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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

Why does Microsoft Word always come to the foreground on Mac?

For some recent while, probably since updating the OS X Mavericks, Microsoft Word for OS X keeps coming to the foreground on its own when I'm doing other things, as long as a document is open in Word. If I click out to the Finder, Word makes itself the frontmost program. If I click into the browser, Word comes forward. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on May 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Installing Fedora Commons on OS X Mavericks Server

Digital librarians of Metafilter: I am looking for installation and configuration documentation to get Fedora Commons 3.7 up and running on a Mac OS X (Mavericks) server. Surprisingly, my googling has not yet yielded an up-to-date OS X-specific guide. Can anyone point me to such documentation? Or have you installed Fedora Commons on your OS X server, and have any tips? [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Mar 22, 2014 - 1 answer

How to download videos in Safari 7.0 like could be done on Snow Leopard?

I'm all ready to upgrade to Mavericks (OSX 10.9) except for one thing. On Snow Leopard (10.6.8), I am able to open Safari's "Activity window" and see most video files as they're loading there (however, not certain sites like Hulu). From that window, it's an easy Option-Click to download said video file. Safari 7.0 doesn't have this ability. Is there a Safari 7.0 add-on or something that will bring this ability back to Safari? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Nov 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Hope and Change vs Fear and Loathing - going from OSX 10.6.8 to OSX 10.9

What to expect, what to watch out for, does upgrading make sense at this iteration, is it going to be a disappointing hassle or a marvelous new world? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Oct 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Current Mac automatic iTunes rating software.

Looking for software to automatically rate songs in my iTunes library on my Mac (Mountain Lion). I have Autorate, but it hasn't been upgraded in three years and no longer works reliably with my iTunes library as of my upgrade to Mountain Lion. I've also searched Doug's Applescripts and come up dry. Difficulty: large library (18K local songs) + iTunes Match (made no difference with Autorate but has been an issue with other metadata apps).
posted by immlass on Aug 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Photo processing / Flickr toolchain for Mac?

I have a bunch of photos I haven't uploaded to Flickr. Why? Because it's a pain with the tools I have now. I want to be able to color-correct, title, caption, tag, and upload photos from my Mac as fast as possible. [more inside]
posted by tellumo on Feb 28, 2011 - 7 answers

What's the best way to run Internet Explorer in OS X?

What's the best way to run Internet Explorer in OS X? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Dec 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Why Is My External Drive Unexpectedly Mounted?

Recently aded an external drive to my iMac for storage of photo files. It runs off a Firewire 800 port. I also use a Time Capsule. The external drive is mounted overnight via crontab for the daily backup run. When that's done, a script unmounts the drive. This works reliably. The drive, then, should be unmounted the rest of the time. However, the drive is mounted at unexpected and sporadic intervals. The logs reveal that this is usually, but not always, immediately following the unmounting of the Time Capsule after an hourly run. Not on every run, but perhaps on one run per day. In addition, the external drive is sometimes mounted in a way that appears to have no association with the Time Capsule. What's going on?
posted by justcorbly on Nov 18, 2010 - 1 answer

How do I turn a USB 2.0 external drive into a network drive?

How do I create (not mount) network drives in OS X? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Oct 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Re-installing OSX and copying files over from a backup without employing Migration Assistant

Question about re-installing OSX and copying files over from a backup—but without using Migration Assistant. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Aug 27, 2010 - 4 answers

Keeping the RATINGS when moving iTunes stuff to a new Mac

Helping my father re-create iTunes on his new iMac—AND keep all of his song ratings. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on May 24, 2010 - 10 answers

Text Length in InDesign

This seems like it should be simple, but I'm not sure how to search for it: after placing images into an InDesign file, the text flows around it, but it isn't automatically extending the pages at the end of the document to make up for it. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by interrobang on May 11, 2010 - 19 answers

Writer meets arthritis

Mac voice-recognition software for a writer with arthritis. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Options for a small & cheap Mac laptop?

What are my options for a cheap, small Mac laptop? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Oct 2, 2009 - 25 answers

Latency? This. Is. Infiniteloop!

Help me try and fix my mother's weird internet/Mac Mini issue. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jul 3, 2009 - 6 answers

Looking for a printer without the problems of finicky ink.

[MomFilter] Looking for a reasonably cheap, reliable printer (for printing text) for an iMac. Leaning towards laser as the experiences with inkjets have been that bouts of little use lead to still full, yet dry and thus worthless ink cartridges. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Jun 21, 2009 - 21 answers

How do I expand Now Compress archives?

I'm trying to find a way to expand a file that's in an ancient Mac archive format (Now Compress). [more inside]
posted by NewGear on Jun 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Baby got too much back

How can I consolidate all my pictures, music, pdf files, etc. from multiple drives? I have about 10 external drives containing photos and so forth. Different drives contain some duplicates, but the individual drives do not. [more inside]
posted by lukemeister on Mar 2, 2009 - 5 answers

Quicksilver loses track of moved files. Why no?

How can I get Quicksilver to keep track of files that have moved? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Mar 1, 2009 - 4 answers

La Cie external drive failure

Mac, Leopard, La Cie external hard disk drive spins but does not mount. What's my best option for getting data off this drive? [more inside]
posted by gen on Nov 2, 2008 - 21 answers

Waiting for Migration Assistant

I started migration assistant before I knew how long it would take. Am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Oct 17, 2008 - 5 answers

how to post myspace comments to multiple friends on a mac?

is there an application that works on a mac that will allow me to post comments to multiple myspace friends at once? [more inside]
posted by binocularfight on Aug 22, 2008 - 5 answers

How to unzip my iTunes Library backup?

