Can I Get a Virus From Downloading Video Via RealPlayer? (was: silly,silly me)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by AeroBar, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. AeroBar macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    At the week-end, I updated my real player and got Real player downloader. It automatically detects video that can be downloaded on on any site you visit.

    Because of the novelty I allowed it to download a few videos from youtube. Have I left myself open to spyware or trojans by downloading from youtube? It wasn't any copyrighted material but silly stuff like those Fail videos.

    please let me know?

    regards

    ps youtube, movie sites ans news websites like BBC and CNN have been all I allowed it to download from.
     
  2. Pixellated macrumors 65816

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    No, all that's on youtube are the videos, getting a virus from Youtube is like getting a virus from Google.com. And also, if you're running a Mac there are hardly any viruses for Mac.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Make that exactly: zero!
     
  4. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the quick response.

    but what about the people who illegally downloaded iLife, etc.

    do you mean that youtube is monitered for such things?

    thanks.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you're referring to the recent trojan, it wasn't iLife; it was iWork. And they didn't download iWork from YouTube; they downloaded pirated copies from bit torrent sites. You can't download software from YouTube.
     
  6. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Torrent sites are used to download pirate software,if your stupid enough to do this,your own as far as this site goes

    Edit,I'm to slow,beaten again
     
  7. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks to everyone.

    I never use torrents, but I had a sudden fear something could have downloaded with the videoes from youtube.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You're thinking of Windows viruses, which can be embedded in videos, music files and many other file types, that activate on Windows simply by opening the file. No viruses exist in the wild that can affect Mac OS X. Trojans are programs that you have to download and install, which includes entering your administrator password. You can't "accidentally" get a trojan; you have to actively install one before it can run. As long as you're careful what you install and where you get it, you'll be fine.
     

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