does my mac have a virus??

Discussion in 'macOS' started by shk718, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. shk718 macrumors 65816

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    I'm on an Apple iMac (intel version) running snow leopard. On feb 16 my yahoo email account was hacked. i found out because i received a mailer.daemon return receipt that an email for a pharmacy that "i" sent out (which i didn't), to everyone of my contacts, couldn't be delivered to some of them. i immediately changed my yahoo password. how did my account get hacked? i thought apples didn't get viruses. or is this a problem on yahoo's side - no one other than me has access to my computer. the day prior i received a weird email from a contact that i'm sure didn't send that said "voice mail from (one of my contacts) i stupidly opened it and it was an mp3 that didn't have a message on it. could i have opened my computer to a virus. thank you for you help.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    No you do not have a virus
    There are not viruses for OSX

    Your email was hacked
    Was it a result of the email you opened?
    Possibly

    Changing your password has probably addressed the issue

    Google email hacks and you likely find your answer
    It is a common problem
     
  3. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Yawn :rolleyes:
    Mac's don't get virus's.

    Sometimes I just think that these forums should auto-lock threads containing the words Mac and Virus in the same post, and just fill the OP's screen with the word "NO!".
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    They don't but that doesn't mean none of your email or Internet accounts won't get hacked
     
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  6. shk718 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    its a really weird password that i don't think anyone could figure out - but obviously thats not the case


    i should reword the title. i've never heard of a mac virus but this seemed really strange and i was wondering if opening the mp3 could have opened something up.
     
  7. drummerlondonw3 macrumors 6502a

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    you need to look into creating a very secure password that is not a name/word and contains punctuation, numbers, capitals and lower case items
     
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  9. kernkraft macrumors 68020

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    If there are no viruses for Mac, then explain these!

    If there are no viruses for Mac, then how come that Apple Stores sell Norton's Antivirus for Mac? Why there is a software called iAntivirus for Mac?

    There might not be a mainstream virus for Mac yet, but it's just a matter of time. Meanwhile, with this attitude, who knows what happens if the first big one will get released...


    BANG!
     
  10. MacDawg macrumors P6

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  11. shk718 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    how come some programs don't ask for the admin password? - when Adium installs an update it never asks me for my password - it asks if i want to download and install but i never have to enter a password.
     
  12. AdamA9 macrumors 6502a

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    Could be a phishing attack. that sent the emails.

    Macs don't get viruses? What about running a virtual PC on a Mac?
     
  13. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    - Macs don't get viruses.

    - Antivirus for mac is sold to the gullible people. Seriously. In very rare cases a university or business may require antivirus on every machine regardless of OS.

    - You can not get a windows virus on a mac.

    - If you have an infected file that you got from someplace and it has a virus on it, it wont do anything to your mac but could infect a windows machine if you transferred it from your mac to a windows machine.

    - What happened to the OP is simply a hacked account. It happens to people all the time. It doesn't matter what OS you are on because it involves the attacker guessing a password.
     
  14. MisterMe macrumors G4

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  15. allan.nyholm macrumors 6502a

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    Would you rather go through an installer. Like a .pkg file for each software update done to your installed applications in the Applications folder?

    There aren't any viruses like you know from the Windows-world.

    I mention a pkg installer because that is the way I am presented with prefpanes and the like that requires password because they install in the /Library/ folder opposite the ~/Library/ folder
     
  16. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    apples and oranges

    Why is there swamp land for sale in Florida?

    Yeah, you're probably right. Anti-virus software needs to be constantly updated. Doing without, as I do, could be disastrous, someday. Maybe we'll have time to get something installed when the news comes that someone has created a virus for Macs.
     

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