NewB Virus?!?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by boxmetogo, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2004
    im new to macs so i dont really know, but i was talking to a friend and he told me that Macs are hard to get viruses or can't get viruses at all, now is that true? can someone tell me im confuseD? :confused:
  2. macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    there are no viruses that affect Mac OS X oh yeah
  3. macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    This is true; there are currently no viruses (in the wild, anyway) that affect OSX directly.

    You can get infected by Word macro viruses if you exchange Word files with people who aren't careful and aren't careful yourself (saying "no" if Word asks if you want to run Macros), but the worst you'll usually do with those is infect all your own files--I've never seen one that actually did any damage on a Mac.

    You SHOULD always keep up on Apple security updates (set Apple's Software Update to run periodically, which it does by default, and make sure the security fixes get installed), but running antivirus software on a Mac is pointless right now.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Sep 6, 2003
    I think that one hit this forum's server a while ago. :D
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2004
    so what your saying is im fine with the virus problem but i should keep my security settings high and keep on a look out for what?
  6. macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2004
    The big bad BOOGIE MAN :eek: !!

    ...Sorry, couldn't help myself :eek: ! have a Mac. Most of the Crap you had to deal with on those Win Boxes doesn't affect Macs.

    If the machine is set up right, it works like a charm for what seems like .....forever! :D !!

    I'm assuming (?) you do have a Mac. Just enjoy it. Spend a little time "doing stuff" on it and pretty soon you'll be far enough away from the "Evil Empire" :eek: you'll never look back :p !!!

    I wouldn't worry too much about "Security Settings" as much as getting all the "Security Updates" up to date ;) !

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