How many Mac Viruses are there?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Tragedies, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. Tragedies macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    I'm afraid of getting one and was wondering how many curent known Mac viruses there are, I know there are a few.

    And is there a way to check if my Mac has any? Just being safe...
  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    To answer your second question first, download ClamXAV (freeware).

    To answer your first question: No actual viruses, although there are a couple of basic Trojans out in the wild - so long as you don't enter your admin password every time something asks for it (at least not without knowing that you're installing something reputable), you'll be fine.
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    As a fellow Australian ill give you a little advice. you dont need an AV scanner for Mac OS X. all they do are search for Windows viruses so you dont infect other PCs on you network.

    if you ask me it should be up to the PCs to scan for viruses Mac users. also some AV scanners for Macs do more harm than good as they use way too many resources. if you really want an AV use ClamXav, this would be the only one i would recommend though.

    tersono is right there have been a few trojans that can only install if you provide your admin password in an installer. but there a currently no Mac OS X viruses. my advice is to be safe and be your own AV scanner.

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