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maiden82
01-09-2006, 12:27 AM
I need to get here to delete some files and my virus scan says that they could be infected by a virus. How can I get to that file? I tried tinkertoy and automator (but couldn't figure how to use ir out of applications). ANY HELP would be APPRECIATED!!

10039A83.class
APPLE HD/private/tmp/97e-43c196c8-3a589-C9vCoG/
The file contains the macro or PC virus Trojan.ByteVerify

hayne
01-09-2006, 12:38 AM
In Finder, use "Go to Folder" from the "Go" menu and then type in:
/private/tmp

But note that this folder will automatically get emptied when you restart your Mac and I would recommend a restart if you are having any trouble.

maiden82
01-09-2006, 11:51 AM
Thank you for the infomation, but the folders are hidden and how do I get these to show up? A folder keeps flashing every 15-20 sec with a red circle and line through it, and I cannot see what it is because it only stays there for a second.

Hope I can some info on this.
Thanks a lot for helping
CT

hayne
01-09-2006, 12:06 PM
Thank you for the infomation, but the folders are hidden and how do I get these to show up? A folder keeps flashing every 15-20 sec with a red circle and line through it, and I cannot see what it is because it only stays there for a second.


The folders that seem to appear and disappear are probably folders created by some application for temporary use and then deleted soon after. That after all is the purpose of the "/private/tmp" or "/tmp" folder - it is intended only for temporary files/folders needed by applications while they are running.

AsI said before, the /private/tmp folder gets deleted each time you restart your Mac, so if you are concerned about deleting something in there, just restart your Mac. But usually you don't need to worry about it - just ignore the files/folders that are in these temporary folders. There's a reason why Finder doesn't show you these folders by default - they aren't things you usually should be dealing with.

Maybe you want to tell us your higher-level goal.
You mentioned that this was in connection with virus scanning.
Virus scanning on OS X is only useful if you are concerned about passing on a virus-infected attachment in an email message that you are forwarding from someone else. If your virus scanner tells you that an email attachment is infected with a Windows virus, all you need to do is delete that email message using your normal email program.

maiden82
01-09-2006, 11:29 PM
Again, thanks for the help. It says that I have 99 files in there that are virus related. When I run Norton 10 and I click on the hidden files, they are all there. When I shut off and reboot, they are still there. I don't know where I got the files, because over the last two weeks I have downloaded many files. I don't want to pass anything to anybody who owns windows.

Thanks for your time on this Hayne

hayne
01-10-2006, 01:33 AM
It says that I have 99 files in there that are virus related. When I run Norton 10 and I click on the hidden files, they are all there.

What version of OS X do you have?
Norton products don't have a very good reputation on OS X in general, but especially not on Tiger (10.4) where they shouldn't be used at all.

Please launch the "Terminal" application (under /Applications/Utilities) and copy & paste the following commands, press Return, then copy & paste the results back here so we can see:

id
ls -ld /tmp
ls -l /private/tmp
echo ---------------

trumpet_999
01-10-2006, 02:22 AM
Again, thanks for the help. It says that I have 99 files in there that are virus related. When I run Norton 10 and I click on the hidden files, they are all there. When I shut off and reboot, they are still there. I don't know where I got the files, because over the last two weeks I have downloaded many files. I don't want to pass anything to anybody who owns windows.

Thanks for your time on this Hayne

like what hayne said, you need to ditch norton, especially if your on Tiger.

warragul
01-10-2006, 02:51 AM
Seeing all this a person might begin to suspect that an unprincipled software house, having no real MacOSX virus to justify its product, might start pointing an accusing finger at files that are 1. innocuous, 2. inaccessable and 3. temporary. They could do this in the fairly certain knowledge that they have a small chance of being cought out.

Rather like the anti-spyware products on the Windows platform who class a non-Microsoft home page on IE as a hijack attempt (but are blind to Alexa).

Just try to find a list of MacOS virii on Symantec's site.

maiden82
01-10-2006, 10:57 PM
Hi guys, I am running 10.4.3 and I do have Norton #10. I have had no problems as of right now. I have a G4 Power PC 800 Mgh single processor w/ 1.25 RAM.

Hope this helps you out. THANKS


Welcome to Darwin!
Welcome-to-MacLand:~ ChrisTat$ id
uid=501(ChrisTat) gid=501(ChrisTat) groups=501(ChrisTat), 81(appserveradm), 79(appserverusr), 80(admin)
Welcome-to-MacLand:~ ChrisTat$ ls -ld /tmp
lrwxr-xr-x 1 root admin 11 Apr 29 2005 /tmp -> private/tmp
Welcome-to-MacLand:~ ChrisTat$ ls -l /private/tmp
total 21368
-rw------- 1 ChrisTat wheel 10923019 Jan 10 10:30 WebKitPlugInStreamg4sA3U
-rw------- 1 root wheel 4 Jan 10 09:17 com.symantec.NAV_AP_LAUNCH.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 security wheel 0 Jan 10 09:18 cs_cache_lock_92
drwxr-xr-x 3 ChrisTat wheel 102 Jan 10 17:14 hsperfdata_ChrisTat
-rw------- 1 nobody wheel 12 Jan 10 17:14 objc_sharing_ppc_4294967294
-rw------- 1 ChrisTat wheel 84 Jan 10 23:30 objc_sharing_ppc_501
-rw------- 1 security wheel 24 Jan 10 09:17 objc_sharing_ppc_92

hayne
01-10-2006, 11:11 PM
Hi guys, I am running 10.4.3 and I do have Norton #10. I have had no problems as of right now.
You definitely should not use any Norton disk repair software on any Tiger (10.4) system. If you have it installed, you should uninstall it immediately.
The virus checker may be okay - but I wouldn't recommend using it.


Welcome-to-MacLand:~ ChrisTat$ ls -l /private/tmp
total 21368
-rw------- 1 ChrisTat wheel 10923019 Jan 10 10:30 WebKitPlugInStreamg4sA3U
-rw------- 1 root wheel 4 Jan 10 09:17 com.symantec.NAV_AP_LAUNCH.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 security wheel 0 Jan 10 09:18 cs_cache_lock_92
drwxr-xr-x 3 ChrisTat wheel 102 Jan 10 17:14 hsperfdata_ChrisTat
-rw------- 1 nobody wheel 12 Jan 10 17:14 objc_sharing_ppc_4294967294
-rw------- 1 ChrisTat wheel 84 Jan 10 23:30 objc_sharing_ppc_501
-rw------- 1 security wheel 24 Jan 10 09:17 objc_sharing_ppc_92

The above looks quite normal. I don't see the files or folder that you mentioned above. So I guess your problem has been solved already.