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Fri Jul 6, 2012, 03:49 AM

A few months ago, some one posted a site to run a check for malware...

Any suggestions?
My puter did something really weird tonight when I woke it up-
Long rainbow tubes of light flashed for no more than a second-
but long enough to freak me out and wonder if I should be running a test, just to make sure I wont have a problem
on Monday.
Yikes.

In advance, thanks

BHN

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Reply A few months ago, some one posted a site to run a check for malware... (Original post)
BeHereNow Jul 2012 OP
klook Jul 2012 #1
cbayer Jul 2012 #2
BeHereNow Jul 2012 #3
cbayer Jul 2012 #4
BeHereNow Jul 2012 #5
klook Jul 2012 #6

Response to BeHereNow (Original post)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 09:09 AM

1. Sounds like your video controller may be going bad.

What you're describing likely is unrelated to malware and is probably a hardware problem. That's the symptom I had when the video on my iMac (purchased in 2005) started going bad. It finally got so screwy that I couldn't read the screen at all, and then it went dark. Repair guys told me I'd have to replace the whole motherboard (since the video isn't a separate card on an iMac -- it's integrated into the motherboard). I decided to kiss it goodbye and buy a Mac Pro.

My recommendations would be:
1. Do a thorough backup of your system, especially the files you created. (I hope you do regular backups already, but if not, this is a good time to start!)
2. Take your machine to a repair tech, either Apple or Apple-certified, and get them to check it out.

While you're at it, it wouldn't hurt to check for the DNS Changer malware that's causing so many people's hair to catch on fire:
http://www.dns-ok.us/

More info about that here:
The Virus That Really Will Kill Your PC July 9, Discovery News

Also see:
http://www.dcwg.org/fix/
http://dns-ok.gov.au/information.html

Good luck, and keep us posted!

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Response to BeHereNow (Original post)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 12:09 PM

2. I am using Sophos anti-virus and it's easy to use and install.

It's also free.

I have never had anti-virus software on my macs, but decided to install it when I got my new MacBook Pro.

http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx

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Response to cbayer (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 08:55 AM

3. Thanks cbayer!

I use a Macbook Pro too- so far no problems today.
But I think I will visit the link you provided, jic.

BHN

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Response to BeHereNow (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 12:10 PM

4. I installed and it scans periodically.

FWIW, it has found no problems to date at all.

Good luck.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 11:07 PM

5. Just finished installation! Yay!

Again. Much appreciation!
((((((HUG)))))))))
BHN

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Response to BeHereNow (Original post)

Sat Jul 14, 2012, 03:32 PM

6. Hey, BHN -- just curious... has the virus app solved the problem?

Or are you still seeing the weird screen behavior?

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