How can I check if I have a virus problem please?

Staffie

macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 17, 2013
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Please can someone give me some advice as I'm worried I may have
innocently acquired a virus on my macbook pro. Earlier I searched
for Book Forums to get some recommendations for reading. I
clicked on a book forum UK site but judging by the page that loaded
I think it must have been a porn site!!!!! :eek: I quickly clicked off the page
without doing anything else at all as soon as I realised what had happened.
I am fairly new to Mac and have no idea how to check if I have a virus or
been infected in any way.
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
44,439
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Please can someone give me some advice as I'm worried I may have
innocently acquired a virus on my macbook pro. Earlier I searched
for Book Forums to get some recommendations for reading. I
clicked on a book forum UK site but judging by the page that loaded
I think it must have been a porn site!!!!! :eek: I quickly clicked off the page
without doing anything else at all as soon as I realised what had happened.
I am fairly new to Mac and have no idea how to check if I have a virus or
been infected in any way.
You don't have a virus. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 12 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing, as described in the following link.
Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.
 
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