OSX/OpinionSpy Free Detection + Removal Tool

Discussion in 'SpywareBlaster & Other Forum' started by javacool, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. javacool
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    javacool BrightFort Moderator

    A Mac-specific piece of spyware was uncovered this week.

    Called “OSX/OpinionSpy” or “PremierOpinions”, the spyware is bundled with some free Mac downloads; particularly “free screensavers”. Affected installers are actively being distributed from both 7art-screensavers . com (*do not visit*) and a few popular Mac download sites.

    But there’s happy news for all of our Mac-using friends: we’ve created a small, free utility that will let you instantly detect + (optionally) remove this spyware.

    For more details (and download links for the free tool), please see:

    OSX/OpinionSpy Detection + Removal Tool
    Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6 - Free
    http://blog.javacoolsoftware.com/2010/06/osxopinionspy-free-removal-tool/

    Best regards,

    -Javacool
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2010
  2. Islandgirl45
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    Islandgirl45 Registered Member

    Hi, I just learned about the OSX/OpinionSpy malware this evening and when I looked through my screensaver list I realized I had several screensavers from 7art. I trashed all those, but wonder if my Mac could have been infected by any of them.

    Unfortunately, this is an iMac running OS X 10.4.11 that was supplied by my employer and I'm not at liberty to update it to 10.5 or 10.6, which are required by your removal tool.

    Is there a OSX/OpinionSpy removal program that will work on OS X 10.4?

  3. javacool
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    javacool BrightFort Moderator

    After a few quick tweaks, we were able to build a version of the tool that should run on Mac OS 10.4.11.

    Direct Download Link:
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    (Note: It has only been tested on 10.5 and 10.6, as we do not have a 10.4 machine at the moment. But if it runs on your machine - is it a PPC or Intel-based Mac? - it should function fine.)

    Best regards,

    -Javacool
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2011
  4. Islandgirl45
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    Islandgirl45 Registered Member

    Thank you! This is an Intel iMac running 10.4.11, early 2007 vintage. I'll try out the program and let you know how it does.
  5. Islandgirl45
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    Islandgirl45 Registered Member

    Well, that was quick. It doesn't work on 10.4. I got the attached warning message.

    Warning messge.jpg
  6. javacool
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    javacool BrightFort Moderator

    Thanks for the report - I do believe we've got that fixed. New download below.

    Direct Download Link:
    http://www.javacoolsoftware.net/downloads/OpinionSpy_Removal_Tool_3.zip

    (Technical Details: Although we had specified that the app was compatible with 10.4.11, there is a bug in 10.4.11 itself that causes such a version compatibility check to fail.)

    Best regards,

    -Javacool
  7. Islandgirl45
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    Islandgirl45 Registered Member

    Nope. Still won't run. When I click on the icon to open the application I get this error message:

    Error grapic.jpg
  8. javacool
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    javacool BrightFort Moderator

    Thanks for the update.

    We're working on getting our hands on a 10.4 machine locally so we can test this. I'll keep this thread updated with results.

    Best regards and thanks,

    -Javacool
  9. OscarCin
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    OscarCin Registered Member

    Does OSX/OpinionSpy Free Detection + Removal Tool work with Mac OSX 10.7.3 lion?:cautious:
  10. javacool
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    javacool BrightFort Moderator

    It should indeed work on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. :)

    Best regards,

    -Javacool