I think I might be getting a virus... Image attached...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Euro-Canadian, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Euro-Canadian macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2010
    So, I was on google and once I cliked one of the sites which seamed reasonable to me as it said "WestJet - Organisational Structure" my firefox closed and this is what appeared on the screen.

    I am still keeping it open as I am scared to press ok. Similar thing happened to me last week and my harddrive died the next day and I lost all my school work (I don't know if it was related or not)

    I am trying to close the Firefox (without pressing ok) and it will not close.
    I try to uninstall it, but it doesnt work as I still have it open.

    Any suggestions would be appretiated on what do do as I am not that experienced with Mac Computers and am scared of this annoying pop up.

    Thank You

  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    You don't have a virus.

    What you're seeing is a scam website trying to trick you into thinking that you have a virus. Just force quit Firefox (Apple menu > Force Quit) and you'll be fine.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    This should be your first clue to the fact that this is a scam:
    "Windows Security" has nothing to do with Mac OS X.
  4. flipster macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2010
    lol at "Windows security". Glad you have a mac now, huh?
  5. stev3n macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2010
    I was on a website and one of those messages popped up and then auto-downloaded some .exe files to my comp. I'm so happy I don't use a PC. :cool:
  6. Euro-Canadian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2010
    THANK YOU!!! I didn't know about force quit until now.

    Yeah, I saw windows security, but I was too scared to do anything since my hard drive died last week. (probably not related, but it freaked me out)
  7. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    those "Windows Security" pranksters ... always up to no good the little buggers
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    ...amusing thread title. You either have a computer virus or you don't. On your Mac, you most certainly do not, as none presently exist.

    I suppose your immune system doesn't let you know you're getting a virus either. By the time you're alerted, you already have it.
  9. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    I wouldn't go so far as to say none exist...
  10. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    I would. So would anyone else who did any research on the issue. There are a handful of trojans, which require the user to install them and provide their password, but no viruses. Not even any other type of malware that I'm aware of. Just trojans, which don't even remotely fall into the same category, nor did they really do anything significant.

    As noted, the OP's problem is simply a spam popup from a website.

  11. GGJstudios, Feb 24, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2011

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Name one. While you're trying to think of one, read the link I posted in post #3.
  12. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I suppose you could have a virus on your Mac if someone sneezed on it and you touched the wet spot and then touched your nose. This is the only current way to have a virus on a Mac.
  13. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    Parallels, VMWare, Virtualbox and Bootcamp are ways you can get a virus on your Mac...

    ...By running windows on it! :p

    Now who would want to go and do a thing like that? :eek:

    Still there are some malware protection products available for OS X (Sophos and Clamxav are two free ones). Their main purpose is to spot windows viruses in emails you are forwarding so you don't unknowingly pass them on to your windows using friends.
  14. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea

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