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Macs and malware
« on: Sun Jan 21, 2018 - 10:04:08 »
A couple of years ago, I bought a MacBook Air. Everything I read claimed I didn't need any anti-virus apps on a Mac, so I didn't install any.
So this morning, I get an email from AT&T saying -
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AT&T has received information indicating that one or more devices using your Internet connection may be infected with malicious software. Internet traffic consistent with a malware infection (“unknown”) was observed on Jan 20, 2018 at 7:45 AM CST from the IP address (my IP addy) Our records indicate that this IP address was assigned to you at this time.


Then, they give me a list of options for detection and removal-
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Tools for removing rootkits, bots, and other crimeware:
Norton Power Eraser: https://security.symantec.com/nbrt/npe.aspx (Windows)
McAfee Rootkit Remover: http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/rootkitremover.aspx (Windows)
Tools for general virus and malware removal:
Microsoft Safety & Security Center: http://www.microsoft.com/security/ (Windows)
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: http://malwarebytes.org/ (Windows, Android)
Spybot +AV: http://www.safer-networking.org/ (Windows)
OS X Gatekeeper: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5290 (OS X)


So apparently, my Mac wasn't safe from malware/virus attacks?
Any advice on scanning and removing whatever is in my machine?

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Macs and malware
« on: Sun Jan 21, 2018 - 10:04:08 »

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Re: Macs and malware
« Reply #1 on: Sun Jan 21, 2018 - 11:00:03 »
A sledgehammer.

Try the Gatekeeper.  I refuse to buy Apple products, so use the one listed.

Apple's increase in market share means an increase risk of malware.  No operating system is virus-proof.

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Re: Macs and malware
« Reply #2 on: Sun Jan 21, 2018 - 11:14:46 »
A sledgehammer.



I agree. My two big purchases in the last two years are regrets - MacBook and Ford Escape.  ::frown::
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Try the Gatekeeper.  I refuse to buy Apple products, so use the one listed.

Apple's increase in market share means an increase risk of malware.  No operating system is virus-proof.

Ok, thanks!

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Re: Macs and malware
« Reply #3 on: Sun Jan 21, 2018 - 12:19:48 »
I contacted Apple, and here's what she said-

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Good news is, that is just spam you are getting from AT&T. Usually as long as you have your devices up to date, the chances of getting malware is slim to none but the one option and the only one we suggest outside of updating is using Malwarebytes for Mac.

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Re: Macs and malware
« Reply #4 on: Sun Jan 21, 2018 - 12:45:32 »
I'm not an Apple fan either but I do own them and know them quite well. I would tell AT&T to go fly a kite, if you don't have an issue, don't create one.

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Re: Macs and malware
« Reply #5 on: Sun Jan 21, 2018 - 13:26:19 »
I'm not an Apple fan either but I do own them and know them quite well. I would tell AT&T to go fly a kite, if you don't have an issue, don't create one.

Thanks, Alan. I'm really not having any problems at the moment, so the warning email from AT&T surprised me.

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Re: Macs and malware
« Reply #6 on: Sun Jan 21, 2018 - 23:09:37 »
"AT&T has received information indicating that one or more devices using your Internet connection may be infected with malicious software. Internet traffic consistent with a malware infection (“unknown”) was observed on Jan 20, 2018 at 7:45 AM CST from the IP address (my IP addy) Our records indicate that this IP address was assigned to you at this time."

What a weird message.  Traffic consistent with a malware infection, and yet an "unknown" one.

"... one or more devices using your Internet connection..."

I don't know much about networking.  I wonder if someone nearby is using some of your bandwidth, and the "infected" device is THEIRS.

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Re: Macs and malware
« Reply #7 on: Mon Apr 30, 2018 - 21:14:42 »
I have a couple of Mac Minis.   They are amazingly good as digital photo frames.  Even a mediocre monitor will work great for that purpose.    I use a flash drive for the photos, to minimize hard drive use.   Runs pretty much continously, and I have all my favorite images sequencing all the time.


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Re: Macs and malware
« Reply #8 on: Mon Apr 30, 2018 - 21:20:52 »
I contacted Apple, and here's what she said-

Any sales person or tech support person that says their system is impervious to malware or virus is a person that should be ignored.

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Re: Macs and malware
« Reply #9 on: Tue May 01, 2018 - 07:03:12 »
If you get any notices like this by email, first call the company and verify by phone it is from them. (Good that you did call)

Many virus/malware things enter computers through fraudulently even using the logo's of a good company to get you to open things up so they can enter.

I have run across it a few times.

I have heard of the safety of Macbooks, ( I won't use anything Apple for me) but since there are free protections out there I would consider if it was me




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Re: Macs and malware
« Reply #10 on: Tue May 01, 2018 - 10:59:28 »
I have a couple of Mac Minis.   They are amazingly good as digital photo frames.  Even a mediocre monitor will work great for that purpose.    I use a flash drive for the photos, to minimize hard drive use.   Runs pretty much continously, and I have all my favorite images sequencing all the time.


That's also easily accomplished with a $45 Raspberry Pi