Virus on my windows partition

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by trev, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. trev macrumors 6502

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    Not that I really care about it because I hardly use windows... but should I be concerned about the security of my files on my Mac OS X Drive?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If it's a virus that indiscriminately deletes/modifies partitions, yes.
     
  3. trev thread starter macrumors 6502

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    They exist? Will it only be an issue if I'm logged into windows (this one seems obvieous to me... yes)?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Remember the days where viruses would delete data and kill your hard drive?

    Sadly, taking over your machine and making it a zombie is the preferred choice today.

    If you don't boot into Windows it can't do anything.
     
  5. Not-a-cliche macrumors regular

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    My way of explaining it:

    You know how a Windows program won't work with Mac OS X? Well, a virus is a Windows program. It hasn't got special powers. It's stuck over there on the Windows partition, and thanks to Microsoft's ineptitude, it can't even see the part of your drive that has Mac OS X on.
     
  6. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    Whether it's affecting OS X or not is not the issue, it's whether it's affecting your computer which it is and you don't know exactly how until you figure out which one it is and which virus it is.
    I would either do a complete wipe of your windows partition and reinstall XP or Vista - whatever you have ( that's the hard way),
    OR I would boot into safe mode, download AVG
    (it's free) and scan your system and delete the virus.
     

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