Java exploits in Mac - how do I get rid of it all?
January 15, 2013 4:06 PM Subscribe
After running Avast, I discovered some infected Java files on my macbook (10.5.8). I deleted them in Avast, but how do I know if I've gotten rid of it all? Is it on my Time Machine back up? Do I need to change my passwords? Do I need to take this to a Genius Bar, or can I fix it myself?
posted by min to computers & internet (3 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have Citrix on my macbook so I can work remotely. This weekend it launched itself and then crashed with a weird gibberish error message. Shortly afterwards, I heard about the new Java exploit. I've since turned off Java. I downloaded and ran Avast, and discovered 10 infected files, all in library/cache/Java. Most of them seem to be connected to gmail, gmerrews, and greader, according to the file names. The infected files were either titled Djewers or marked as a trojan by Avast. I can't seem to find much on google but they appear to be Windows viruses. Here are my questions:
-I used the delete function in Avast, and they're now marked as deleted, but do I need to do anything else to make sure they are gone? Should I just run Avast again? (It crashed the first three times I ran it.)
-Are these bad files on my Time Machine back up (my machine backs up daily), and if so, how do I get rid of them there?
-Do I need to change all my passwords (email, bank, credit card, etc)?
-Is my husband's computer at risk? We share the network and the Time Machine; so far his laptop appears clean.
I am not super computer savvy, but can do simple fixes if they are explained plainly. I googled a lot, but didn't find anything helpful, and I also trust AskMe much more than some random forum. Thank you!