How to notice a virus on a mac? Snow leopard?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by longball11, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. longball11 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2009
    I am still unclear of whether there is a virus on a mac or not. But I have looked at porn on my 2007 2.2 ghz black macbook. In case you're wondering and look at it at your own risk, I've only visited one porn site, croc reviews. It plays the videos right on the website, it doesn't have thing downloading and going into the "downloads" section of the dock. Obviously, I regret looking at porn because it just makes me want to buy a new macbook just to be clean and won't be hijacked from personal stuff. But is there a way I can notice there is a virus? performance difference? Space being eaten up? How do I know Im okay?

    My second question is when snow leopard comes out, and the need to install it, is it going to get rid of everything I have on leopard (music, office 2008, etc.)?
  2. windywoo macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    You probably haven't got a virus but you will be going to hell for looking at porn.

    When Snow Leopard comes out it will give you the option to Archive and Install which means it will keep all your settings and documents. A clean install is better though, so when you get Snow Leopard backup all your things manually to a CD or DVD and choose Erase and Install.
  3. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Berklee College of Music
    Viruses do not exist on Macs. That is not to say there is not malware, et cetera, but no viruses. I'd be willing to bet a very large majority of Mac-users look at porn on their devices. If you went to the site and watched a video, you're fine. If you went to a site that popped up and said "you need to installed the DivZ88 codec to play this video" and you did, you might have some malware. Just be cautious, don't download anything shady. You're fine.
  4. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    You cannot get a virus nor an STD from simply looking at porn on the internet. Macs have no viruses. You could potentially get a trojan if you download a codec from a untrustworthy site. So just relax and be cautious when something ask for your user name and password.
  5. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I cannot tell you what a Virus on a Mac looks like cause there are none.

    When Snow Leopard comes out and you install it it will simply upgrade the System Software and not touch anything else. It is utterly painless.
  6. ae3265 macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2009
    But you can get hairy palms!
  7. NathanCH macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2007
    Stockholm, Sweden
  8. u49aa2 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2008
    Between Heaven and Hell
    Very frank and honest OP, lol, the funniest post today :D
  9. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I don't think that will be necessary ;)

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  10. Jisuo macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Haha, sometimes I wonder if people are for real.

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