Question Random words or old searches appearing on my cursor - is it a virus?

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Hi there - I've noticed that whne I scan around with my mouse from my mac book pro lap top - (track pad mouse) that words from previous searches randomly pop up.....or it may just say a friends name from Facebook ....it's really odd. It doesn't only happen when I scan across the tab which one might expect - it happens randomly wherever on the screen and sometimes MONTHS past when I did the original search. Here's an example.....oh I can't seem to insert image from my desktop. It's basically a floating white text box. Any ideas?
 

Cloudy1

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A reinstall will certainly tell you if it is a software or hardware problem I.e., if a reinstall fixes the issue then it was software related, if not then you have a hardware issue.

Before jumping into that though, I am wondering if this might be the "Lookup and data detectors" setting... and I say that somewhat hesitantly as I have very little experience with MAC to be honest.

Worth a shot though IMO so if you wanna give it a whirl:

System Preferences - > Trackpad - > Point and click - > Uncheck Lookup and data detectors.

Crossing my fingers for you whilst I also possibly clutch at straws... a screenshot of the problem would be handy
 
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sudo nmap -sV -Pn --script=http-malware-host 192.168.0.4
use your own ip address. get homebrew and nmap on the mac app store.brew is a command line installer just makes life easier.http://macappstore.org/?s=nmap
 

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sudo chkrootkit

you will need to install rootkit hunter or chkrootkit from the mac app store

http://macappstore.org/?s=chkrootkit running this in a moment myself
sample output:
Checking syslogd'... not infected


Checking
tar'... not infected


Checking tcpd'... not infected


Checking
tcpdump'... not infected


Checking top'... not infected

timed will show as infected due to apple changing how it behaves.


Checking
telnetd'... not found


Checking timed'... INFECTED


Checking
traceroute'... not infected

 
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