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Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:38 am

So I was browsing Encyclopedia Dramatica (<3) on my friend's MacBook for some late-night lulz. I was reading the transcript of a troll raid on an Autism chatroom when one of said trolls dropped this link: (DO NOT CLICK)

So without thinking, I clicked. I thought it would just be some site mocking people with disabilities, and/or sick images. MacBook goes bananas: Safari, Mail, iChat, everything starts spamming windows and command prompts and crap. I thought I had a good handle on memes and troll culture but somehow I'd never heard of

TLDR, what can I do to make sure my friend's Mac isn't infected with malware? I don't own a Mac for reasons which should be familiar to any PC enthusiast/gamer, so I don't even know where to start here. I even posted this from my desktop lest my TR account be picked up by possible malware.

Again, this thing isn't even mine so I need to make sure it's clean, and quick. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Malware?

Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:42 am

My only suggestion would be to try the online virus scanners (I use the "avast" online scanner, but im not sure if it's mac compatible).

PS: being an occasional sentence structure nazi, I think it might be wise to put the "Do not click" before rather than after the link. Any link put up on TR is usually clicked on :P. Alternatively have a spoiler blackout thing.
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Re: Malware?

Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:19 am

Heh. IIRC, nimp (AKA Last Measure) just abuses Javascript like crazy in an effort to be as annoying as possible, and to make it hard to close out the browser so you don't see the shock images anymore. Does it still play a WAV that says "hey everybody, I'm looking at gay porno!"?

You could try ClamXAV. It's the only free antivirus for Macs that I'm aware of. Not especially good by the standards of Windows AV programs, though.
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