Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by 4gotten soldier, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. 4gotten soldier macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2007
    hey all

    i was on for the past few days.(everything has been clean in my stumbles) today, i was reading an article and all of the sudden my mac went int virus scan mode.

    however, it was the virus scan mode for a PC, complete with all the PC icons and even box

    i clicked out of it, because i didnt want to chance opening anything bad.

    i did some research, and everything i found said there shouldnt be any viruses for macs

    i just want to be extra safe, is there anything i can do to check for viruses?

    i would prefer to not download anything, and if i must, i would prefer not to pay.

  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Umm...there are no known viruses for Macs. There are a plethora of anti-virus software available.
  3. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    I mean no offense, OP, but if there was logic applied... why would a (non existent) OS X virus be showing you a Windows-themed scanner?
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Sounds like you were spoofed by one of those web sites that trick you into thinking you have a virus so you buy their software.
  5. MasterDev macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    OP, as you said you did research and found there was nothing to worry about. So you need not to worry.

    Plus, do an MR search, you will find plenty of these threads... Read those.
  6. 4gotten soldier thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2007
    maybe i am just double checking to make sure i dont?

    also, if i have something, it wont be a problem to me, but it may mean problems to my friends if i send emails or files.

    thanks for the responses, i can rest assured i am personally clean
  7. RubbishBBspeed macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2009
    mmmmmm which site. wink wink. ahhhuuuummm. Ok seriously though. Yeah I've seen the same thing has an animated progress bar too. It seems to come from junk advertising. linked to some blog sites, if you go looking for the AM rapide and click images in google, one of the pictures has been hijacked and clicking on it triggers the screen.

    I just force close safari and reopen. have ran a virus scan using iantivirus and it always come up clean.

    Like the guys say here, looks like it's trying to flog something. Oh those poor pc user's..... I feel for them...... I really do ....................... not. lol
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    You just did.

    Not necessary, rest easy, and this was free.
  9. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    No it didn't. What happened was that your web page showed an animation picture that looked like a virus scan was running.

    You no more had a virus, (and likely this is true even if you were on a PC), than you could have had dinner, were you to have been shown a picture of a large juicy steak cooked to perfection.

    The next step, had you let it progress, would have been that the "scan" showed (surprise!) that you had a virus, and a nice offer to download a program to remove it for only $99 or some such. Had you then bought that application and installed it, then you'd have had been $99 out, and some malware (technically its not a virus) installed. Its likely that malware would be Windows only, though there are a couple of Mac examples floating around the net as well.
  10. Mhaddy macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2005
    No offense to the OP, but this is the first time I've heard of anyone getting fooled by those animated images in pop-up boxes.
  11. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    You spend too much time around geeks :D its a big earner for the scammers.

    For example there was a massive fuss with the New York Times a few weeks back, one of their ads had one of these, caused a massive rumpus, and that was just with the Mac owning people who went out and BOUGHT virus software or reinstalled their systems, all sorts of stupid stuff.

    Goodness knows what the PC folks did.

    Look at it another way, someone went to a lot of trouble to code all that stuff up, either they are complete idiots, or they are targeting the people who panic when they see that stuff and are PC-illiterate enough to be fooled by it. I'm sure I saw a report recently about how much money its estimated they are making. Anyway, can't hang around here all day, go to go off and do some coding with GIFs.......
  12. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    There are plenty of scam websites that try to sell you virus scanners.

    They will show something that looks like a Windows virus scanner, which will then pretend to scan your computer for viruses, and inevitably it will find dozens of them. Doesn't matter whether you use Windows XP, Vista or 7, any version of MacOS, Linux, whatever, even if you go to the site with an iPhone it will do the same thing.

    These sites are evil for several reasons: First, obviously they waste your time and make you worried without reason. Second, many people will _buy_ their "anti-virus" software and lose their money. Third, if you buy using a card, since they are scammers anyway, they will sell your card details to someone trying to empty your bank account. Fourth, since they are scammers, their "anti-virus" software will likely be some Trojan that will do all kinds of nasty things to your computer, like using it as a spambot or installing a keylogger to get more useful information from your computer.

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