can email accounts get viruses?

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  1. kingdummkopf macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2012
    didn't really know where to put this as it's a question about my windows laptop.

    i went on a website, and this warning appeared whilst i was on google chrome;


    i am worried about my laptop becoming infected, along with my email account, as i had my gmail account open which i use on mac mail.

    would my email or laptop have caught anything? what does the warning mean? that something has downloaded and chrome is stopping anything else? i don't know.
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Email accounts don't get infected. What gets infected is a message which contains the virus itself. If you are worried, run a scan of your preferred AV software.
  3. kingdummkopf thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2012
    i clicked back to safety anyway, so that page wouldn't have caused a virus or anything to appear? i've scanned my computer and both avg and microsofts anti-malware program have said my computer is clean - so am guessing there's no viruses?

    and i thought email accounts could get viruses? that's why i've been hesitant of using my gmail account since that warning page appeared and gmail was open in another tab.
  4. cerote macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2009
    The security certificate for the site cannot be varified as a vailid certificate.

    Not really your computer but more as in the website not using a vaild certificate.
  5. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    No, it means what it states. If you don't understand try the "Help me understand" link or go to:

    The web server on my NAS also generates such an error. All it means is that the certificate isn't trusted. The site could be fine or it could be infected with malware. The message above doesn't really tell you anything about the site either way. It's just a warning issued since the certificate isn't trusted.

    You weren't connected to the web server, so no. The message is from your browser, not the web server.

    The can convey virii. The account itself doesn't get infected typically.

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