Ran ClamSAV virus scan....

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  1. fcamilleri macrumors member

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    Apparently my Imac has 74 viruses.... but they all look like windows viruses (they all end in .exe)

    Don't ask how it happened.

    Anyway, my comp has been feeling kind of sluggish, so is there any way to remove these quickly?

    It seems they're hiding in hidden folders, how do you reveal these?
    Any other recommendations (other than stop downloads.)
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Yes, those would be Windows viruses/files
    They cannot run on OS X

    Just delete them and you will be fine

    They are not slowing your system down because they cannot execute on OS X

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. Wie Gehts macrumors 6502

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    really? thats weird but then again i never used clamxav to do my entire drive....unless i wanted to go for a 5 year long coffee break....unless its much faster now or something....
    i did d/l demos of some fast ones and never found one on my sys......

    however exe keygens (just between you and me *wink wink, nudge nudge*) will sometimes show up as trojans or whatever but they're not

    but even though i'm on the internet alot, i just don't have random exe files all over the place that i wouldn't be aware of d/l'ing in the first place.
     
  4. fcamilleri thread starter macrumors member

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    well I ran it overnight obviously.

    I decided to dedicate the 9 actual viruses found (the rest were things I was messing with) to a collection of sorts, a "Trojan Archive." Bad Idea? It's like a maniacal trophy room.
     
  5. Wie Gehts macrumors 6502

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    Luv it! Damn the torpedoes...full speed ahead! :D
     
  6. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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  7. Wie Gehts macrumors 6502

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    Yeah? :confused: then its confusing for the non geeks likes me

    So is this thing a Mac virus checker, or a windows virus checker for Mac so you don't pass anything into someone elses window environment?

    .............

    ClamXav is a free virus checker for Mac OS X. It uses the tried, tested and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end.

    Back in the days before OS X, the number of viruses which attacked Macintosh users totalled somewhere between about 60 and 80. Today, the number of viruses actively attacking OS X users is...NONE! However, this doesn't mean we should get complacent about checking incoming email attachments or web downloads, for two reasons. Firstly, there's no guarantee that we Mac users will continue to enjoy the status quo, but more importantly, the majority of the computing world use machines running MS Windows, for which an enormous quantity of viruses exist, so we must be vigilant in checking the files we pass on to our friends and colleagues etc.
     
  8. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Yup, it's primary use is to keep a Mac user from propagating a Windows virus unto other Window users. If Mac viruses ever do make it into the wild, ClamXAV will hopefully watch for them too, but since there isn't any currently, it just helps Mac users help Windows users out. iAntivirus on the other hand, can scan for Mac trojans, of which there's a very small handful. It's only confusing because you didn't realize how easy things could be on a Mac ;)
     
  9. i.shaun macrumors 6502a

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    I feel like running clamAV, I wonder how many viruses I've got. Be interesting to know.
     
  10. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    It is free... so run it
    Basically it will identify threats to the Windows OS that might be passed along

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     

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