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

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Staffie, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. Staffie macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  2. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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  3. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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  5. Julien macrumors G3

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    Question: Do you:
    A: Own a PC
    B: Own a Mac

    If you answered B then you don't have a virus problem.;)
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    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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