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Hawaiiguy's avatar

Is there a way to scan for viruses from in Mac OS X?

Asked by Hawaiiguy (316points) August 25th, 2007

I think i have some kind of bug, I have norton Anti Virus but it didn’t find anything, I heard you can scan from terminal for a more thorough search. I don’t know terminal that well looking for some guidance…

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jrpowell's avatar

I really doubt that a virus is to blame. If you could share some of the symptoms maybe we could start troubleshooting from there.

Hawaiiguy's avatar

My desktop keeps disappearing, and my programs keep stalling, ie.. safari, itunes(that keeps crashing) and i cant actually get Norton to start, keeps quitting?

glial's avatar

Why are you running Norton. That is problem one.

Have your run Onyx or Cocktail lately? and/or repaired permissions?

I promise you don’t have a virus.

Hawaiiguy's avatar

what should I be running? I’m not familiar with onyx or cocktail. Havent changed or repaired permissions.

glial's avatar

Most of us don’t run any anti-virus. There is no need. Never has been.



Choose one of these two applications to run some Unix maintenance on your system.

I personally use Onyx about one ever 3 weeks or so. Under automate check everything and run it. This will clean up your system including repairing permissions.

Cocktail does about the same things; I just prefer Onyx.

Your problems should go away after you restart, which Onyx will prompt you to do.

Hawaiiguy's avatar

will it identify duplicte files? I have a ton as I have backed up to different drives over the years…

glial's avatar

That really isn’t what those applications are for; but I am sure you can look on for an application that does.

jrpowell's avatar

Have you tried creating a new user account? Use that and see if the problem persist. That can help determine if it is a “User” or “System” problem.

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