OS X and Viruses?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Animation, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. Animation macrumors newbie

    Animation

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    All,

    I'm a very new user to macs and OS X. I'm wondering what the state of affairs is regarding viruses (and trojans and spyware) on OS X?

    Is there a big problem under OS X? Is it more secure than windows 7 etc?

    I'm just wondering because I'm slowly phasing out all of my Windows machines, simply because I've become enamored of OS X and Mac products generally, and the very few games I play are available on the mac.

    Thanks!
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    No viruses for OS X. A forum search will net you lots of threads on malware discussion.
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    MRoogle will give you thousands upon thousands of threads about the non-existent thread of viruses (currently existing and in public circulation) and some malware applications ( a dozen maybe?).



    Also have a look at the following links, as the information presented there might be helpful in your future endeavours into Mac OS X and could clear up initial confusion and may even prevent harm to your system or your files.

    Mac OS X Basics
    Switch 101 - guide with articles made by Apple on how to accustom yourself, after you switched to Mac OS X from Windows​

    Mac 101 - How to get started with Mac OS X​

    Find out how - tutorial videos made by Apple on how to do certain thing in Mac OS X​

    Pro tips - tips made available by Apple for easier ways of doing certain tasks​

    Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts - Learn about common Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts.​

    Mac OS X Beginner's Guide by MacRumors - learn about software, media players, shortcuts and some useful tips, tricks and hints​

    Mac Guides - tutorials, product guides and more​



    MRoogle - a very effective tool to search these fora using Google and made available by edesignuk, introductory threads: 1, 2 and 3

     
  4. Animation thread starter macrumors newbie

    Animation

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    Fair enough. Should I just use common sense and not freak out about it?

    What is MRoogle anyway?

    Also, if I was told by a friend that some mac users use mac client versions of spybot and avast. Does anyone else here do that, and is it worth the effort?

    Thanks!
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Oh, for Pete's sake. Click the link and see for yourself.
     
  6. Xavier macrumors 68020

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    It even stats what it does.

    It has helped me many times that is for sure
     
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    yup just be smart about it - be careful what porn sites you go to ;)

    there are a few anti virus programs etc, Norton has one (just as annoying as the PC version) - iAntiVirus (free) and ClamXav are good too :) IF you want. its good to be cautious.
     
  8. Animation thread starter macrumors newbie

    Animation

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    Yes I like to be cautious. That is why I wanted to know what MRoogle was before I clicked on it. :)

    BTW is there an equivalent to noscript (which I use on my PC in Mozilla) for Safari?

    Thanks for your patience! :)
     
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    nice comeback ;)

    unfortunately i dont think so. you can go to Safari (menu up the top)->Preferences->Security and block a few things there such as cookies, javascript etc. is that what you mean?
     
  10. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You are not the only member of this site. Most people here look out for their fellow members. If MRoogle had been a malicious site, then numerous other members would have raised heck about it.
     

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