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Tried to torrent a show, ended up with malware. Help!

Specifically, it's a mplayer virus. It has infected Google Chrome and Firefox, and is showing infuriating pop-up ads and frequently redirecting the browser to ad-like pages. Who knows what else it's doing/stealing/collecting. This may be what I deserve for trying to download some TV, but I need to get rid of it. Running Mac OSX 10.8.5. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on May 18, 2014 - 5 answers

OSX freeze on wake?

After the OSX 10.8.2 update several days ago, my laptop freezes on wake from hibernate (at least, it only does it when it has been asleep for a while). I posted on the Apple support forums here, but no one has responded. There are excerpts from my system log there. Things I've tried: fixing permissions, SMC reset, turning off my gmail calendar updates (I saw a lot of errors in the log having to do with that) but no luck. Any ideas?
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Sep 23, 2012 - 7 answers

FileMaker Pro 11 help, please!

How do I activate web sharing in Filemaker 11 on OSX 10.6.8 [more inside]
posted by tomswift on Sep 9, 2011 - 9 answers

OSX Startup Disc old computer transfers

Can i use the OSX startup disc option to 'move stuff from old computer' more than once? I want to put old imac and old laptop all on my new laptop. [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on May 26, 2011 - 3 answers

How can I fix my Mac's broken Disk Permissions?

Mac OS 10.6.4 - my Disk Permissions are broken. How did this happen, and what do I need to do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Sep 16, 2010 - 3 answers

It's like a tech question and a bad sitcom plot in one!

How do I either recover my Mac OS X password or else get around needing it? [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Dec 24, 2009 - 11 answers

Possibly the most specific -filter in recent memory

GUIDPartitionTableFilter: How can I non-destructively change a partition's filesystem type ID in OS X? [more inside]
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email on Dec 14, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me bring back my wifi!

I'm having wifi troubles with my MacBook, and the lack of connectivity for the weekend gave me the shakes. Help me before the withdrawal gets worse! [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Dec 7, 2009 - 6 answers

How can I tile windows in OS X

How can I easily tile my windows in OS X like I do in MS Windows? [more inside]
posted by creeront on Dec 12, 2008 - 7 answers

Could the fact that iTunes skipping be a sign that I need a new hard drive?

I just got my Macbook back from the Apple Store today after they replaced the logic board on the unit. I've noticed that every song I play in iTunes seems to skip. Finding this odd, I opened up the Activity Monitor and looked at disk usage. It seems like whenever a read to the disk is made, iTunes seems to begin skipping. Furthermore, I have the same problem after trying to play mp3's via mpg123. I'm worried that the skipping could be a sign my hard drive might be failing. I recently installed a brand new 250 GB hard drive from Newegg about a month and a half ago, so I'm somewhat skeptical. Is it a reasonable concern?
posted by phr4gmonk3y on Jun 20, 2008 - 4 answers

Mac Powermac G4 AGP will not boot, can I take the drive and boot using a firewire enclosure on another G5?

Mac Powermac G4 AGP will not boot, can I take the drive and boot using a firewire enclosure on another G5? [more inside]
posted by safepants on May 26, 2008 - 6 answers

Virtualized Network Problems

I'm having network problems with virtualized systems. I have Macs runnig OsX 10.4 with Parallels running XP. At random times, the network fails...kinda [more inside]
posted by nivekraz on Mar 28, 2008 - 9 answers

Folding@Home and nowhere else

I want to run Folding@Home on my MacBook Pro, but I want it to only fold while plugged in. Is there a way I can do this? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Mar 24, 2008 - 6 answers

Should I put Leopard on my G4s?

I'm concerned about making my computers sluggish by "upgrading" them. Should I install Leopard on older G4 Macs? [more inside]
posted by Phatty Lumpkin on Nov 5, 2007 - 9 answers

Help me turn a G4 into a media server

How can I use large ide drives (200GB+) in old powermac G4? [more inside]
posted by sdevans on Oct 17, 2007 - 4 answers

How to learn the Mac OS on the cheap!

How can I learn the Mac OS as inexpensively as possible? [more inside]
posted by covert7 on Jul 2, 2007 - 11 answers

Mac tired of playing games.

What exactly is happening when my mac "gets tired" when playing video games? How do I correct it? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope on Apr 11, 2007 - 9 answers

Itunes is not counting play counts and recently played tracks from my ipods.

Itunes is not counting play counts and recently played tracks from my ipods. [more inside]
posted by rglass on Mar 23, 2007 - 7 answers

Where in the heck is my scrollbar?

