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krolly
1st June 2011, 09:24 AM
Was just looking to adopt a rescue dog on-line would you believe, and got a warning from Apple.
Hadn't consciously clicked on anything except dog pictures, but I have my trackpad set to tap and it is very sensitive so . . .
Anyway, I tried to close the window that opened instead of just quitting out of Chrome instantly and suddenly anti-malware is downloading! I found this zip file in downloads and deleted it and asked spotlight if there was anything called anti-malware on board my macBookPro and it assures me there isn't but I'm worried.
I understand these things go for bank details and passwords and I want to know if there is something more i should do.
Typically, my mentor (eldest son) is sound asleep and won't be raised from the dead by his phone, so I'm all alone and scared.
http://www.cheesebuerger.de/images/more/bigs/c021.gif

The zip file is still in the trash.

http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/1310/antimalware.png

This is such a new experience for me.
In the 90s sometime, I was working in Quark and I pressed command option shift delete, which used to get rid of, say, a text box behind another text box. I must have just updated or upgraded Quark or something, because this was something I'd done a million times before and the picture or text box would just delete. At the time I didn't relate my keystrokes to what happened next.
This multi-coloured Martian marched noisily across the screen and with his ray gun, he zapped the box I was deleting and it disintegrated in a rainbow of colours and synthesised sound.

I totally freaked and called my tech guy who told me to shut everything down and wait for him. Keeping in mind it was early days and you only connected to the internet to send something to the printer or email someone. No world wide web as such. Well not in my studio, anyway.

The tech guy fiddled and made phone calls and spoke in tongues to other tech guys and nobody had a clue. He told me not to use the computer, which was connected to other computers (by ethernet cabling). My work ground to a halt!
A day or two later I was at the film makers and described my predicament.

"Oh, Martian delete!" this guy goes. "Isn't that COOL!" http://www.cheesebuerger.de/images/more/bigs/c022.gif

Turns out some software writer has snuck this in to Quark for a laugh.
I wasn't real pleased because it threw my business into disarray.
But I did have it up my sleeve as a party trick until the next upgrade saw it disappear.

So, apart from that one time, I've never had a fright like this.
What do I do now? Where do I look to see if I'm polluted?

kyte
1st June 2011, 09:31 AM
Its probably OK, but if you want to reassure yourself, go and download Sophos for Mac (http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx) which is free, or ClamXAV (http://www.clamxav.com/) which is also free. I find Sophos to be unintrusive and useful for getting rid of anything that comes via email so I dont pass it on to my Windoze using friends. It will look for Mac nasties as well, even though there arent many

krolly
1st June 2011, 09:40 AM
Its probably OK, but if you want to reassure yourself, go and download Sophos for Mac (http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx) which is free, or ClamXAV (http://www.clamxav.com/) which is also free. I find Sophos to be unintrusive and useful for getting rid of anything that comes via email so I dont pass it on to my Windoze using friends. It will look for Mac nasties as well, even though there arent many
Thank you so much.
So this Sohos for Mac doesn't just look for stuff that came via email?
This didn't appear via my gMail but from an internet site. Still work ok?

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OOOPS!
Just went to Sophos and even that scares me after what I read the other day (http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/apple-fights-fake-antivirus-software-vendors-20110526-1f4zq.html).

snark
1st June 2011, 06:03 PM
Just went to Sophos and even that scares me ...

Sophos is a fairly well known player in the anti-virus space, and you should be able to trust anything that you download & install from their website.

kyte
1st June 2011, 06:17 PM
Sophos is a fairly well known player in the anti-virus space, and you should be able to trust anything that you download & install from their website.

Indeed. Its been around for a very long time. I used it from time to time (but preferred AVG) for my windows machines, but on Mac, it uses nearly no resources.

And yes, Kolly, it looks at whatever you want it to.

krolly
2nd June 2011, 03:51 PM
Well thank you thank you.
I'll put my faith in mactalk. again. :)

I've downloaded and am now scanning.
This must be how pc users feel every time they download anything.
I don't have total confidence that all will be well.

snark
2nd June 2011, 05:59 PM
If you're using Safari as your browser, go into Preferences > General, and untick the box to 'Open "safe" files after downloading'.
This will give you a chance to double-check anything that you download.

torana355
2nd June 2011, 06:12 PM
It will be fine as long as the zip file has not been opened. The same file downloaded to my mac and i just deleted it immediately.

krolly
5th June 2011, 09:43 AM
If you're using Safari as your browser, go into Preferences > General, and untick the box to 'Open "safe" files after downloading'.
This will give you a chance to double-check anything that you download.

I feel it is so trusting not to think that if the file arrived uninvited in the first place, that it can't open itself without my co-operation too.
It's still sitting in the bin because I'm curious about it and haven't felt like losing track of it completely yet, but Sophos' software found it there and confirms its evil intent.

http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/3664/malware.png

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I'm in Chrome and also have Firefox handy.
Couldn't see that preference obvious in Chrome's prefs. Where might it be?