|May 2, 2012, 01:59 AM||#1|
Help! I clicked on some malicious links
My friend's email account recently got hacked and emails were sent out to all of his contacts with malicious links. Himself and many others have confirmed that the link is some sort of Trojan horse. The links look like this: http ://t.co/9UHqh8PL. DO NOT OPEN!
This hasn't affected my Macbook Air (Snow Leopard) in any way that I can notice. Just wondering if it might have been affected in some way that I'm unable to notice (something subtle). How do I rule this possibility out?
Last edited by OllyW; May 2, 2012 at 03:56 AM. Reason: remover hyperlink
|May 2, 2012, 10:50 AM||#2|
Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 10 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
If you still want to run antivirus for some reason, ClamXav (which is free) is one of the best choices, since it isn't a resource hog, detects both Mac and Windows malware and doesn't run with elevated privileges.
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