Do Macs get viruses?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Broph, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. Broph macrumors 6502

    Broph

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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.
     
  2. spillproof macrumors 68020

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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.
     
  3. Bonch macrumors 6502

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  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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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
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    They CAN, but they DON'T, in today's world.

    This should answer a lot of questions: Mac Virus/Malware Info
     
  6. ARF900 macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  7. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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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.
     

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