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    "virus" software; do i need any of these?
    I ran Find Any File and a list of files came up. I don't know if any of these are part of the Mac OS, so please advise if I should keep any of these. Thank you. john
    Dr Antivirus, DSLogVirusViewer.....,DSLogMain....,NortonAntiViru s, NoVirusSound...,SophosAntivirus...,VirusBarrier,Vi rusCleaner, and a ton related to some of these.

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    I ran Find Any File and a list of files came up. I don't know if any of these are part of the Mac OS, so please advise if I should keep any of these.

    Non of those "virus" app are part of any Mac OS X or included or even seldom if ever needed if you do a quick search on this mac-forums.

    The only real anti-attack app you should consider and use is:
    MALWAREBYTES FOR MAC.app
    https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

    And no, you probably don't need the paid for version and the free trial will just still work but you'll have to run it manually.

    PS: You should consider using one of the "app remover" app utilities to do the deleting.
    Take your pick from here unless you already have your favorite already:
    https://www.macupdate.com/find/mac/app%20remover
    or
    https://www.macupdate.com/find/mac/app%20delete

    PPS: Note, you already have an excellent "app delete" application and that's "Find Any File.app".





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    I'll second Patrick's notion that these apps are seldom if ever needed.

    The files you've named seem to be from at least two different but similar apps. If you decide to use an anti-virus app choose one and use it. These kinds of apps often conflict with each other causing all kinds of issues if more than one is installed at a time.

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    Many thanks. I ran Malwarebytes before FAF, and FAF found even more files. So, after the replies above, I deleted 124 of said files and will have to hope that the freaking MacCleaner and some nuisance virus scan app never appear again. I would throttle whoever wrote those if I could find the sucker(s). (Note to FBI: just kidding. i'd shake their hand and buy him/her/them a Pepsi.) Cheers. john

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    I deleted 124 of said files and will have to hope that the freaking MacCleaner and some nuisance virus scan app never appear again.
    Don't forget when using FAF.app to also search on the names of the developer for such files as they often hide some of their associated files that way that may keep some stuff working in the background.

    IE: MacKeeper often uses either the Zeobit or Kromtech name in some of their associated files that need to be Trashed to delete everything.


    PS:
    (Note to FBI: just kidding. i'd shake their hand and buy him/her/them a Pepsi.)
    I'd skip the Pepsi and give them a nice Hemlock juice cordial that I'm sure they would enjoy.




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    Patrick: thanks for the tip on the developer names. sneaky sob's! maybe hemlock juice IS the answer.... j

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