Could this be a virus?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ajgrant, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. ajgrant macrumors member

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    I was using chrome for mac, and on a reputable website when I got the notification that a different website (not the one I was on) wanted to use my location. I declined of course, but was concerned as to why the website wanting to use my location was different from the one I was on.

    Is there anyway something like this could infect my mac? Or is it nothing to worry about?
     
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

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    They can target you with ads based on your location.

    Anyway, there are no viruses for OSX in the wild.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    As mentioned this is not a virus and to date there are no viruses in the wild for OS X. More likely it is tracking/targeting by google. Remember with Chrome, google tracks your usage, just as it scans your emails in gmail to provide you with "target" advertisements.
     
  4. Jatheon macrumors newbie

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  5. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

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    Chrome is spyware and death to battery life. Ditch it.
     

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