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strange characters in trash imac 20" Leopard 10.5.8

by jingo2468 / October 15, 2009 1:38 AM PDT

When I empty my trash there remains a string $ $ $ o $ $ . o $
as shown ,it is empty and apparently does nothing ,but it bugs me to know its there
I have emptied the trash with Cocktail, but it continues to happen

any ideas?
could it be malware



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Probably nothing
by Jimmy Greystone / October 15, 2009 1:45 AM PDT

Probably nothing. My guess would be that this is something to do with the Unix backend of OS X, and it might well be a byproduct of the app you're using.

It's been a while since I've needed to do this, so you'll probably want to doublecheck the exact syntax of the command, but give this a shot.

Open up a terminal window, and type in (without quotes) "rm -f ~/Trashes/*"

Basically, I just forget where it is the Trash folder links to in the filesystem. I'm pretty sure it's ~/Trashes but I can't remember for certain. If I had a Mac handy, I'd just probe the filesystem myself, but I don't at the moment.

Malware is possible, but highly unlikely on a Mac. There are a few proof of concept malware attack vectors for Safari, and by extension the Dashboard, but so far as I know, no one has ever actively exploited them.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2009 1:48 AM PDT
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