Mac mail virus

Mar 11, 2019 6:13PM PDT

I have what I believe is a virus that is affecting my email. I have Mac Pro with the latest OS. I have been receiving email that appears to be corrupt in that mostly random characters. But within that, there is excerpts from other emails; other emails from a different sender.
Any suggestions?

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More likely just some spammer.
Mar 11, 2019 6:39PM PDT

The issue has yet to be a virus on an Apple OS machine. If you want to explore more I'd head to Bleeping Computer but NEVER open email from folk you don't expect email from. Spam and "bad emails" account for about 1/2 of the 370 billion emails sent every day.

Delete them. Do not open, do not follow their instructions. has some anti-malware but for over a decade, I've yet to have a client show me an Apple OS virus.

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Mac mail virus
Mar 11, 2019 7:22PM PDT

A rather simplistic answer. These emails are from sources I know. Generally I will receive an email from both sources and may or may not delete them as the case may be. Later I will receive another email from one of the sources and the contents are as described. I tried attaching a screen shot but that doesn't appear to be an option.

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Screen shots.
Mar 11, 2019 7:26PM PDT

I post them on or an image site and share a link here.

After years of "My Apple has a virus" we have yet to see one. If it was a virus it would not be so targeted. What's more likely is the senders are on Windows and sending messed up emails or attachments that are binary. has other tools if you believe it's a virus but today I see some malware, bad web browser addons but no virus. This can really irk a client that wants it to be a virus and not something else.

You can scan with the Apple version of MalwareBytes for the malware but virus? You'd be one of the few. My bet is it's somewhere else like a sender that has an infected PC.

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PS. Tests.
Mar 11, 2019 8:07PM PDT

Shut down the Apple then on a phone or other computer head to the web mail for your email.
For Gmail it's at

Now have a look at the messages there and have a new message sent. Usually it's messed up there as well which tells us it's the sender or a bum email server.

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