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Searching Mac for keyloggers

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#1 Ciarusus


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Posted 22 October 2011 - 02:59 AM

My mother recently bought a Macbook from craigslist. We then used it to purchase xcode, and a bit later two transactions were made in Mexico. This was actually not too far from where we bought the laptop.

From what I've read, remote virus infections are rare, and the real danger is self-installed viruses that are hard to detect. This would make perfect sense in this situation, as there were no other online purchases made with the card. I know this really seems more like a PC forum, but I am wondering if anyone knows anything I can do to search and remove the keylogger, or even where I should go to ask. Thank you for your time.

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#2 AdaY


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Posted 01 November 2011 - 09:30 PM

There are several ways to detect a keylogger on a mac, from simply reviewing the processes running on the computer to using a mac os spy detection program.

Step 1 Open the Activity Monitor to check for unknown process. This system tool will allow you to view the programs (processes) currently running on your computer.

Step 2 Check and Research any unfamiliar processes running in your “Activity Monitor.” Critical system processes sometimes have unrecognizable names, however, and keyloggers may have a name that sounds legitimate.

Step 3 Download and install a mac keylogger detector or another software firewall. This type of mac software alerts you when another program tries to connect to the Internet. It will detect a keylogger for mac before it sends information over the Internet, and allow you to block it.

If you place this topic in the Mac OS, you may get more replies.

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