Possibility of Passing on a virus to a PC

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kman1987, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. kman1987 macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2008
    Hey Everyone,

    I recently made a video using iMovie (and my built in camera) and sent it to a PC friend. When he received it, his computer crashed and he claims I sent him a virus.

    Is that possible?

    I could understand if I forwarded him a file that I downloaded off the net, but a file I created on my mac using iMovie?
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    No, it is nonsense on several levels:
    • There are no MacOS X viruses in the wild.
    • If there were, then the virus would be a be a MacOS X virus. It could not infect a Windows computer.
    • Video editors are not virus development systems.
  3. isethx macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2008
    a virus no. However come to think of it last year I burnt some files made in final cut pro onto a DVD with a mac pro and put that DVD into my dell and it crashed my computer and I mean hard. I hardly could get the thing back on and it did it everytime I tried however the DVD loaded just fine on a number of other macs
  4. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2008
    Yeah I don't think that a Windows user could get a virus just because you sent them a QuickTime movie... However if QuickTime Player itself was infected then that could have exploited their computer.
  5. EV0LUTION macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2008
    If he's using a PC let it die. Tell him to get a mac
  6. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Did he say what program he tried to open the disc with?
  7. kman1987 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2008
    I guess I sent it to him in .m4v and he downloaded a player online to play it.

    thanks isethx, i think that might have been the case.
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Far more likely there is something fishy about the player he downloaded. That kind of thing is a good opportunity for installing viruses and hacks.

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