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    Dec 29, 2007
    Please help, some virus is abusing my AIM contacts on iChat

    For a period of two weeks now, my friends have been complaining to me that I keep IM'ing them on aim with suspicious links citing 'free ipad, click here' or something to that extent. I must have contracted a virus of some sort and I cannot figure out how to eliminate it.

    I use iChat exclusively for aim on my macbook, no other programs are installed.

    Other details I can provide are:

    1) It appears that these messages are sent when I am not even voluntarily logged on ichat myself. One friend noticed me sign on for 2 seconds, send him the message and sign off immediately.

    2) On advice of an apple rep, I used the install disc that came with my macbook, clicked archive and reinstalled all of my Mac OS X applications

    However, the problem still seems unresolved as my friend just again told me he got another message from me.

    IF anyone can help me localize and eliminate this virus I would be very much appreciative.

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    Member Since
    Feb 25, 2009
    Late 2013 rMBP, i7, 750m gpu, OSX versions 10.9.3, 10.10
    It's because you don't have a virus. There are currently no viruses in the wild on the Mac.

    What has probably happened is someone has hijacked your password thru some phishing scheme or has just plain hacked your account.

    I'd suggest changing all of your passwords and see what happens.
    My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m, 16Gig ram; 2013 Mac Pro 6 core w/ D700, 16Gig Ram; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Linux; Apple TV (1080p version)

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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    When you finished reinstalling OS X, did you run Software Update to get all the latest patches? There was an iChat worm which would exhibit behavior similar to what you're describing, but it was patched by Apple some time ago.

    Leap-A malware: what you need to know | Utilities | Macworld
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