Rapidly spreading windows virus

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Killyp, Oct 1, 2006.

  1. Killyp macrumors 68040

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  2. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    So now that Macs run Windows, it goes to follow that apples can be infected as well?? :eek:

    [edit] "death before intel."
     
  3. Killyp thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yes, but only if you are using Windows at the time. OS X is still not affected. :D
     
  4. j26 macrumors 65832

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    *Scratches Parallels off list of potential software buys


    So glad to have left all that behind. Eventually it will catch up with us, I suppose, but the security is nice at the moment.
     
  5. skunk macrumors G4

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    Only on the Windows partition, I believe.
     
  6. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Yeah you gotta understand a WINDOWS virus can only
    affect your Windows partition.

    It can't sneak across the HD to your Mac OSX partition
    although if you share your e-mail across both platforms
    you could end up with more e-mail spam.
     
  7. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    What was Apple thinking!? Apples are officially vulnerable to Virus!:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

    I will buy an antique powermac g5 in four years and have more computer then I know what to do with. Windows sux.
     
  8. N10248 macrumors 6502a

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    it is spreading, 20 mins ago a friend dumped his pc tower at mine with this exact problem, it started sending out msn messages on its own and all these odd files appeared in its c:\ drive and desktop

    ill probly format it for the helll of it anyway.
     
  9. MACDRIVE macrumors 68000

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    Mac OS X is like wearing a steel mesh condom with fur lining. :)
     
  10. Mammoth macrumors 6502a

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    Oh my. My friend has this. And it pissed me off.
     
  11. Silentwave macrumors 68000

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    but it might cause other problems to your HD if it can affect the hardware and so on.
     
  12. XNine macrumors 68040

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    I find it funny how little people actually know about malware.

    Macs have been susceptible to Windows viruses in the past when Windows was installed with VPC. So it's not like this is something new.

    As for viruses damaging the hardware, I've never seen a virus carrying a hammer...
     
  13. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    this makes me glad I have a PPC, and not an intel Mac with boot camp and windows like all of you losers. :p
     
  14. Mammoth macrumors 6502a

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    This makes me glad that I never will need Boot Camp or Parallels. :D
     
  15. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    As long as you put it on inside out, it should be fine.
     
  16. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I got a Windows virus on the first night I installed it. Ah well. I'm just disabling the WiFi connection when in Windows in the future. silly system. silly sausage.
     
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    Only when running Windows (for the 30982^3th time).
     
  19. beatsme macrumors 65816

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    I think what he means is that the virus can corrupt the onboard BIOS in certain hardware, like an ethernet card, for example
     
  20. OutThere macrumors 603

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    My friend told me about a virus that went around way back in the day that killed one of his computers...it somehow corrupted the BIOS and changed a limiter for the processor clock speed...and the processor melted. :eek:
     
  21. 7on macrumors 601

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    good thing Macs use EFI then.
     
  22. Frogurt macrumors member

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    A) Thats not what the poster meant. The BIOS/ROM/Firmware of the ethernet card (e.g.) are different from the system BIOS.

    B)PC's will soon not use system BIOS either. Santa Rosa brings EFI to Intels and all Itanium 64 bit computers use it already. EFI is an Intel designed technology.
     
  23. Killyp thread starter macrumors 68040

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    But won't Windows still need a BIOS? I thought that's basically what boot camp does is emulate a BIOS...
     
  24. Frogurt macrumors member

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    Currently official Windows only supports EFI in server versions running on Itanium systems (which are a separate architecture from x86) but current betas of Vista do support it. In March Microsoft said that Vista itself would support EFI for 64 bit, but not at launch. How that will square with Santa Rosa being released will be interesting, but if Intel is pushing it for their systems, Microsoft won't delay too long. The only reason they don't now is that very few manufactures use EFI. Which is kinda a Catch-22 since no one wants to make a computer without an operating system.
     
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    this board would really benefit from the addition of a "sarcastic" smiley...
     

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