Help! SW folder??

in Genius Bar edited January 2014

On my startup disk there is a folder named sw. I dont know where it has come from. Inside of that folder is a folder called lib, which includes the following files:

libcrypto.0.9.6.dylib, libcurl.2.0.2.dylib, libcurl.2.dylib, libdl.0.dylib, libssl.0.9.6.dylib

The owner of this folder is system and I cannot remove it. I guess I could remove it with an root account, but I need to know if this is a folder that actually is needed and usually just doesnt show up (should it be invisible?).

So basically my question is what is it, can I remove it or is there a way to make it invisible again.



  • Reply 1 of 16
    elricelric Posts: 230member
    Never seen that, have you installed anything recently?
  • Reply 2 of 16
    The /SW folder comes from the Fink installation. Nothing to worry about

    <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
  • Reply 3 of 16
    jaskejaske Posts: 73member
    That folder is also created by Virex 7.2 . . . reason enough to delete that piece of crap.
  • Reply 4 of 16
    logan calelogan cale Posts: 1,281member
    And if you use fink, DON'T use Virex 7.2.
  • Reply 5 of 16
    jaskejaske Posts: 73member
    Yeah, here's the news from Sourceforge

    " The Virex 7.2 package, currently being distributed free to all .Mac members, has a serious conflict with Fink. Fink users should not install Virex 7.2 under any circumstances. Installing it after Fink is installed will damage your Fink installation; installing it prior to Fink will make it impossible to install Fink without damaging Virex.

    This bug has been reported to Virex's manufacturer. We will keep the Fink community informed about the situation as it develops."
  • Reply 6 of 16
    Thanks to all of you. I have just installed Virex 7.2 so that is all.

  • Reply 7 of 16
    lol...I came in here to start a thread about this exact subject. I look at Genius Bar and..."Holy's not just me!"

    Well that's a relief. I was afraid some weird Trojan Horse got in somehow.

    BTW, WHY does Virex 7.2 do this? Is it because of the new eUpdate feature?

    I nearly rmd'd the damm folder. AI: keeping me from doing dumb things to my Mac since 2002.
  • Reply 8 of 16
    Why do we have virus scan software when there are no Mac OS X viruses? what is it actually doing when it's "scanning?"

  • Reply 9 of 16

    Originally posted by iAmTheSquidThing:

    Why do we have virus scan software when there are no Mac OS X viruses? what is it actually doing when it's "scanning?"

    If you have anything that is infected with an old Classic Mac OS virus or a Windows virus, it will remove those as well.

    Important note: While Windows viruses will never affect Mac OS X directly, if you get files that are infected froma Windows user, you can consider yourself a "carrier". If you send that infected file off to another Windows user, he will then get the virus. So, using Virex is basically just being nice to Windows users, preventing the further spread of their viruses.

    If you never use Classic and you never share files or e-mails with Windows users (or don't care if they get viruses), using Virex would be a waste of time.
  • Reply 10 of 16
    It appeared on my computeur when installing Virex 7.2

    reboot in OS 9 and use Resedit or sometime like it to make this folder invisible.

    When I wanted to do it in OS X, a msg informed me that I did not have pemissions for.
  • Reply 11 of 16
    buonrottobuonrotto Posts: 6,368member
    You can probably log in as root to do it, though you might want to make a copy for posterity (and safety) before you tinker with it too much.
  • Reply 12 of 16
    alcimedesalcimedes Posts: 5,486member

    Classic Mac OS virus or a Windows virus

    are you sure of this? the only reason i ask is that the Mac version of NAV DOES NOT catch PC viruses on a Mac.

  • Reply 13 of 16
    ringoringo Posts: 328member
    I use it with VPC. When I download an .exe it automatically scans it for virii. I'm already a dotMac customer, so it's just a nice feature.
  • Reply 14 of 16

    Originally posted by alcimedes:

    are you sure of this? the only reason i ask is that the Mac version of NAV DOES NOT catch PC viruses on a Mac.

    It caught the Klez and a few other weird Windows viruses that were in my mailbox. So, yeah, I'm pretty sure about this.

    [ 02-10-2003: Message edited by: Brad ]
  • Reply 15 of 16
    frawgzfrawgz Posts: 547member
    Ok, I'm thinking I need to install Fink just to make my life easier (see other thread). Should I just trash Virex and this 'sw' folder?
  • Reply 16 of 16
    Yes, you should delete Virex and the /sw folder before attempting to install fink. You shouldn't really have any serious problems (I think) if you just leave the folder there; fink *should* just overwrite the files with its own.

    Still, to be safe, I'd recommend trashing them both.
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