Viruses on a mac? yes according to this print shop.

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  1. hdsalinas macrumors 6502

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    I took a job that I did to one of my clients to the print shop that they are working with.

    I noticed that they had 2 G5 powermacs. One was hooked to a nice 24" ACD and the other to a 20". (too bad these fine displays where covered in tacky stickers.)

    Anyways, the lady who works on one of the towers scanned my DVD with the art work for viruses. I asker her if she had ever detected viruses before and she said no. I then told her that there is really no point to that since there are no viruses for macs. She then gave me a look as if I did not know a thing. She then said "No viruses on a mac?! Yes there are!". Then she said, "Like five years ago I got one on a G3 and lost everything and had to reinstal the OS."

    She didnt seem too nice so I didn't bother talking more about it. I guess what probably happened was that the drive became corrupt or maybe one of the programs.

    So, could it really have been a virus?
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I am very doubtful that it was a virus, as most of the very few virus' on the Mac are proof of point virus' and they are never even released in the wild, or you have to be painfully stupid to get them.
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Oh, how soon they forget...

    There were viruses for OS 6/7/8/9. Not a lot of them, but there were. That's probably what printerlady ran into.

    And Word MacroViruses can affect Office documents on any platform that runs Office.

    And someday, somewhere, an OSX virus or a trojan or some other exploit will damage data on OSX machines.

    Don't let complacency override reality.
     
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    If her G3 did in fact get a virus, it was certainly running OS 9.
     
  6. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Possibly – there were a few viruses knocking about for pre-OS X versions of the Mac OS, so if she had OS 9 or previous on her G3 all those years ago then yes, there is a chance that she may have fallen foul of a virus.

    It's no excuse for tacky stickers, though. ;)
     
  7. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    There are a few viruses going around for OS X actually, but it's less than 10, and they've all been patched by Apple. Since joining this forum I know there have been two, and they've both been patched by Apple. The people who made them sent the info to Apple and let them patch the flaw before they released it into the wild.
     
  8. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Maybe that's because I never ran OS 8 or 9, I've only used OS X, System 7, and ProDOS. (I believe that's what the Apple ][e used) Mind you I was only 3 when my parents bought the Quadra 650 with System 7 on it.
     
  9. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    A guy at my coffee shop got a strange worm on his G5 PowerMac. Strange enough that Apple took his G5 and gave him a new Mac Pro. There has been Viruses and other malware on Macs. The clerk was just watching the shops back. No reason to get upset with someone who wants to use virus protection.
     
  10. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    It's far more likely she did something and is confusing it for a virus. Of the Viruses that were available for Mac OS classic, I can't think of one that would have that effect.

    Yeah but, like, they can't run on Mac OS X. Possibly under Classic. And they can't effect Intel Macs at all.

    Yeah, I'd need a bit more reliable source than "a guy at a coffee shop" to believe that.
     
  11. hdsalinas thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh no, I didn't get upset with her. In fact I let her check my dvd. I was just curious why she did it. She was not the nicest person in the world but I tried to be polity to her. Even if my observation would have been correct, she would have never changed her mind. So I did not bother.

    She just made it look like you have to constantly be watching out for viruses on a Mac... just like PC users do.
     
  12. hdsalinas thread starter macrumors 6502

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    BTW, I honestly think that she messed her G3 that time. Again I was not there, dont know the details, and barely know her, but I think the chances of a virus doing the harm are a lot less than she ruining the mac.
     
  13. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    I'm really not asking you to believe me. I myself had some doubt with what he was telling me. I was when Apple sent him a me Mac Pro that I started thinking his issues were legit. As far as actual viruses I know of 2, One was in system 7, and the other affected 10.1 and that came out after 10.3. There is more melware, worms and the what not for Mac then viruses, the lady at the print shop could have had anything, she could have even had a laspe in judgement and thought something happened, but to say the she did NOT have a virues is just a little ignorant.
     
  14. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    That's news to me. I bet it is news to Apple as well. Do you know the difference between a "vulnerability" and a "virus"?
     
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    Apple wouldn't send anybody a new computer because of a software issue which is what a virus would be. He must have had a hardware issue (and a severe one at that), and mistook it (as often happens) as being a virus.

    So I can confidently say a virus was not his problem. It's not being ignorant, it's stating the obvious. If anything, he would be the ignorant one, calling a hardware issue a virus.
     
  16. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    No, just hardware issues.

    zing
     
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    It's important to remember -- on any given day, it's highly probable that 50% of the people you encounter will be below average intelligence. ;)
     
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    I think you've nailed it. How often do the "Have I got a virus?" threads pop up on these boards? How often is that the real issue?
     
  19. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Of course Macs get viruses; ALL OS's get viruses, no matter how secure.
     
  20. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Was that a sarcastic mockery of this thread?
     
  21. scokim macrumors regular

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    i think that is true. it depends on how you pick up the virus.
    the case above could have been a script running to delete files.
     
  22. Voidness macrumors 6502a

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    Well, such a script would be called malware, and all OS's can have malware. A virus should be able to spread to other computers through a network or a removable medium, without user interaction. (Maybe in the case of spreading over a network, it would be called a worm).
     
  23. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    That's not quite true if you classify a Virus as a malicious program or script which runs itself on the user's machine with the intent of destroying data or compromising personal info without the user's consent.

    If that is the case, then an up-to-date OS X machine is 100% secure from above...
     
  24. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    Repeat after me.

    There are no viruses for OSX.:rolleyes:

    Anyway...

    What the thread starter should have said, there are no viruses for OSX, that would have cleared the entire issue up with the printer lady, instead a generalisation was made and the printer lady was confused as are a few individuals here.
     
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    name me one?
     

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