OS X filter: How can I recursively unzip files (in directories that are not zipped)? [more inside]
posted by wheat on Aug 17, 2008 - 6 answers

#@$%!!! Flash!!

Annoyingly specific question about a failed Flash installation on a Mac: [more inside]
posted by serazin on Jul 13, 2008 - 3 answers

Good emulators for OS X Intel?

Please recommend good entertainment console emulators for Mac OS X Intel. [more inside]
posted by NucleophilicAttack on Mar 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Currnet Macintosh OS X vulnerabilities or exploits?

What is the current state of the art in Macintosh OS X vulnerabilities, exploits and other remote security issues? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Feb 3, 2008 - 4 answers

Automator workflows for Excel

Automator as an antidote to Excel tedium. Can you help me get through repetitive tasks with favorite Automator tricks in Leopard? [more inside]
posted by lackutrol on Nov 18, 2007 - 6 answers

Entourage database corrupted

Corrupted Entourage database: what can I do (Mac)? [more inside]
posted by londongeezer on Oct 15, 2007 - 4 answers

Shrinking and JPG'ing images to a certain FILE size?

Wondering if there's a Mac OS X program that I could drop an image file on and tell it "Make me a 'best quality' JPEG out of this that winds up being no more than 10 mb in size". [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Aug 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Is a new iMac enough for a graphic designer?

New iMac: Good enough for a graphic designer? Convince me it isn't. [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic on Aug 8, 2007 - 29 answers

Please help me run OS 9 on my desktop

I'm feeling nostalgic after having gotten this to work, and I was wondering if it's possible to make the OS 9 "Classic Environment" run in a separate window within OSX. [more inside]
posted by interrobang on May 22, 2007 - 7 answers

Learning about old Thai movie theaters

Is there some sort of Mac program that can monitor a web forum and update me when there are new posts? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Mar 31, 2007 - 5 answers

Thumbthing's wrong with my iMac's USB ports

OSXFilter: Because AskMeFi is where all the coolest Mac nerds hang... On my iMac 24", USB thumb drives and memory cards are failing when copying files. The specific symptom is that the file transfer will hang, and the only way to recover is to manually remove the device from the port. [more inside]
posted by baltimore on Jan 3, 2007 - 15 answers

who watches the watchees?

Can anyone recommend easy to install, cross platform monitoring software for Mac OS X - that is, something that would allow a parent, employer or teacher to, from their PC, monitor the screen of a Macintosh? Will remote desktop do this? Is it relatively easy to install?
posted by luriete on Dec 28, 2006 - 13 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

cheap Mac file sharing?

I'm looking for a cheap (or better yet, free) software to run a simple file server in my journalism lab. [more inside]
posted by cccorlew on Dec 10, 2006 - 11 answers

Fix for distorting sound in OS X G4

The sound on my OS X G4 laptop has suddenly become very loud and distorted. Help me make it stop. [more inside]
posted by cccorlew on Nov 14, 2006 - 4 answers

OSXFilter: MySync broken - how to fix it?

OSX SoftwareFilter: How can I fix what MySync did to my Mac mini, and find a new solution to keep my machines in sync? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Oct 28, 2006 - 2 answers

Why doesn't my computer trust me anymore?

Even though I'm the admin, my Mac OS 10.3.9 suddenly wants me to authenticate common actions. What the hell happened? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Oct 12, 2006 - 8 answers

How to crack a disk image

How can I run a dictionary attack against a password-protected disk image file on OS X? [more inside]
posted by alms on Sep 24, 2006 - 16 answers

What is the best graphic design freeware/shareware for OS X?

My 19-year-old step-nephew is going back to community college to study graphic design this fall and he just saved up and bought his first Mac (a MacBook). What are the best shareware/freeware tools for OS X that he should get? [more inside]
posted by persona non grata on Aug 18, 2006 - 23 answers

Help teh SSH nub...

I want to setup an SSH tunnel on OSX, but... [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Aug 10, 2006 - 10 answers

Multiple Mac Migration

Is it possible/advisable/etc. to use Migration Assistant to migrate data to one Mac from more than one Mac? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg on Jul 14, 2006 - 3 answers

How to make this automator action?

Tearing my hair out over automator and applescript. [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on Jun 30, 2006 - 8 answers

No desktop after failed Mac software update

Help me solve my iBook/OS X mini-disaster. No desktop after failed software update. [more inside]
posted by hwestiii on Apr 2, 2006 - 4 answers

How do I reset the settings on Terminal for OS X?

I've managed to screw up Terminal on OS X. I chose File | New Command and checked Run command inside a shell, then with the window active I went to Terminal | Window Settings... and then clicked on Use Settings as Defaults. Ever since then, a File | New Shell will just open a window running the same command as the one that I did the Use Settings as Defaults on. How can I fix this and reset Terminal's configuration? I'm using OS X 10.4.5 on an Intel Mac mini, if it makes a difference.
posted by EatenByAGrue on Mar 15, 2006 - 6 answers

You can never be too rich, too thin or have too much disk space...

You can never be too rich, too thin or have too much disk space... [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Mar 12, 2006 - 10 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

Wierd Mac problem

Mac OS X can't start new programs, or shut down. Long explanation follows. [more inside]
posted by hwestiii on Feb 20, 2006 - 11 answers

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