My scrollbar has disppeared and won't come back! I'm sure this is a stupid question with a simple answer, but I can't seem to get google to work for me to help answer it. I'm running MS Word on OS X, and my vertical scrollbar on the right hand side disappeared a few weeks ago. I nosed through pretty much every menu looking for a way to bring it back, but I can't seem to find it. It's becoming more than just a minor nuisance. The horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the window appears just fine, it's only vertical that has gone missing. What do I need to do to bring it back?
posted by booknerd on Feb 19, 2007 - 2 answers

What is the easiest way to convert e-mail to tasks or appointments in OSX?

I am considering making the switch to the Mac, and I am wondering how you all convert an e-mail to a task or appointment in OSX. In Outlook, I just drag it to the Calendar or Tasks button (or use one of the ClearContext buttons). I understand this does not work in Entourage. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Dec 13, 2006 - 7 answers

Combination laser pointer + presentation mouse?

Can anyone recommend a wireless presentation clicker/mouse + laser pointer for Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by NucleophilicAttack on Oct 17, 2006 - 11 answers

How do I compile GCC on OS X?

When compiling gcc-3.4.4 on OS X 10.4.5 I get an error about an undefined symbol, _fprintf$LDBLStub. How do I make this go away? [more inside]
posted by mto on Mar 4, 2006 - 7 answers

Switch. And Switch back, you know, whenever you damn well please.

This may be slightly premature, but would it possible to install Windows onto one of the new Macintel platforms and so have an OS X/XP dualbooting machine? [more inside]
posted by Tikirific on Jan 11, 2006 - 20 answers

Can I use my iMac integrated monitor as a MacMini monitor?

Can I use my G4 iMac (the one that has a round base and a swivelly flat monitor) as a monitor/second hard drive for a new mac mini? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Dec 10, 2005 - 10 answers

Where can I find vector representations of the keys on a Apple keyboard?

Where can I find vector representations of the keys on a Apple keyboard? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Oct 5, 2005 - 9 answers

Airport Extender?

WiFilter: I have an Airport base station set up as a WDS, and an AirportExpress set up to extend the wireless network to an outbuilding. Some days the signal in the outbuilding is pretty good, but other days… [more inside]
posted by al_fresco on Sep 26, 2005 - 5 answers

Why isn't OSX recognizing a blank user password?

OSX_Admin_Filter: How do I get OS X 10.4 to allow me to give a blank password to a new user? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Sep 16, 2005 - 5 answers

Can I access my mp3s remotely?

Can I access my files on a Window 2000 machine (at home) from my iBook when travelling? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Sep 10, 2005 - 17 answers

Microsoft Office Keyboard on an iBook

I picked up a very cheap Microsoft Office Keyboard today. It works great on my Windows 2000 machine with the software provided, but the Mac software included on the CD is for OS9, and I want to run it with my KVM switch into my G4 iBook (OSX.4). [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jun 12, 2005 - 4 answers

Why doesn't my mouse mouse?

OS X 10.4 Tiger. My mouse has stopped mousing. [more inside]
posted by renderthis on Jun 10, 2005 - 13 answers

OSX on my PC?

Everyone's seen the news that Apple's moving to Intel processors, right? Does this mean that I will finally be able to install OS X on my PC?
posted by redteam on Jun 6, 2005 - 21 answers

OS X Account Won't Open

All of a sudden my wife's Mac OS X account won't open on our desktop (OS 10.3.9). We put in the password but the login bar just displays the blue and white candy cane bar (it's animated). And then it just hangs. I've tried correcting permissions but it didn't help. Anyone have any suggestions short of deleting the account and starting over?
posted by Taken Outtacontext on May 14, 2005 - 6 answers

How do I convince my Mac to ignore all the wireless networks around it that aren't my own?

How do I convince my Mac to ignore all the wireless networks around it that aren't my own? [more inside]
posted by logovisual on Apr 10, 2005 - 6 answers

OS X software for learning to play the piano

ComputerMusicFilter: Is there a good piece of OS X software for learning to play the piano? I'd like to buy one of those inexpensive USB keyboards and noodle around in GarageBand, but my actualy musical skills are sorely out of practice, and I don't think they're going to just come back to me, either.
posted by symbebekos on Feb 16, 2005 - 3 answers

Mail.app putting line breaks in long URLs. Make it stop!

