First Known Virus -- On a MAC?!?

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  1. bobber205 macrumors 68020

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    I was walking along the halls of the computer science major in my awesome tech college when I happened to notice a tech poster. On that I read the first known virus was a simpe one spread on Apple II floppies whose only purpose was to display a simpe rhythm (hard word to spell) before startup...

    Is this BS? :eek:
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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  3. balamw Moderator

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  4. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    The Apple II is not a Mac, but this sort of virus was quite common on Macs before Mac OS X. They would cause beeps at random times, etc...

    You can download a utility from my website that will find and remove many of these pesky little guys, but it only works if your computer can boot in the Mac OS 9 or below. It will not work in Classic Mode under OS X.
     
  5. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Would make sense. Apple computers were the first commercially available computers which had networking built in...
     
  6. balamw Moderator

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    It's an Apple ][ "virus". The main network available back then was floppy sneakernet as we had only just come out of using cassette tapes.

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  7. risc macrumors 68030

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    Ah... the good old days! :D
     

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