Devestation from Viruses (viri?)?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Jim on the Wall, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. Jim on the Wall macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2007
    I have heard from a friend who works at a computer repair company (that fixes mostly PCs, but they don't necessarily turn down macs) that yes, Macs rarely ever get viruses(viri?) but when they do, it will wipe the hard-drive completely.

    I don't believe him though because he's the only person I've heard this from, although I doubt I'll be getting an unbiased opinion from this forum also (but please answer:) ).

    Is this true?
  2. Aea macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2007
    Denver, Colorado
    rm -rf * from the top directory will do the trick.
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I opened a trojan once as an administrator but I was being reckless. That was social engineering. :D
  4. chaoticbear macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2007
    The plural of "virus" is "viruses". The word "virus" in Latin was a mass noun, so they would have had no need for a plural.

    (I'd never post something like this, but it was in question form in your title, so I didn't feel awful for correcting you :cool:)
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Unbiased opinion right here: No viruses. Short, sweet, and to the point. In seventeen years of using Macs, starting with an Apple ][ (yes, an original Apple ][), I've not had a virus. Granted, the ][ doesn't know the Internet exists, but my LC 575 does. Nothing there. G3 iMac DV: Nope. 17" Core 2 iMac: Same. Rest easy, my friend. There's nothing to worry about.

    Edit: I like the brackets. If it bothers you, it bothers you.
  6. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    Was going to post that myself :).

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