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    Can't locate suspected malware that downloaded onto my MacBook

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    Can't locate suspected malware that downloaded onto my MacBook
    A sketchy website told me that my Flash was out-of-date and downloaded something onto my MacBook. I immediately checked my Downloads folder and found nothing. But I saw something download. So I tried searching for "Flash" and "dmg". Found nothing. So I updated Sophos Anti-Virus and scanned. Still nothing. Then Adware Medic. Nothing. But I saw something download. Any advice beyond "stay off of sketchy websites, idiot" would be much appreciated. Thanks.
    13" mid-2012 MacBook Pro, 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, Intel HD Graphics 4000 1024 MB, OS 10.14.4

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    Can't locate suspected malware that downloaded onto my MacBook
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    DetectX Swift is the best anti-malware software.
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Can't locate suspected malware that downloaded onto my MacBook
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    @aforce

    Welcome and thank you for your post.

    Not only am I going to endorse Harry's suggestion; but gently suggest that you uninstall Sophos AV. It hogs the CPU and often disallows a legitimate Apple update because it senses it as a threat.

    But most importantly, because it cannot detect the kind of Malware that you may/may not have downloaded. And at the same time, you will probably know that there are no viruses in the wild which affect Macs.

    So it does no good, might mess with updates and misses crucial malware.

    Personal choice, of course

    Ian
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    Can't locate suspected malware that downloaded onto my MacBook
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    If you are still using AdWare Medic, the predecessor of Malwarebytes, what Mac OS are you running?


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    Can't locate suspected malware that downloaded onto my MacBook

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    Thank you to all three of you.

    I'll look into replacing Sophos AV with DetectX Swift and AdWare Medic with Malwarebytes.

    I just upgraded to Mojave recently (10.14.4).
    13" mid-2012 MacBook Pro, 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, Intel HD Graphics 4000 1024 MB, OS 10.14.4

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    Can't locate suspected malware that downloaded onto my MacBook

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    DetectX Swift and Malwarebytes didn't find anything. I think I'm going to stop stressing about it ... unless I start having issues.
    13" mid-2012 MacBook Pro, 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, Intel HD Graphics 4000 1024 MB, OS 10.14.4

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    Can't locate suspected malware that downloaded onto my MacBook
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    No issues no problems!
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Oh, and stay off sketchy websites.
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    Can't locate suspected malware that downloaded onto my MacBook
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    A sketchy website told me that my Flash was out-of-date and downloaded something onto my MacBook.
    Open your System Preferences and look for the "Adobe Flash Player" icon in the bottom row. Click on that and you can see what the latest version of Flash is and if it was recently installed. No need to run a malware app if the Flash update was genuine.

    Anytime you go to a site that requires Flash and if the version of Flash you have is out of date, that will kick off the Adobe Flash updater. That does not necessarily mean you have malware. But it's also a good idea as Ashwin stated to stay away from those sites.

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    Can't locate suspected malware that downloaded onto my MacBook
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    Quote Originally Posted by aforce View Post
    A sketchy website told me that my Flash was out-of-date and downloaded something onto my MacBook. I immediately checked my Downloads folder and found nothing. But I saw something download. So I tried searching for "Flash" and "dmg". Found nothing. So I updated Sophos Anti-Virus and scanned. Still nothing. Then Adware Medic. Nothing. But I saw something download. Any advice beyond "stay off of sketchy websites, idiot" would be much appreciated. Thanks.
    Try EtreCheck. On the App Store. It will tell you everything there is to know about your system, and what’s running on it.


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