Apple Virus Question...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by eleveneastgate, May 16, 2005.

  1. eleveneastgate macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005
    So my Mom is working with a Mini. She's a computer newbie and sent me an e-mail with an attachment. When I opened it it said:

    Should I be concerned?

    If it is a virus, is there symptoms I should be looking for?

    I also told my Mom to be careful about openning attachments from Asia...
  2. zach macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2003
    Are you on a PC (when receiving that message)?
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Whilst this virus will not affect OSX, it will affect Windows. If the virus is on her computer and is somehow attaching itself to outgoing emails, tell her to do a quick search for w32 or something either with Spotlight or the Finder depending on whether she has Tiger. Delete any suspect results.
  4. eleveneastgate thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005
    Thanks M.J., I'll do that ASAP!

    No, I was on my PB (at work), and she sent it via a Mini (from my Parent's house).

    So, it went:

    Relatives in Asia --->Mom's Mini --->My PB.

    Thanks all for the QUICK reply, I feel a little better --- :D
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    My guess is it's the relatives in Asia (probably running Windows) who have the virus and the Macs have just passed it along the line without directly being affected by it. If this is the case, you don't really need to worry about it, but maybe don't forward the email onto a PC user.

    It's generally very rare (maybe even impossible) for a virus to self-attach itself to emails when running in OSX so your mum's mini is probably fine.
  6. RacerX macrumors 65832

    Aug 2, 2004
    If I was to venture a guess, I would say that someone with a PC who has your mother's e-mail address in their address book has the virus. These viruses use address spoofing to keep the recipients of the e-mail from contacting the actual person with the infected system.

    This most likely has absolutely nothing to do with your mother or her system.

    ... but it is still very unnerving. :eek: I've had this happen to a number of clients, sadly people just don't seem to know about this address spoofing even though it has been part of most viruses for quite some time.
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia

    Perhaps one of the greatest things about OSX is that she doesn't need to worry about attachments. Windows viruses will not run on a Mac. :)

    I think RacerX is probably onto something here. Ask your mum if she actually even ever sent you a message.
  8. snkTab macrumors 6502a


    Nov 13, 2004
    Cincinnati, OH
    your safe
  9. k28 macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2004
    What's wrong with asia?

    What's wrong with asia? i mean, we are on internet world, asia using hotmail as well...belive me nothing wrong with asia ether your relative.
  10. eleveneastgate thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005
    Weird that you mentioned that, she didn't!

    This thing was sent to me Saturday, MAY14th, and my Mom was out of town...

    Hmmm... :confused:
  11. Darwin macrumors 65816


    Jun 2, 2003
    round the corner
    It shouldn't be anything to worry about, I got an e-mail which was addressed from my dad, of course it wasn't from him, the address has properly been taken from another machine or something but as she is using a Mac the problem shouldn't be there
  12. Sly macrumors 6502


    Nov 30, 2003
    Airstrip One
    Leading on from this; when I was running 10.3 I used to run Virex occasionally and 9 times out of 10 it found some viruses once it found 13! These where all PC viruses so I assume dormant on my Mac, but still it was nice to be able to clear them out. With 10.4 Virex does not work, is it possible that I will be passing viruses on to my PC using colleges and customers (Probably the way I get them in the first place?) or will they just sit on my system doing nothing?
  13. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    RacerX wins the prize of being the first to figure this out. Good Call!
  14. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    Unless they're attached to a file that you forward to your coworkers there'll be no problem. They won't infect any uninfected file on your Mac.

    However, even though Macs cannot be infected by PC viruses, forwarding infected files is still one transmission vector people should be aware of. If you're using a Mac within a corporate network, you should run a virus checker.
  15. Balin64 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2002
    In a Mauve Dream

    As has been suggested but not laid out plainly:

    Some owns a PC infected with a virus; it searched the contacts, and sent you an email and made it look like it was from your mom.

    Rest assured, as of today, Mac OS X is not affected by such viruses.

    Tell your Mum she has nothing to worry about.

    This annoys me so much, my co-workers are such morons... every time one of them gets an "email from me" they go ape saying "See, I thought Macs were so secure, and yours just sent me a virus." I stopped explaining: I just say, "Yep, and I will keep sending them until you quit."


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