Malware on Google

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  1. Shrink macrumors G3

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    I was just doing a Google search, and a "survey" popped up. Asked 4 non-revealing questions (e.g. "Which do you use more" "Google, Chrome, or Both"). I filled in the 4 questions (yes, I'm a dope :eek:) and then I was told that I won a $1,000 gift certificate to K-Mart, or Best Buy, or an Apple iPad.

    Even someone as simple as I figured out that it was a phishing site, or possibly a trojan - I exited Google too fast to find out!

    Just a heads-up :)
     
  2. Huntn macrumors G5

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    A Google Search is not the same thing as being on a Google product. I assume when you search, everything good and bad will pop up. That is why you should use a product like "netcraft toolbar" in Firefox to assist in spotting phishing sites. It would have been interesting to see what kind of info they wanted from you. ;)

    What does it take to get infected by a trojan virus?
     
  3. Shrink thread starter macrumors G3

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    A trojan is not a virus. Macs don't get viruses (where's GGJstudios when I need him :eek:)

    I am far from an expert on this, but my understanding of a trojan is that it is a form of malware that requires the user to invite it in and then open it once downloaded. It doesn't enter the computer unless the user does something to let it in - it can't "sneak in" like a virus. Once in, a trojan doesn't cause damage like a virus might, but it may steal sensitive information.

    Once again, you would do well to do a search on this site for "malware" and "virus" - although all you will get on virus is that there has never been a virus infecting a Mac, ever.
     
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  5. Shrink thread starter macrumors G3

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    Because I came upon malware while searching Google.

    Sorry if it was inappropriate of me to post it.
     
  6. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    It was a rhetorical question; I was being a bit rude.

    But what happened with what you did, it doesn't matter where you did it; Google has nothing to do with it. It could have been Yahoo, Ask, Bing, or whatever.

    Google just provides you with links. Just to be somewhat helpful.
     
  7. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Holly crap, you came upon malware while searching the internet, call the police!
     
  8. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    Insert that meme with the white guy in front of the computer? Here let me find it

    [​IMG]
     
  9. MacNut macrumors Core

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    And you know this how? Any computer can get a virus if the user is stupid. While it might not be as easy to get a virus on a Mac never assume it is impossible.
     
  10. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    As somebody named "MacNut", you really aren't too well read on your mac products are you?

    "Ironyyyy"

    *makes more popcorn and sits back*
     
  11. (marc) macrumors 6502a

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    By definition, a user doesn't have to do anything to get a virus. A user has to be "dumb" to get a trojan. Phishing does not have anything to do with malware (unless the phished info is used to somehow compromise the user's system).
     
  12. MacNut macrumors Core

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    So let me get this straight, you are saying there is no chance ever of a Mac being compromised? I call that nieve.

    Either way not protecting your system will lead to someone else doing bad things to it. Once you connect to the internet you are putting yourself out there.
     
  13. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    Now you're backtracking and changing what I have said.

    Don't put words in my mouth. Address my points exactly as they are written.

    The creation of points that hold no relevance to make you seem like you know something serves no purpose here as well. I'm referring to

    Either way not protecting your system will lead to someone else doing bad things to it. Once you connect to the internet you are putting yourself out there.

    Don't be that guy.
     
  14. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Your main claim is that a Mac can't get a virus is that correct?
     
  15. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    Yep.

    God I thought I'd never say this, Where is that one guy when you need him? He always posts the faq links and stuff.

    Just read around and stop thinking you're right all of the time. Its common knowledge that Macs cannot get viruses.

    Ugh.
     
  16. lbro macrumors 6502a

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    I think Macs can get viruses, it's just that nobody ever bothered to create one since Windows has a much larger user base.
    There are no known viruses that affect Mac OSX in the wild.
     
  17. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    It's a common misconception that Macs can't get viruses. There aren't as many as it's got a much smaller userbase, but there most definitely are viruses for OSX.
     
  18. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    Well since you can't prove a negative. Where are these viruses that Macs can apparently acquire?
     
  19. munkery, Sep 11, 2011
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    munkery macrumors 68020

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    Hypothetically, a Mac can get a virus.

    It would require a remote privilege escalation vulnerability or a local privilege escalation vulnerability to be linked with a remote arbitrary code execution vulnerability to be used to create an exploit.

    This has not happened in the wild against OS X.

    Remote and local privilege escalation vulnerabilities are rare in OS X.

    Earlier versions of Windows only required a remote arbitrary code execution vulnerability to create an exploit to achieve system level access to install malware without user interaction.

    Also, all versions of Windows have a much higher incidence rate of remote and local privilege escalation vulnerabilities to facilitate the development of malware.

    The primary factor causing more malware to exist for Windows is that Windows is a much easier target.

    Many analogous examples show that market share is not the primary cause.

    For example, more malware targets IIS over Apache despite Apache being released earlier and having greater market share.

    All this is explained in more detail in the following posts:

     
  20. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    I don't have a list on hand.
     
  21. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    That's kinda how... our entire justice system is built right? Since I literally cannot prove my point, it's up to you guys to prove yours.

    I just felt like letting this one go as it's completely irrelevant to... well, just about anything, but... yea.
     
  22. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000

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    Man, you are a stubborn one. Seems like you haven't been a Mac user for very long.

    Pirated copies of iWork '09 infecting thousands.

    Mac Defender in 2011.

    Do some research first.
     
  23. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    And see, that's why I didn't even respond. Those are NOT VIRUSES. You are arguing a point for which you don't even know the definition.

    MAC Defender was MALWARE. The iWork pirates? Trojans or malware. Go read up on your terminology please.

    See, this is why I don't like coming here anymore; too many new people who don't know diddly who think that, because they read a few posts, know what they're talking about.

    There's a difference between viruses and malware.

    Which is why I said there were no VIRUSES.
     
  24. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000

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    Alright then.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware

    http://i.word.com/idictionary/Malware
     
  25. ender land macrumors 6502a

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    This is kinda like how my Chrome gave me a huge fuss over a .jpg from a site which apparently has been linked with malware (some cooking website in a "awesome recipies" thread on a different forum hah) and left me wondering... how can a .jpg be a problem?

    Then I started thinking and realized just how bad of a problem it would be IF jpegs could be malware/virus sources/etc :eek:
     

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