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Is my computer haunted?
5 points by joshbub 1626 days ago | hide | past | web | 2 comments | favorite
curious if anyone here can advise me how to test if my recently purchased macbook is infested with some sort of surveillance muck? and if so, how to rid myself of it? every so often while on line a blank box square appears on my screen, as if snapping a screen grab. also, when i write, the text jumps around. i know i'm paranoid but...isn't paranoid the new "of course people are watching you!"

On the face of this, it looks like some sort of malware, sure enough. I would assume full compromise, wipe and reinstall from trusted read-only media (official install DVDs or somesuch). Make backups before you do that.

If you want to be less paranoid, take this up with the vendor beforehand.

Before you wipe the machine, you should give them something interesting to look at on the other end of your spyware.

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