26 viruses on it!?!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cjm3113, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. cjm3113 macrumors 6502

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    Okay so there is a Windows/Apple debate going on another forum I regular. I am not even taking part in the argument, but this one comment stood out to me.

    I know there has been a lot of talk about viruses, or the lack their of on OSX. We all heard all about the first one on iChat, and sure their existence is possible, but is this guy who claims to be an IT specialist full of ****?
     
  2. nomar383 macrumors 65816

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    Any "virus" I've seen on OS X requires you to input your admin password. Anyone could write one if a user is dumb enough to give away their password
     
  3. cjm3113 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Exactly, if you are using the computer and trying to put some garbage on it then obviously you shall succeed.
     
  4. DJ567 macrumors regular

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    sound like he either:
    had every mac os x virus ever made,
    was a ye olde mac running OS 9 or lower in which case it would still prob be every mac virus every made,
    it was running windows or it was just full of windows viruses
    OR he used some cheap piece of software that told him he had loads of viruses to make him feel like it was worth paying for (is that not philosophy of norton antivirus)

    as in 3 years of macs i've never had a virus not even the simple please give me ur password type viruses maybe i just dont go on the right websites for em lol, altho incidentally since i got windows vista on release day i havent got any on that ever either (i only got them on xp and earlier)
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    There are no viruses for OS X.

    There are trojans.

    There are no viruses.

    The man lied.
     
  6. cjm3113 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The lying was understood. The question was more about is he exaggerating or just talking completely out of his ass.
     
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Completely out of. He didn't get any viruses. He's either lying about getting them, or he is a complete, bumbling imbecile and doesn't know what a virus is.

    He probably found 26 errors repairing permissions in Disk Utility. :D
     
  8. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Post the link to the thread. I'd like to see it. :D
     
  9. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    It's total BS. I had to clean a Mac up a couple months ago that had no less than 26 viruses on it.

    See, he probably cleaned someone's Macbook running XP. So his statement isn't necessarily far fetched.
     
  10. cjm3113 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I would, but it was just deleted. I was actually surprised it lasted as long as it did.

    Ha, that was my first thought as well.
     
  11. marbles macrumors 68000

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    +1, anyone fancy a trip over their for a laugh :D
     
  12. lostngone macrumors demi-god

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    Leap-A?

    Did Leap-A require admin password to start or did you just have to accept the file transfer in iChat for it to start replicating to everyone in your ichat user list?
     
  13. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    It is possible than a scan with ClamX AV found 26 windows viruses sitting dormant on the drive.
     
  14. swb1192 macrumors 6502

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    What about the iWork '09 torrent trojan?
     
  15. nomar383 macrumors 65816

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    He said there ARE trojans
     
  16. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Do you really think that contradicts what Tallest Skil said? (hint, read what you quoted)
     
  17. és: macrumors 6502a

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    He probably did have 26 viruses. Windows viruses.

    As has been said before... there are not viruses for Mac OS X. There are less than a handful of very, very, very rare lame ass trojans, but you'd do well to get one of those and even then, then are so lame that it's not really a problem.
     
  18. vansouza macrumors 68000

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    Nothing to see here... move on... if he found 26 viruses it was in email from a Win user and did not affect the Mac OS...
     
  19. swb1192 macrumors 6502

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    Teehee. I guess I can't read.

    I'm a product of US public schools. What do you expect? ;)
     
  20. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    IIRC you have to accept the transfer, decompress the file, and run the executable. I don't think that it requires your admin password though, since it manipulates iChat using the current user account.

    Not sure on that though, as it's been a long time since I've messed with Leap.
     

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