Questions about possibility of spyware or malware

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  1. pictures macrumors member

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    A friend had some trouble with her website, she was warned away from accessing it as a "site could harm her computer". Turns out it was hijacked for porn.

    Well, when she called me to take a look, I was on my iMac and just entered the web address. I was taken right to the site with no warning about anything harmful. But when I Googled her site I got a warning.

    So, my question is this: Is it possible I picked up some spyware or a trojan or anything bad just by visiting the site?

    I'm reading about this iAntivirus. Would that find anything like that?

    thanks
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    A. There are no viruses for the Mac

    B. A trojan will require you to enter your administrator's password to execute

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    No worries. As long as nothing prompted you for your password, then nothing happened. Your friend's host may have noted the issue as well and deleted the "harmful" content. Safari and Google reference similar list that show when harmful items show up on sites. Once the content is taken care of the site is removed from the list, but Safari and Google may get such an update at different times, which would explain why you didn't get the warning.

    iAntivirus would be able to help determine if you got a trojan, but I'm confident saying you didn't get one from visiting the web site.

    As a side note for your friend, if she knows how her site got hijacked and isn't sure how to remedy it from happening again there a Web Design & Development forum here that she can ask questions in. I'm in there often and have some knowledge about keeping web apps secure, if that's where the issue came from. It may have also come from the server, which the host would need to take care of.
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    ^^^
    A far more eloquent way of expressing my A & B ;)

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  5. pictures thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks!!

    Thanks for your reassurances. We're not sure how she got slammed. Either lax security on her own computer or something from the Flash content on her site, probably.

    Thanks for the heads up on the web design forum, I'll visit there myself.
     

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