Virus Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jackajesusfreak, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. jackajesusfreak macrumors member

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    New MacBook Pro user. What happens if one does get a virus in an email that is designed for Windows?
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  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    Jack,

    you simply delete the email and dont worry about it. a windows virus cannot infect your mac based system - however you may potentially infect others by resending that email onwards. delete asap and be hassle free :)
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Nothing. You won't even know it's in the e-mail if you don't look, so be careful what you forward along to others.
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    Nothing happens. But the virus can be resent to a Windows computer if you forward the email or thing the virus is in.
     
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  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No Windows app can run in Mac OS X, including Windows malware.

    Mac Virus/Malware Info
     
  7. jackajesusfreak thread starter macrumors member

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    Since it was free I installed IAntivirus just to be safe. Will that program at least identify the virus. Otherwise how will you even know you have one?
     
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    you wont know that you have one, but yes iAntivirus is a pretty good detector and it also does Windows based viruses. a very good idea imo.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    iAntiVirus is bogus. Don't use it. You don't need any antivirus software on your Mac.
     
  10. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    unless you dont care about spreading viruses to others.

    i dont know about you but id rather see possible threats rather then a program thinking they arent
     
  11. jackajesusfreak thread starter macrumors member

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    That's what I figured but GG says it's bogus. Let me see what he means.
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  12. jackajesusfreak thread starter macrumors member

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    Care to elaborate?
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    As I've said before:
    If a Windows user isn't running their own AV, they've got much bigger threats than receiving a virus from a Mac user.
    Read the link. It explains it.
     
  14. jackajesusfreak thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm a lazy reader GG, can you sum it up for me? ;)
     
  15. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    maybe so, maybe not - but id prefer to be notified either way.

    i read the link, and yes of course its their problem if they dont have their own antivirus, however if you take your laptop into a enterprise environment and share the virus amongst others - who do you think they will blame? you... or them... :rolleyes:
     
  16. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Well, if there's an enterprise environment that's running Windows with no antivirus, I'd blame the IT director for being negligent and careless and inept. Besides, how do you think a Mac user would get a virus-infected file? From a Windows user!

    I understand if some want to run AV to try to protect Windows users, but if the Windows users don't have AV, they're going to get infected, no matter what a Mac user does.
     
  17. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i never said that enterprise does not have antivirus - its assumed they do. they would still blame the person who caused the infection though. i know i would.

    the fact that windows users gives us viruses is stupid, because we always argue that we are not effected by windows viruses. so i see that comment as void.
     
  18. jackajesusfreak thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay, so how does that make IAntivirus bogus? (I'm not debating anyone in here about anything, I'm trying to learn about these incredible machines as I just purchased my brother's used Mac Pro.

    Isn't it possible for someone to create a virus that is capable of infecting the Mac operating system?
     
  19. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If the enterprise has AV, then there would be no infection.
    I'm not talking about Mac viruses, which don't exist in today's world. I mean that you can't create a Windows virus on a Mac. In order for a Mac to send a Windows virus to a Windows user, the Mac user must first receive it in an email or IM or some other method from a Windows box. Of course, the Windows virus will have no affect on the Mac.
    Did you read the link I posted about iAntiVirus and their false claims about what is a virus and what isn't?
    Please read the FAQ link I posted. It will answer this and many other questions.
     
  20. simsaladimbamba

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    It is possible, but very unlikely, due to the UNIX foundation and the kernel.

    And how should a software pick something up which does not exist yet?

    I ran AV software every once in a while, even while using the shadier places of the www, like porn sites and torrents and all that beloved stuff, and I am still malware free, due to common sense.




    Maybe this sums it up for you:


    Is there a spoon-feeding button or emoticon here?
     
  21. jackajesusfreak thread starter macrumors member

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    ;) That's what forums are for. To get the 'cut to the chase' answers. If I wanted to get the answers through reading and research, I'd go to Wiki!
     
  22. simsaladimbamba

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    Interesting perspective, though lazy as you admit, as it is evident in your "one sentence" posts (with the exception of one post in here with two sentences).

    Anyway, it is up to you to decide if you want to bog down you Mac using AV software, especially if you don't change that many files with Windows users (ignoring pirating) in a corporate environment.

    I don't use AV software as of right now and seem to not have infected any Windows computers with any viruses, though that may be due to not getting any (common sense again).

    Good luck not reading already available information, as the acquisition of knowledge is never work, rules of acquisition.
     
  23. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Well, if you ask the same questions that others have asked hundreds of times, there are some of us who would rather not type the same answer hundreds of times. If you're not willing to click and read what we've already said, you're on your own. :rolleyes:
     
  24. jackajesusfreak thread starter macrumors member

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    Is there any truth that Windows 7 is their most stable yet? I understand we can run this on the Macs using Boot Camp. We have to have the Windows 7 disk first though, correct?
     
  25. simsaladimbamba

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    "Their"? But yes, if you mean Microsoft. And yes to that last question, see your other thread about this, as we don't want to derail our beloved VIRUS threads with Windows crap, though it is connected somehow.
     

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