Discussion in 'macOS' started by AeroBar, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. AeroBar macrumors 6502a

    Jan 21, 2009

    I read someplace recently that while there are no virus that can affect a Mac, there are trojans.

    Most of my downloads are from iTunes or the odd wallpaper/screensaver on as movie site. But I was just about to download a font from a website that looked respectable.

    How is a person to know what is safe to download?

    Help me kill the sudden paranoia.

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If it's from a reputable site it's probably fine. If something asks you for your password when you weren't expecting it to, don't install it.
  3. dXTC macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    There are some free trojan/antivirus scanners for Mac. Most people use it only to help prevent forwarding a virus to their more susceptible Windows-using friends.

    If the font (or any other package) you downloaded forces you to enter your admin password when opening, I'd be a little wary, and run it through a trojan scanner before giving it a password. The few trojans that work on OS X do so only because the user gives it permission. Without that permission, no installation routine, script, or application will run. (That's why OS X is more virus-resistant than Windows.)
  4. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 21, 2009
    I had a demo for a program last week that asked for me to enter the password :(

    it was called DVD Snap 2.1.1 and I got it here -

    I deleted the program after using it.

    Could this have done something?
  5. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Not likely... looks reputable to me
    There aren't that many trojans floating around out there either

    Just because it asks for a password doesn't mean it is malicious
    Some installations for legitimate software will require the admin password

    Just pay attention where you are getting your downloads and what they are

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  6. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    I make all efforts to only download from the vendors website. Typically someone who is trying to make money from selling a product isn't about to embed a trojan in it; this is done by 3rd parties trying to get something out of you. Example is the iWorks trojan; someone took iWorks, added a trojan, and then put it up for people to download / share.

    Thus downloading from vendors or even Apple themselves is a good idea.

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