Is there a virus infecting Macs called Tapsnake?

I'm running  OS X Yosemite 10.10.2
I received an alert that my mac was infected by a virus called Tapsnake and then directed to download a virus removal.
Is this a scam?

BE wary of what was telling you that you,have this virus.
if mackeeper, get rid of it.
google how to remove it.

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    OS X automatically defragments files less than 20 MBs in size, so unless you have a disk full of very large files there's little need for defragmenting the hard drive. As for virus protection there are few if any such animals affecting OS X. You can protect the computer easily using the freeware Open Source virus protection software ClamXAV. Personally I would avoid most commercial anti-virus software because of their potential for causing problems.
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    FinFisher is an extremely high-priced spyware tool marketed to governments and law enforcement agencies. It's very unlikely that your employer would be able to obtain a copy.
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  • Possibility of Virus Infection on Intel Macs w/ Boot Camp/Windoze?

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  • My company requires that I install an anti-virus program on my MAC in order to gain access to our shared drives from home. The IT group suggests I download Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition. Is there reason I shouldn't do this?

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  • Cleaning virus-infected files on external hard drive used for Time Machine

    I am kinda reposting this with some extra explanation since I didn't really get any good respnses on my first post:
    I am running McAfee VirusScan and it locates and cleans virus infected files just fine on my computer, but when it finds infected files on the external hard drive I use for Time Machine backups, it says "Repair Failed". Is there a way to clean infected files on my Time Machine backup drive?
    I had found a virus in several documents on my Mac, which I cleaned, but it seemed to infect a bunch of the files located in Time Machine as well. I know these files shouldn't harm my Mac, but I still don't like having virus infected files. They seem to propagate and I don't want to give them to any of my Windows-using friends.

    Usually (but not always), virus-infected files aren't system-related, so if they cannot be repaired, there should be an option in VirusScan to delete them or quarantine them instead of repairing them. Assuming that you are archiving Mac-related files and not archives of Windows files, then it should certainly be safe to just have VirusScan delete or quarantine them. An alternative is that you could delete them manually. But before you do any of this, be sure to take a look at the filename and its location in the folder hierarchy to make sure that you aren't removing a file that's critical to the operation of some piece of software.
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  • Virus for Macs

    Hi everyone
    Should we be worried about this?
    PS:I found this on CNN
    Apple users may find worm
    Virus spread through instant messaging is the first to attack the Mac OS X platform.
    February 17, 2006: 5:51 AM EST
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A malicious computer worm has been found that targets Apple Computer Inc.'s Mac OS X operating system, believed to be the first such virus aimed specifically at the Mac platform.
    The worm is called OSX/Leap-A, according to a posting on the Web site of antivirus software company Sophos, which said the worm is spread via instant messaging programs.
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    Hi Mario!
    Read these:
    Macworld: News: Leap-A malware: what you need to know
    Macworld: News: Digging deeper into the Leap-A malware
    More links in Ralph Johns (UK) Post.
    ali b

  • How can I clean virus infected files on my Time Machine disk?

    I am running McAfee VirusScan and it locates and cleans virus infected files just fine on my computer, but when it finds infected files on my Time Machine backup drive it says "Repair Failed". Is there a way to clean infected files on my Time Machine backup drive?
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    Keep in mind that it is always in the best interest of the developers of anti-virus software titles that the software constantly "finds" things, even when nothing exists. If you were to purchase anti-virus software, only to find that it does absolutely nothing for months at a time, you will not pay for further updates. I have been using a Mac for many, many years, and I have never run any kind of anti-virus software. I have also never sent a virus to someone else.

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