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Check for virus?
Posted by: clyde
Date: May 15, 2018 11:16AM
My iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013, OS 10.13) seems to be working slower. It may have viruses…

What do you recommend as antivirus software?
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Re: Check for virus?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: May 15, 2018 11:19AM
NOT MacKeeper!
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Re: Check for virus?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: May 15, 2018 11:39AM
Why do you think it has a virus? As opposed to adware or crapware or a failing hard drive? Run MalwareBytes and EtreCheck.
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Re: Check for virus?
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: May 15, 2018 11:52AM
What ka jowct wrote. You could also reboot your iMac to force housekeeping of temporary storage and log files.



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Re: Check for virus?
Posted by: modelamac
Date: May 15, 2018 12:02PM
clyde,

Run DetectX and Malware Bits. Then run OmniSweeper to see how full your drive is and what specific folders are larger than needed.

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clyde
My iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013, OS 10.13) seems to be working slower. It may have viruses…

What do you recommend as antivirus software?



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Re: Check for virus?
Posted by: clay
Date: May 15, 2018 01:51PM
download and run the trial version of drivedx to check for disk issues
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Re: Check for virus?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: May 15, 2018 05:13PM
Do you have at least 8 GB of RAM in your iMac? Does it have a standard HD? The consensus is that High Sierra doesn't run well on 4GB of RAM and spinning drives.

EtreCheck will give you a very complete system report that identifies adware and orphaned files and so forth. It can remove some adware. MalwareBytes is also useful, run as needed as opposed to running constantly in the background.

Whatever is slowing the iMac down, it is highly unlikely to be a virus.



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Re: Check for virus?
Posted by: jdc
Date: May 15, 2018 08:28PM
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clyde
My iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013, OS 10.13) seems to be working slower. It may have viruses…

Sounds like something a windows user would say, or a person who is a windows user givng advice.

It cant get something that doesnt exist. Restart. Fixes 99.9999% of things.

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clyde
What do you recommend as antivirus software?

Any version of OS X.



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Re: Check for virus?
Posted by: billb
Date: May 16, 2018 11:29AM
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ka jowct
Why do you think it has a virus? As opposed to adware or crapware or a failing hard drive? Run MalwareBytes and EtreCheck.

An awful lot of people use the term "virus" in lieu of "malware" or any other specific language specific to the task at hand and outside of their daily repertoire.
Why do people who know what is meant refuse to come down off their holier than thou pedestals and just extend a bit of human generosity and help a guy out ?



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