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MacBook Pro - MBP virus?? HELP!


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Okay. I clicked a link that took me to some sketchy site that told me i had to download and update on a program i knew i didn't have nor need. I knew it was virusy because the link was sent to me via a social networking site.

Safari wouldn't let me quit and shutdown wouldn't work.

I forced shutdown. (held power button for five seconds)

I let it sit for about 15 seconds and once it started up again my taskbar had been altered (not the customization I had set) and stuff in my Finder window was arranged differently.

I don't think I downloaded anything. I clicked cancel once on the popup prompt to download from the link and then tried to exit safari.

I have norton scanning my entire Mac HD drive now for four hours and nothing has come up. ANY ADVICE????

Did the shutdown screw up the computer or is there a virus?
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At this point there are no Virus's in the wild for OSX. When you forced shut down it messed things up a bit. Had that happen in Windows also a few times. If things are not set in stone and you basically pull the plug without properly shutting down, things like that can happen. What site is this? Curious as it caused Safari to mess up.
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well it came off of yahoo answers and i don't suggest visiting it but it was along the lines of answers-video.com with various backslashes and numbers after it. (if you search the site in google you can see some examples on answers of people's questions)
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well it came off of yahoo answers and i don't suggest visiting it but it was along the lines of answers-video.com with various backslashes and numbers after it. (if you search the site in google you can see some examples on answers of people's questions)
Found it. That site is trying to get you to download a Video Codec. Do NOT ever say yes. There is a malware disguised as a Video Codec. I hope it did not download on your system. My Safari did not lock but I quit it from the Dock.
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The moral of the story here is if you're ever prompted for your password after downloading a file that seems sketchy, don't do it! In OS X and other UNIX-like operating systems, this password prompt is used to elevate your account's authority. It means you're giving that process the ability to manipulate more than just your own account - which could be dangerous depending on the context. Being prompted for your password should always make you think "hmmm... what is this for and do I trust the source of this program?".

Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!
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The moral of the story here is if you're ever prompted for your password after downloading a file that seems sketchy, don't do it! In OS X and other UNIX-like operating systems, this password prompt is used to elevate your account's authority. It means you're giving that process the ability to manipulate more than just your own account - which could be dangerous depending on the context. Being prompted for your password should always make you think "hmmm... what is this for and do I trust the source of this program?".
I did not enter my admin password or confirm any sort of download, so I'm hoping I'm okay. I'm going to let Norton finish the scan and re-personalize my desktop.

Hopefully all goes well. Is there any way i can find this video codec to se if it's on my system? I'll manually delete it if I can.
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Found it. That site is trying to get you to download a Video Codec. Do NOT ever say yes. There is a malware disguised as a Video Codec. I hope it did not download on your system. My Safari did not lock but I quit it from the Dock.
I tried quitting from the dock first. After about three tries I forced shutdown.
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I think there is a website that talk about how to get rid of that type of malware.. Ill try to find it.
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