Possible virus, help!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mike97208, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. mike97208 macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2008
    A couple of days ago I was on a website that offered the free downloading of books in PDF format. I downloaded a book to my 2-year old MacBook (first with Santa Rosa chip) and copied it to my First Gen. iPod Touch using GoodReaderUSB.

    After I copied it I looked down and happened to see a couple of comments by others who downloaded the book warning that the file contained a virus. I have not yet backed up to my external HD.

    What should I do? How can I check for a virus? Can I safely back up my laptop to my external without ruining the external?

  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    File is likely infected, but chance that Preview wouldn't do anything with the Windows virus.

    You're file is a carrier, but likely you didn't get an active infection opening it.

    Just e-mail it to a Windows user to spread the pain.


    If you never entered your password to install the virus like a DNS trojan, you should be fine by simply deleting the file.
  3. scottness macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2009
    Room 101
    You should be ok. Not sure I'd be vindictive enough to send to my Windows using friends... Erase it.
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    There is no virus for OSX. There is no virus for iPod touch.

    No matter what kind of file it is, there will always be someone who will say it contains a virus.

    If it's a questionable site, then anything can happen. You should go to reputable sites, aka buy the content.
  5. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Its only a matter of time before someone's screen cracks and they ask here 'is it a virus?".
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    If they did I'd probably say it is herpes, and to stop visiting those darn porn sites.

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