Did I just mess up my Mac

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by bcorgan19982, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. bcorgan19982 macrumors newbie

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    I received a fake email from Delta Airlines containing a zip attachment with an exe. and other stuff. I wasn't thinking and I opened it on my macbook pro. Turns out this is a serious malware/virus. Do I need to worry about this or is this a windows only problem?
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    You have nothing to worry about. .exe is a Windows only file type. It cannot be processed in OS X. Just delete it and be more careful of what you open in email. :)
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Windows apps, including Windows malware, cannot run on or affect your Mac. Make sure you don't send such emails or attachments to other Windows users, as it could affect them.

    Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.
     
  4. ThatGreekMacGuy macrumors member

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    Really, there's nothing to worry about. All .exe files can only be run on Windows OS. It's like opening a .app file on Windows. Don't worry your Mac didn't even recognize that.
     
  5. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    Except if they are opened in WINE.
     
  6. ThatGreekMacGuy macrumors member

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    Well, that's quite obvious I think. :p
     

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