OK, so antivirus....

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dark knight, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. dark knight macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2008
    i need some advice.

    i know there have been many threads on virus software. pretty much any title you name, someone will tell you its useless and there is no point on a mac anyway. on snow leopard, is this really the case or are these companies selling any protection at all?

    below is why i ask:

    im using snow leopard and have my aol account linked to apple's mail app. just recently its been abused and all my aol contacts have been spammed from my address.
    Is this aol's fault so dump them (have done anyway) or could this be a virus still resident on my mac, and if so which software to buy? aaargghh.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It's just a hacker has invaded your AOL account and used it to spam. It has nothing to do with your Mail app or whether you use Windows or Mac or have virus protection or not.

    A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer. The term "virus" is also commonly but erroneously used to refer to other types of malware, adware, and spyware programs that do not have the reproductive ability.

    From Symantec:
    As of this time, there are NO viruses in the wild that affect current Mac OS X. In the past, there have been a few viruses that ran on older versions of the Mac operating system, but no longer.

    There are, as of this time, trojans that can affect Mac OS X, but these must be downloaded and installed by the user, which involves entering the user's administrator password. Trojans can easily be avoided by the user exercising common sense and caution when installing applications. A common source of trojans is pirated software, typically downloaded from bit torrent sites.
  3. dark knight thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2008

    wow, thanks for the reply. i did suspect this was not the fault of the mac. every technical support you ever call passes blame onto your computer.

    so to summarise anti virus for mac is utterly pointless?
    (and you dont execute trojan's yourself)
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    For protecting your Mac, yes, they're pointless. Not only that, how can an AV program detect a virus that doesn't exist? Some will argue that you should run AV on your Mac to scan for Windows viruses, so you don't inadvertently pass them on to Windows users with whom you share files. (It's possible for you to have a file infected with a Windows virus on your hard drive. However, the virus can't execute in Mac OS X, so it would be completely harmless to you.) That's up to you, but IMHO, Windows users should be protected by their own AV.
  5. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    you probably just needed a harder to decode AOL password or something.

    someone just got your user name and password for AOL it would seem, nothing related to the computer.

    hope it all works out.
  6. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Feb 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    I don't even use AV on my PC, I doubt I am going to need it on a mac. Don't go to random porn sites and you won't have any issues.
  7. Aniketos macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2009
    E-mail issue

    I have an email issue that seems wierd

    I keep getting undeliverable responses for emails that I never sent.

    In addition, the pseudonyms on these faux e-mails are of very strange names, that are attached to my e-mail addie.

    is this a virus? I don't understand the significance...

  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No viruses exist that run on current Macs. (see my earlier post in this thread) Three possibilities are:
    1. Someone hacked your email account and used it to send emails or spam.
    2. Someone spoofed your email address in spam that was sent.
    3. The "undeliverable responses" are hoaxes. In other words, no email was sent from your account and the "response" is really an initial email to you from a spammer. You can verify this by looking in your Sent Items folder to see if emails were really sent.​

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