Mac OS X Mail.app putting annoying line breaks into long URLs. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jragon on Feb 11, 2005 - 3 answers

I can't install Flash Player 7 in Mac OS X (10.3.7).

I can't install Flash Player 7 in Mac OS X (10.3.7). The problem must have something to do with my account, as I created a brand new account and could download and install there with no problem. [+] [more inside]
posted by bevedog on Feb 6, 2005 - 2 answers

Disappearing Cursor on OS X

Disappearing cursor on OS X. Recently my Powerbook's cursor keeps disappearing when I unplug my mouse. It won't reappear (even when I plug the mouse back in) unless I reboot. It's freaking nervewracking. Any ideas?
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Dec 26, 2004 - 12 answers

OS X WebDAV iCal server crashes. How do I restart it?

i'm running webdav on OS X and publishing my ical calendars - but all of a sudden the server seems to be down. is there a way to "relaunch" it?
posted by subpixel on Nov 11, 2004 - 0 answers

help me choose between 2 photo printers

Printers: I am looking at photo printers and have pretty much narrowed it down to the Canon i9900 and the Epson Stylus Photo 2200. Which should I choose? (Output continues inside) [more inside]
posted by TedW on Oct 29, 2004 - 2 answers

Can I force this Lacie firewire drive to format as FAT32?

I've just bought a Lacie 160 gigabyte firewire drive. It's to be plugged into a Windows XP machine, but also to be written to and read by a Mac OSX machine. I want to format it with the FAT32 file system, but Windows won't let me. Is there a way to force the drive to format as FAT32? [More inside...] [more inside]
posted by skylar on Oct 28, 2004 - 5 answers

Why is my OS X menu bar making a "click" noise?

OS X: All of a sudden clicking things on the menu bar of any program makes a SF-like "click" noise. (I checked under sounds in the system preferences and noises from the interface is unchecked.) It happens when I click on the Apple in the top right or the program name and sometimes File. I have not installed any news software. My question is: WTF? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Oct 14, 2004 - 6 answers

nagging quicksilver question

QuickSilverFilter: After purusing this thread on cool Mac OS apps, I decided to try out Quicksilver. I think it's pretty darn spiff, but there's one thing I can't figure out. (MI) [more inside]
posted by hughbot on Oct 3, 2004 - 5 answers

OS X 10.3, older fonts, and unusual glyphs.

OS X 10.3, older fonts, and unusual glyphs [more inside] [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Jul 30, 2004 - 1 answer

eMac Running Panther Hangs on "Waiting for Apple File Services"

Mac OS X:
I have an Emac in the office, running OS X 10.3, it boots, gets to the OS X loading screen, then hangs on "Waiting for Apple File Services", I'm perplexed, offering real gifts for a solution that works... More Inside... [more inside]
posted by Divine_Wino on Jun 22, 2004 - 5 answers

In OS X, the desktop no longer shows up and all programs crash whenever they try to "Save As..."

OS X goes nuts (more inside) [more inside]
posted by inksyndicate on Jun 4, 2004 - 12 answers

Celestia texture bug question and plugin recommendations

Hey, Celestia users. I have a couple of questions about buggy textures, and I want your recommendations for plugins. I am on Celestia for OS X. More inside. [more inside]
posted by brownpau on May 11, 2004 - 4 answers

DVD authoring software?

DVD authoring software? [more inside]
posted by muckster on May 4, 2004 - 7 answers

Recommendations for Windows outlining tool similar to Omni Outliner.

In need of a recommendation for an Windows outlining tool that has the same functionality as the Omni Outliner that ships with Mac OSX? Need to document a software testing plan and can't find a program for the Windows that works as well as Omni does for the Mac. All suggestions are appreciated.
posted by specialk420 on Apr 20, 2004 - 8 answers

Switcher recommendations?

Just made the switch to Mac OS X (12" Powerbook) -- my first Apple. For the Mac crowd -- any "standard build" recommendations? Favorite app, apple script, etc that I should be checking out? Just installed Office, but that's about it so far.....
posted by mmangano on Feb 3, 2004 - 29 answers

How do I remove certain "Favorite Places" from the "Where" dropdown menu in the Save As dialog in Mac OS X?

I swear I looked all over before asking this simple question: How do I remove certain "Favorite Places" from the "Where" dropdown menu in the Save As dialog in Mac OS X? I just don't use certain folders anymore, and I'd rather they not be in the list, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to remove them. [FWIW, I'm currently running 10.2.5].
posted by The Michael The on Jan 30, 2004 - 2 answers

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