Viruses on Mac.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mpt-matthew, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. mpt-matthew macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2010
    This is a much discussed topic.
    Get a virus scanner or not...

    Some points/questions:

    - More and more people are using macs, will it become viable for them to produce more viruses for them. Its not macs cant get viruses, its just there arn't very many.

    - I know people like a virus scanner to protect others. Im not in a cooperation or share files much, so i dont need one for that.

    - Does apples updates protect against the few mac viruses there are?

    - Malware, spyware, etc. To protect against that does it just require common sense ("No, i dont want to enter my credit card number!")

    - Is the Mac OS built so it is impossible to penetrate with a virus (not sure?).

    Any advice should be good.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    First, read this: Mac Virus/Malware Info
    It's always possible, but so far, there has never been a virus created that runs on current Mac OS X.
    It's true, Macs are not immune.
    None, to be exact.
    There are no Mac viruses out there that can run on your Mac.
    Trojans are the only current threat out there, and there are less than a dozen of those. You can avoid those by being careful what you install.
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    No need to bother. It's possible to make viruses, but people don't as Windows PCs are still ~90% of the computer market, so if they want to get a virus out, it just doesn't make sense to make it for Mac. There is some security built into the OS as well, such as it will ask for your password anytime you open an app file that's downloaded from the internet for the first time.
  4. iPhoneCollector macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2010
    There is really no need to buy a anti virus software, must be carefull what you download and wich programs you run and you'll be fine. Macs dont get viruses as easy as windows machines. If your friends have windows machines and you send them a file that contains a virus it may harm their pc but the same file didn't har your mac. So thats why you should consider a anti virus programm. Thou if you dont share files then you should use the money on the mac app store rather than for an anti virus programm
  5. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    ZERO viruses exist currently that could affect Mac OS X, there were some a decade ago for Mac OS, but since Apple issued Mac OS X, there have been none.

    In addition to the already posted malware FAQ: (in short, marketshare has nothing to do with Mac OS X' ability to get viruses, it is the UNX code that protects us).
  6. mpt-matthew thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2010
    Ok, so in the future i may need a anti virus (when trojans are more common). Thats why im asking now, just an update on how common viruses are.

    Having a safety net incase i open a Trojan could be a good thing.
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No anti-virus application can protect you from a virus that doesn't yet exist. They don't know what to look for. You can avoid trojans by not installing pirated software or installing software from porn sites, etc. To get a trojan, first you have to find a file that contains one, which is quite rare. Then you have to download it, install it, and enter your admin password. It's not something you accidentally "get". Read the link I posted. It really will answer your questions.
  8. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Please don't try to slip the thoroughly discredited "security through obscurity" excuse on a group of people who know better.
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    True! Yeah, Macs are really obscure, to the tune of over a million new Macs sold per month, in addition to tens of millions already out there!
  10. gr8whtd0pe macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2008
    Belle, WV
    Every once and awhile I'll download kasperskys free trial update it and let it scan. Nothing ever comes back.
  11. dirt farmer macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2005

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