Anti-virus... maybe?

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  1. wchong macrumors 6502

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    well i was going through the internet and u know how some pop ups "scan" your computer and tell you that you have "X" amount of viral infections.

    well i was told by this one pop up that i had 45 infections. do i really need an anti-virus or not?

    mind you, i have only downloaded trusted programs and some music.
     
  2. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    What is funny is that most of the programs that claim to remove viruses that are pop up ads and are kind of bogus, they will claim your machine has 50 or so "viruses" when in reality it has none. They just lie and say that so you will buy their product.
     
  3. Chundles macrumors G4

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    What? Are you using Windows?

    Anything a pop-up tells you is total bollocks - they get gullible people with no knowledge of computers to click on a link and download an "anti-virus" program that installs loads of spyware on your system.

    If you have a Mac, for god's sake turn on blocking of pop-ups and remember that there are no Mac viruses or spyware.
     
  4. wchong thread starter macrumors 6502

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    lol i'm using a mac. that's why i thought it was weird.

    well i did turn on pop up blocker. i don't know why those pop ups aren't blocked.

    could it be safari being all stupid. o well. at least i'm glad that this mac cant' get infected :D

    thanks


    btw, if i download a virus and run it, what's going to happen? maybe mac doesn't open .exe files
     
  5. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Nothing at all.
     
  6. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Haha my friend told me when he was downloading something on limewire (don't even bother to post the pirate song) that a little window in OSX came up and said

    "This file contains a virus. What would you like to do?" And it said "Continue downloading anyway" or "Move virus to trash". Hella funny.
     
  7. wchong thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i didn't know mac osx had a virus scanner
     
  8. Chundles macrumors G4

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    It doesn't.

    The guy's friend most likely saw the Limewire notification that the file he was downloading was corrupted and when relating the story replaced "The file you are downloading is corrupt" with "The file you are downloading is infected" despite the fact that the two words don't mean the same thing.

    It's a notification built-in to Limewire, not OSX.
     
  9. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Well then my friend is full of it. Either that or it was a message from limewire rather than OSX, I just assumed.
     
  10. beatsme macrumors 65816

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    just be careful if you're running Bootcamp/XP. It's likely that an .exe virus that resides on the Mac partition won't get through the partition wall, but you never know.
     
  11. wchong thread starter macrumors 6502

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    lol that'd be hilarious. the virus really wants to infect the windows partition huh?
     
  12. thegreatluke macrumors 6502a

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    If you were running Mac OS X, it wouldn't do anything.

    You'd need to be able to run it for it to do anything, and even if one ran somehow (first Mac virus maybe in twenty years?) it would most likely do nothing to other partitions.
     
  13. beatsme macrumors 65816

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    what I'm getting at is if XP is running on another partition and it somehow issues a call across the partition wall, the virus could wind up launching itself on the XP partition. It's unlikely, but you never can be too careful
     
  14. wchong thread starter macrumors 6502

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    viruses nowadays, getting so sophisticated... bad boy! tsk tsk tsk...
     

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