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Offline gobearscal

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Infection in TimeMachine
« on: October 31, 2018, 05:28:13 PM »
Hi, and thanks in advance for your help!  My Mac slowed to practically stopped yesterday, so I found Avast!  After a 17 hour scan, I've deleted one infection, and am not sure what to do about the infection in my TimeMachine (also our WiFi router).

Can I delete just that one file, and the rest of my TimeMachine will be fine? 

Or would it be better to completely erase TimeMachine, and start over with a fresh backup?  I also have my info backed to the Cloud, so that wouldn't be too hard (I think). 

THANKS SO MUCH!

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Re: Infection in TimeMachine
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2018, 06:02:22 PM »
Not realy infections > adware and pup.
PUP = Possible Unwanted Program (wanted for some unwanted for others)


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genieo.com. Genieo Innovation is an Israeli company, specializing in unwanted software which includes advertising and user tracking software, commonly referred to as a potentially unwanted program, adware, privacy-invasive software, grayware, or malware. They are best known for Genieo, an application of this type.



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Re: Infection in TimeMachine
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2018, 12:24:47 AM »
It is common that infections are captured by the Time Machine backup, and you can remove them from there or as stated can recreate a clean backup set. Do note, that if you create a clean backup set you will loose the ability to restore files from the prior dates, but perhaps not an issue as you could use your cloud backup as stated
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Offline gobearscal

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Re: Infection in TimeMachine
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2018, 10:57:58 PM »
THANKS for your help - I deleted the time machine & all is well!  Great service!

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Re: Infection in TimeMachine
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2018, 03:48:07 PM »
Hi. I have a problem similar to the original poster. Although I set my scans not to review Time Machine, Avast did anyway (for ~200 hours! - I'll be fixing that!) and found 1,402 infections and was unable to scan 11,140 files. All of the infections were in Time Machine. I read here that a person can just delete TM, but I really don't want to do that, if that means losing all my backups. Is there a way to clean all the infections in one fell swoop? If not, if I have to put them in the Chest, what's the impact on storage on my hard drive? I'm using Avast Free on a 2009 Macbook Pro. Also, I'm a newbie to Avast, so please keep it simple! :-) Thanks!

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Re: Infection in TimeMachine
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2018, 12:08:18 AM »
CommDoc,

One you remove the Time Machine backup, you can have it create a new backup immediately. You would lose the ability to retrieve files from before the date you reinitialize it but once the new full backup completes you would be protected from that time forward. No need to leave Time Machine off once cleared.

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