may be causing your trouble, backup all important files, zero (secure erase) your disk, reinstall Mac OS and applications, and then copy only known good and necessary data files back. This will ensure that any hidden or forgotten files that may be causing your trouble are gone forever. If software doesn't fix it, contact Apple or your Apple Authorized Service Provider for a hardware check.