Networking a Mac to PC concerns!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by glay, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. glay macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2004
    Hey all!
    I just purchased a powerbook, my first mac! I networked it to my windows pc to copy over files so I could use them on my mac (Documents, Pictures .etc)
    Since my windows pc is probably full of spyware & adware (even though scanners don't detect anything or claim to have cleared them)
    I was wondering if by connecting my mac to a windows pc, could it be possible for viruses, spyware or adware to be transferred to the powerbook via the network cable? Sorry is the question is lame, its just a concern I have. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Nope, the viruses won't run on OSX. It'll be fine.

    The only possible problem is if something accidentally gets transferred from your Mac (where it has been laying dormant) and infects your PC but that's still very unlikely.
  3. pulsewidth947 macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2005
    Just make sure you got up to date antivirus on your PC and you'll be fine.
  4. Cuckoo macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2003
    The Netherlands - Utrecht
    You're pretty safe.

    Since it's impossible to run windows code <try and start an setup.exe and see wat happens>. And a virus is just like any other program, some executable code, so it just won't run.

    Your mail client is different from outlook, and doens't have all the security holes.
    Your web browser is different from ie, and doesn't ahve all the security holes.

    You're pretty safe. Although you should never just open and start programs, let alone never ever enter your admin password without knowing why, but that's just common sense....

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