Virus from YouTube video?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Void5150, May 25, 2015.

  1. Void5150 macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2014
    Hello, I have a MacBook Pro.

    I was just wondering, is it possible to get a virus from watching YouTube videos? I mean directly from watching them. I have Adblock blocking all advertisements.

  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    While it is possible, it is extremely unlikely.
  3. JoEw macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2009
    If you have flash player yes it is very possible, but unlikely.

    Use html5 and Adblock and it's pretty hard to get a virus.
  4. Void5150 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2014
    Is there a way to check if I got a virus? I don't really want to install anti-virus software if I don't have to.

    I'm probably being a bit paranoid, but I haven't noticed any differences on my computer.

    Thanks! :)
  5. Peter Franks macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    London UK
    I'm a bit confused as to why you would ask if you can get a virus from YouTube, unless you were experiencing something that would lead you to believe you have a virus, but then you say, I haven't noticed any differences on my computer.

    So why would you ask, it's a confusing question?

    You can download ClamXav but I've a feeling you don't need to
  6. oldhifi macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2013
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, it's not possible, since there are no OS X viruses to catch. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 12 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing, as described in the following link.
    Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.
  8. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013

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