Solved How to run a virus scan on my mac.

March 25, 2015 at 11:37:53
Specs: Macintosh
all i need is assistance to run a free no download virus scan. i think i have a virus because my dock disapeared and the top part of my screen is gone and my screen saver is gone.

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#1
March 25, 2015 at 12:38:48
"run a free no download virus scan"
It's impossible to scan for viruses without downloading something, either on this computer or via another, unless it is already on a disk or a flash drive. A proper virus / malware check requires more than one program because no single one finds all malware types.

Having said that, part of your screen being missing is not the usual symptom of malware or a virus. It could be a screen fault or your display driver (hardware). Can you try an external screen?
EDIT:
Now I've discovered your earlier post I can see why a virus is possible - double posting causes confusion and one or other might get deleted.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
March 25, 2015 at 18:01:26
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Bitdefender and Avast both make freebie versions for Mac OS.

I realise they need to be downloaded - but worth to consider at least?
Avast updates itself at boot up and at intervals thereafter. It slow down the initial access to desktop/apps while doing the first (boot up) update; and may slow things briefly when doing the updates check the rest of the time the system is running. It provides active cover.

Bitdefender only updates when you tell it to scan the system.

I have both on my Mac mini (no conflicts between them); and Bitdefender on my older Macbook pro. Also have Avast on my windows-7 installation, and again it slows down the boot to desktop etc. also I feel it's becoming a bit bloated and resource hog in windows. Avast will also disable outbound email with MS Office\Outlook. So be aware of that irritation.

Trend Micro offer this online freebie - which I use on occasion as a double check if thinking there may be something going on.

http://housecall.trendmicro.com


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#3
March 25, 2015 at 18:10:40
Yeah Trend Micro is a good one but it still downloads - don't they all.

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#4
March 26, 2015 at 02:46:08
True - it is a "mini download". But that download is peanuts in size - more like (my description) a once only use access account, which allows the Trend scanner to do its job. As likely many know, it doesn't install anythung significant in size, and certainly isn't intrusive/harmful.

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#5
March 26, 2015 at 07:38:08
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Yes, totally understood. What I can't understand is this "no download" stipulation and how literally we are supposed to take it. Short of using magic it tends to tie ones hands - maybe skrubble can explain. Nothing the regulars use on here is harmful but viruses certainly are.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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