[updated]false alarm: new Mac virus!?



It was false alarm

Thanks god, it wasn't virus after all!

I am so glad I could solve it so quickly thanks to James Thomson who has just release DragThing 5.1--another entry about that later.

After a simple restart of "Finder", using DragThing of course ;-), my generic icons have turned back to normal icon.

James explains:

Sometimes, the "IconServices" API gets confused I think and returns the wrong icon.

James think it is a memory corruption problem.

A few mystery still remains ...

  1. the icon

    I haven't seen this icon before and can't figure out where it come from. I thought it might be a virus because it kind of looked evil and malicious ;-)

  2. Excel icon

    even after the restart of Finder, the Excel icon remained as skelton icon. After "Get Info"> choose icon> hit "delete" key, it became normal Excel icon. So the icon was just pasted over the Get info window but by who?

  3. PowerBook not restarted since yesterday?

    James think a simple logout should have also solved this problem. Because I have a AirPort (AirMac) problem, I think I have shutdown my system at least once this morning. I wonder why my icon didn't get back to normal then.

Maybe the answer to 2 & 3 are... I also had a memory corruption problem because I was too busy and sleepy.

Anyway, if you have any icon problem just logout and log back in!


I haven't confirmed this yet.

I am looking for reports and information from others (not by mail but by comments or trackback here).

Since last night, I started to see some skelton-like icons on my desktop as seen below:


I have realized that the generic icon for applications have changed to it. I also saw some documents icons (of Excel) have changed.

Are there anyone else experiencing the same?

Can this be a new virus?

I have been looking at the Activity Monitor but couldn't find any suspicious process yet.

I'd also like to note, I have been testing about a dozen shareware/freeware in past few days (none of them are related to icon management) and machine was left unattended (for few hours) in several places, so this can be a mischief by my colleagues.

Does any one know the origin of this icon?

投稿者名 Nobuyuki Hayashi 林信行 投稿日時 2004年04月09日 | Permalink