Do Macs get viruses?

Broph

macrumors 6502
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Jun 23, 2010
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One theory I've heard is that Macs CAN and DO get viruses, it's just that since 10% of all computers are Macs (around that mark? or is it 5%?)... then hackers/people that make viruses, target the larger audience (Windows).

Do any of you install firewalls/anti-virus software? I don't own a Mac, but I'm considering purchasing one in the future.
 

spillproof

macrumors 68020
Jun 4, 2009
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Do Macs get viruses? - Anything is possible. But there are currently zero out there for Macs. However, Macs can get worms and trojans. There are TONS of threads relating to viruse, worms, and the like all over MR.

Eveyone should use firewalls, but anit-virus software is not necessary.
 

MacDawg

macrumors Core
Mar 20, 2004
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Common sense and safe computing practices are the best "antivirus" for the Mac

Always know what you are installing and only use your Admin password when you are sure
 

ARF900

macrumors 65816
Oct 30, 2009
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They don't get viruses but they do get these things called trojans.

But for a trojan to run you have to give it your admin password.
 

Gregg2

macrumors 603
May 22, 2008
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Macs can get viruses only in the sense that a virus that affects Windows can be passed through. So yes, they can, but they don't get sick from them.