How Odd...

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by TheMonarch, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. TheMonarch macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2005
    Bay Area
    I recently did an erase and install on my PB, but before that, I backed up all of my data to my PC over my G network [Took a while]...

    Today, after my PC's weekly virus scan™ the Norton Anti-Virus went crazy, finding a ton of viruses on my PC, a total of 12 to be exact...

    All originating from the folder which my PB was backed up on...

    WTF? :confused:

    My PB was backed up on a per-file basis, and not one large disk image. I backed up everything including my Library folder and Apps...

    I don't get it... Anyone know what could be causing this? Why would my PB have viruses in it?
  2. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    Normal email and web use I would assume. The viruses just aren't going to hurt your PB because they aren't effective on Mac's Unix based OS. Some on this forum would suggest having a virus scan program on your Mac just to protect your friends from receiving malicious emails. My ISP filters SPAM and viruses, so I'm pretty fortunate in that regard.
  3. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    I find it funny! I get countless virus emails through one of my old ISP email addresses. Of course, on a mac you can open them, play with them, do anything!

    However, now you've moved them onto you PC, they probably aren't infecting anything because you haven't directly opened them, but they do exist in those files as you can see.

    Best thing is to delete them, as you don't want to contribute to email viruses but as for a threat to your mac, you are very safe!
  4. ShortCutMan macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2005
    Its some Java stuff, because I get that on my PC too, WITHOUT using Java at all! Doesn't seem to do anything though.
  5. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    Macs are like monkeys. They just carry viruses around wherever they go and just keep on eating bananas.
  6. TBi macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2005
    Reminds me of a guy on our local radio station complaining about getting an internet dialer which dialed up some foreign country. I did some nosing around online about it and found out you can only get it on those "naughty" sites or if you are looking for cracked software. Seeing as he was stupid enough to not know he was infected i don't think he was looking for hacked software :) So basically he told everyone he was looking at naughty images :)

    EDIT: Just to avoid a big argument about this, i don't know for certain that this was how the virus came to be on said person's PC but all the information i found pointed to it.
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Geez... you never were tempted to click on one of those banner ads that say "Free iPod" or "Check your machine for viruses" or anything else -- even one of the web pages that you get when you mis-type a domain name and get a ad-spew site rather than the place you were intending?

    Odd to assume that malware distributors would be honest...
  8. TBi macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2005
    I know, i thought of that too. The point is that the country it was calling was used by malware on certain sites. Maybe there were pop ups that linked to these sites but everything i found pointed to those specific sites.

    However, for the sake of not creating a big old argument about this. The person could have gotten the link from any site but it's my belief that it came from certain sites.
  9. xPismo macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2005
    For some reason that made me spit out my drink.

    Nice to know our computers of choice are disease carriers waiting to infect the hapless Wintel box.

  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Well, save your dart gun...Mac users can only be a vector for a virus like this under very unusual circumstances...

    1) You get the virus through .class files from a Java applet because you load a page that has the applet in it.

    2) They stay on the mac until they get deleted from the cache.

    3) End of story.

    That's the normal progression. The virus does not have effect on the Mac, so it can't replicate its code into other files. The class files normally have no reason to ever get off the Mac onto another computer, because they're just crap in the cache.

    The only reason blaskillet ever even detected the virus was because the whole hard disk was copied over to the PC for backup.

    Under normal circumstances Mac users wouldn't contribute to the spread of this virus.

    BTW... so I still don't seem to hear of viruses being spread through .class files... aren't there some protections in place for that? :(
  11. NewbieNerd macrumors 6502a


    Sep 22, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    lol, very amusing analogy.

    Interesting though, this idea of Macs becoming a Windows-virus cesspool. Great to know our Macs can be used as terrorist WMDs...insert into PC network and BAM!

    :cool: Apple 4eva

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