Possibility of Passing on a virus to a PC

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

  1. kman1987 macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    Did he say what program he tried to open the disc with?
     
  7. kman1987 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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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