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510 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Apr 20, 2013 6:37 PM by DanPage RSS
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Apr 19, 2013 8:25 PM

Has the time come for virus protection for the Mac?  And what's the best.

 

I am having all sorts of problems with my many programs needing passwords.  My passwords seem to be disappering faster than I can keep upwith

 

NEED SOME HELP

DAN

  • AppleClubSupport Level 4 Level 4 (1,060 points)
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    Apr 19, 2013 8:28 PM (in response to DanPage)

    Do not install any anti-virus. Mac anti-virus is generally junkware. OS X takes care of itself. At this point, there is little to protect from: no viruses, and only 3-4 dozen malware definitions.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
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    Apr 19, 2013 8:28 PM (in response to DanPage)

    No. Right now there are no OS X viruses in the wild. Your problem is not related to a virus but may be related to a trojan if you have been clicking on unknown links on unknown websites or engaging in otherwise careless use of the Internet.

     

    Helpful Links Regarding Malware Protection

     

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

    Also, visit The XLab FAQs and read Detecting and avoiding malware and spyware.

     

    If you require anti-virus protection I recommend using ClamXav.

  • AppleClubSupport Level 4 Level 4 (1,060 points)
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    Apr 19, 2013 8:42 PM (in response to DanPage)

    Seems that the more likely possibility is that your email has been hacked, rather than your Mac. If Earthlink said your computer was infected by a virus, that would be wrong.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,960 points)
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    Apr 20, 2013 6:05 AM (in response to DanPage)

    What passwords are changing? What is the exact behavior you are seeing?

     

    Most likely, this is not the result of any kind of malware. If it's email account passwords or other online passwords, those accounts have probably been hacked, as has been said. You need to change those passwords, making sure you use strong passwords, and don't use the same password on more than one online account. Use a password manager if necessary to keep track. Also, you need to make sure hackers haven't left themselves a back door to get back into your account. See:

     

    http://www.thesafemac.com/mmg-infected/#spam

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,960 points)
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    Apr 20, 2013 6:13 PM (in response to DanPage)

    I'm not sure what you saw on the page I referred you to that led you to find eyetvhelper somewhere... That sounds like part of the EyeTV software, used with Elgato hardware, and I'm not sure why it would cause any problems with your passwords. I'm also still unclear on what passwords you're having trouble with. You may not have solved your problem if the passwords in question were for e-mail accounts.

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