New HD b/c of virus?!?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by puckhead193, May 1, 2005.

  1. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    My brother thinks he has a virus on his G5. He wants to get a new Hard drive and then install tiger. I told him to back up his stuff, like the music he bought documents etc... He said he isn't going to because he said it could have inffected the music etc. Can this be true... (Of course he didn't back up anything so he would have lost all his bought music.... What should he do? Can the virus or what he thinks is on there inffect all his files... Would running Virex help/clean out his computer...
  2. zach macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2003
    He doesn't have a virus. There are no mac viruses.
  3. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    I think your avatar says it all for your brother :p

    But seriously no viruses
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Whatever your brother's problem is, it's not a virus. Unless we know what symptoms he has, we can't help much.

    However, it is an excellent idea to buy a second hard drive to install Tiger on. Then, he can migrate his data from the old drive and use the old drive as a backup.

    Another point: What does he have to lose by burning backups of his music etc.? If there is no "virus", then he hasn't lost his data. IF there were a virus, then he throws them out and he's out $5 worth of blank CDs...
  5. puckhead193 thread starter macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    He told me that his ichat and isight or whatever has been screwy and he thinks someone put a trogan on it....
    I know there is no virus's on macs but i thought i would throw it out on the table and see what you thought....
    About backing it up, i told hiim that it can't hurt, but he thinks he knows...
    whatever, this thread can go get wasted lol
  6. eleveneastgate macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005
    Tell your Bro. to stop looking at Porn --- ;)

    I'm kidding, I kid ... Seriously, the 2nd HD w/ Tiger is a good idea...

  7. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Dude, iSight is screwey! It's not at all uncommon for them to do things they're not supposed to. Before I got a powered FireWire hub I couldn't even connect my iSight and another FireWire device at the same time without something bad happening.

    Tell your brother to check out the support forums on

    It's not a virus.
  8. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    The iSight/iChat screwiness wouldn't be the Finder and apps crashing each time the iSight is plugged in? Not a kernel panic, just the Finder quitting all apps and restarting

    Mine did this; it flummoxed the Apple Store Genius who eventually recommended trying an Archive and Install since he reckoned one of the system files was corrupted somehow. Sure enough that fixed it.

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