Could I have gotten a virus ?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by XPcentric, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. XPcentric macrumors 6502

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    What happened is: I browsed some dodgy websites yesterday evening and something got corrupted with my Mac when I started this morning being at school this time

    - first, the time was set to 0:00
    - could not connect to university VPN when I arrived, (though I used it before) I reinstalled the vpn program and it worked then.
    - now parallels didnt work, ( said smth about missing drivers), reinstalled parallels and now its working.
    - there is only a general folder that is shared between Mac OS and Windows.

    All that I'm using: Windows XP and after I closed XP yesterday, have chosen to revert and not to save the changes, browser used is Firefox with NoScript addon.

    I guess it could have gone worst, if I didnt use the protective measures I did.

    If anyone had similar problems, and if you have any advice. Guess I'll have to scan my Mac, but heard there is not viruses on Mac. I'm a newbie here!
     
  2. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    If by dodgy do you mean seductive? :rolleyes: ;)
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Were you browsing on XP in Parallels or on the Mac side?

    Did you install anything?
     
  4. XPcentric thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was browsing on Mac first trying to watch an asx streaming, interested in CMA Awards, than I found I cant play it and switched to XP Parallels. Then I started to watch more videos, all kinds.

    Its bizarre what happened. Hope it didnt affect other programs. BTW, I'm not afraid of viruses, as long as I can recover my data; not as much such as of spyware and adaware programs, do they exist for a Mac ?

    I think you agree, nobody would want his/her data to be passed on to third parties.
     
  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Nothing that happens in Parallels should affect the Mac side of your computer.

    On which side were the problems? The XP install through Parallels may have gotten a virus, but it can't crossover. (Although it may have deleted/corrupted drivers in XP, which may explain you problem there.)

    And, no, no one wants their data passed on.
     
  6. Nermal Moderator

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    If you had shared folders then the contents of those folders could become infected. If your entire Mac volume was shared then a Windows virus could potentially modify any unprotected Mac OS system file.
     
  7. eXan macrumors 601

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  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Except one that randomly deletes crap when the entire Mac HD is shared - Nermal brought that point up.
     
  9. jbg232 macrumors 65816

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    To be completely accurate, in theory and in labs there are viruses that can cross over but they have never been seen in the wild.
     

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