Accidentally clicked on a pop up.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by adele123456, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. adele123456 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I've accidentally clicked on a pop up, and it downloaded a .exe file into my mac, it didn't require my password for my mac. I deleted it straight away. Is there any chance of me getting a virus, trojan or malware, and I should I be worried cause I do online banking...
    I'm using snow leopard, btw.
    Thanks :)
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    .exe files cannot run on Mac OS X. They are Windows-only executables. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released 10 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
     
  3. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    As of now, no .exe files will execute on the Mac.

    As stated above, harmless.
     
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