Viruses on the iPad 3?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ghsNick, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. ghsNick macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2010
    Ok so I was surfing the web on my iPad and started thinking...obviously Mac's don't get viruses but they can get other type of bugs if the user accidentally installs it themselves.

    Can I get a virus/malware/etc. while surfing the web on my iPad? Say I was going on sketchy torrent sites, porn, "untrusted" sites that PCs would easily get viruses/malware/etc. would the iPad get infected also?

    Or do I just have to go under Safari and Reset Everything to be ok?

    I'm a fairly new iPad user so I just thought I'd ask.
  2. marty1990 macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2011
    So I've asked this questions numerous times on these forums - check my threads - and EVERYBODY has told me that no - it's impossible for you to get an iOS virus at this time. Probably because Apple has tight controls over the OS, and everything is sandboxed.

    So, atm, the iPad can't get viruses.
  3. striker33 macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2010
    I'm confused. I use a PC, yet I doubt any of those sites would result in a virus being downloaded and installed to my PC. Infact I'm 100% certain it wouldnt.
  4. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    If you don't JB an iPad and keep the OS up to date, it's as close to impossible as you can get to get a virus or malware. When Apple approves an app, that's what they check for.
  5. kingdummkopf macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2012
    i recieved a spam email from paypal. it had my name on, but i know the email or something is fake, so while on my ipad, i clicked the email (didn't open any links) saw it had the fake email and then archived it. i then deleted it.

    is my ipad still clean, or do i need to do a hard reset just in case?? how about when i plug it into my mac, could anything transfer over??? or will both my mac and ipad be clean?
  6. stewdog1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2006
    You're fine. Clicking on links within an email is what causes the issues. But being on the iPad there shouldn't be any worry about that.
  7. kingdummkopf macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2012
    so just clicking on the email within mail won't do anything, only if i click a link within the email opening up their fake site in the browser *could* cause problems, but because i didn't........ there's no problem? yeah?
  8. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2010
    What if I go on the worst porn site with malware/spyware/viruses...will I see a slower performance/etc if I do it through Safari on my iPad or iPhone?
  9. RenoG macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    No, but if anything you'd probably get a mental virus.
  10. maccompatible macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2012
    NO. IPads cannot get viruses because they ONLY run stock software and App Store apps. Impossible to get a virus n,ess jail broken.
  11. ManicMarc macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2012
    YES it is very possible (but very, very unlikely!). iOS does a lot to prevent it, and if you stick to well known web sites and apps you'll be OK (you are certainly much safer than when using a desktop computer).

    It was (is??) possible to Jailbreak your device from a web site, so think what else it might be possible to do? That said you shouldn't worry about it, there's certainly no need to buy any antivirus software.

    Just keep your software up to date, that's the best advice.
  12. TheWheelMan macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    No, but your mother may pop up on your screen and scold you vigorously. :)
  13. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    The jailbreak from a website was a while back, and that security hole was patched almost immediately, so if you have up-to-date iOS, you have nothing to worry about. And there is no anti-virus software for the iPad, because anti-virus software work by monitoring what other apps are doing -- the very type of behavior that isn't allowed on a non-jailbroken iPad! So if anyone tries to sell you anti-virus apps for iPad, it's a scam.

    There's just no practical reason to be concerned about viruses on the iPad, if a security hole is found that allows viruses to run on iPad, it'll be big news and we'll all hear about it. In fact, I've gotten in the habit of checking suspicious email and websites on my iPad, because I know they can't do anything to it.
  14. stewdog1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2006
  15. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    I wouldn't say it's impossible to get a virus on iPad. It may happen someday. I don't think it has happened yet.
  16. Macclone macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2012
    I only visit reputable porn sites.


    Or she may pop up in a MILF video.
  17. Anti-Lucifer macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    Of course you can get viruses on your iPad. If you sneeze or cough on it then touch it with your hands and stick it in your mouth...
  18. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Don’t sneeze on your iPad, you may give it the cold virus.

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