Newbie Question About Mac Virus

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Tuned MP5T, Apr 24, 2005.

  1. Tuned MP5T macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2004
    New York City
    Really dumb question how can you tell if you have a virus? Would the Mac just stop working?
  2. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Mac viruses are so rare that it's hard to say. I've never encountered one in a decade. The main clues would be that applications stop working as they normally do (hard for a new Mac user to judge) and that overall processing, especially Internet access, slow down because extra (unauthorized) processing is going on.

    The few security scares that got publicity in the past year were "proof of concept" programs that demonstrated a weakness in Mac OS X security, and Apple promptly closes those holes with easily-installed updates, for which you use the Software Update panel in System Preferences.
  3. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    I think it wouldn't be much different than a PC virus. I wouldn't worry too much about getting a Mac virus. I would say you might want to get a virus scanner anyways. Why? Because if you get an attachment from a PC user and its infected with a virus, and you can unknownly send it out again to another PC user, giving that person the virus. Yeah, not a great way to make friends. Same goes for spyware, don't have to worry too much about it. I'm sure it will be all over the news when the first one that is a real virus or spyware comes out for the Mac.

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