2014-01-23 06:45:23 UTC
mail via gmail on her Mac. Well, I hate trying to navigate Mac mail setups
anyhow, but I gave it a fair shake. Seems I was able to send out email from
her gmail account but not get anything back in. Uh, wrong port? Nope.
Trying to send her a message from one of my Yahoo accounts told me all I
needed to know: her account was disabled.
"By any chance was there spam going out from your account?" "Well, all I
remember is that I opened some email and clicked on something that was
supposed to be a greeting card, but it didn't do anything. And then the
next day people told me that they'd gotten email from me telling them to
click on something. I didn't send out any such thing..."
Yup, gmail disabled her account. So, was there malware on her computer?
It's most likely, given that her password is very convoluted and she uses it
only for that account. If she opened another gmail account would her
computer start spamming again?
So, I looked around for some kind of freebie malware scanner for Mac. Since
I don't support Mac unless dragged kicking and screaming, I have no Mac
tools to speak of.
I went to sophos.com since they're one of the few websites I feel I can
trust that also has Mac software available. Had to download the thing 3
times and install it twice before the Mac would run it. Odd. Anyhow, I
started the scan -- 687,000 files. Huh? Even my most packed XP machine has
only about 150,000 files. What on earth are all those other files about?
Well, she bought me a burrito and she and her husband and I sat down to
dinner while Sophos is running in the other room.
Nothing. Sophos reports nothing on her computer.
So, did the Mac OS disable or eliminate what caused the problem the first
time? Is the malware undetectable by Sophos? Who knows?
In the meanwhile, does anybody have any suggestions for Mac anti-malware
tools that are as good as ComboFix, MBam, MS Security Essentials, etc are