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Wed, Mar 30, 2011 11:59 pm

System Defender Infection

A user reported that annoying messages kept popping up on his sysetm every few minutes from System Defender stating his system was infected. When I checked his system, I found the rogue anti-spyware/anti-virus software named System Defender on the system. I was able to remove it with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, which has a free version of the software that can be used to remove spyware and viruses. The commercial version will run continually while the free version can be used to manually scan a system.

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Wed, Mar 30, 2011 7:37 pm

Determining File Location for an Alias

Aliases on a Mac OS X system are similar to shortcuts on a Microsoft Windows system. Just as with Windows, you will see a small arrow at the lower left side of an icon when it represents a shortcut/alias. Unlike Microsoft Windows, however OS X will keep track of the location of the original file associated with the alias, so that, if you move the file, the alias still points to the file's current location.

If you need to see the location of a file to which an alias points, right-click on the alias and choose Get Info. You will see the location for the file it points to after Original.

Alias for Parallels PVM file

If the original file has been deleted, when you click on the alias, you will see a message indicating the alias could not be opened, because the original item cannot be found. E.g., in the case of a missing Parallels .pvm file, I saw the following:

OS X Alias Not Found

You have the option to select Fix Alias, which will allow you to search for the original file, but if it has been deleted and can't be recovered from the trash, you won't be able to find it.


  1. How to Use Mac Aliases

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