Viruses?

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  1. mac3387 macrumors newbie

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    Hello all,

    I accidentally downloaded a file on my MAC earlier today that I had thought was going to be a PDF but turned out to be an EXE file. Once I downloaded it, I immediately deleted it and emptied it out of trash; however, I am concerned about any potential viruses that may have been in the EXE. I have Parallels installed on this computer, but it wasn't running at the time the EXE file was downloaded. Is it possible any virus associated the EXE could have infected the virtual machine? Also, is it possible that flash drives currently connected with the MAC could spread any virus associated with the EXE, even if the EXE wasn't directly downloaded to it and has been since deleted?

    My apologies for the amateur-ish questions; I am not used to dealing with virus issues on MACs. Thanks.
     
  2. justperry macrumors 604

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    There are no known viruses out in the wild for OS X, however if you use Windows in Bootcamp or have Windows RUNNING in a VM and downloaded it directly there it could be a problem, but you did not have a VM running so don't worry.
    An EXE file does nothing in OS X, so your Flash drives are clean.

    Mac Virus/Malware FAQ - Mac Guides
     
  3. determined09 macrumors 65816

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    http://drtech.bangordailynews.com/2...s/busting-the-myth-apple-macs-do-get-viruses/
    http://drtech.bangordailynews.com/2013/04/14/new-products/busting-the-myth-apple-macs-do-get-viruses/
     
  4. portishead macrumors 65816

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    There aren't really any mac viruses. You don't need to worry, at least for now.
     
  5. throAU macrumors 601

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    Your mac won't run EXEs so if it is an EXE file you are fine.



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    there is malware out there and those telling you not to worry will be amongst the first to get infected when the pandemic eventually hits... :)


    Most importantly: keep software up to date. be paranoid. keep the firewall turned on and block flash / Java unless absolutely required.
     
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    You really did not read my post did you, I said there are no Known viruses for OS X.
    I also did not say Macs can not be infected with viruses, they can but up until now OS X has not seen any!

     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That article is complete hogwash. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 10 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing, as described in the following link.

    Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.
     
  8. throAU macrumors 601

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    We can play word games all day, but the fact is that malware does exist, and that cross-platform java and flash exploits also exist.

    Telling people "there are no viruses, don't worry about it" is being a bit misleading at best.

    With Java and flash you need to be concerned on ANY platform. Also, humans are fallible, and sometimes fall for trojans as well.

    Doesn't matter so much what vector the infection arrived via once you are infected.


    Whilst there is less need for a scanner on OS X, it may save your bacon IF you are fooled by a trojan (humans are not infallible), or if one of your trusted websites gets exploited.


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    I do network security for a living so my viewpoint is probably different to most here....
     
  9. justperry macrumors 604

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    This was about viruses, and if that is the case I stand by my point.

    Yes, Java has holes, yes there are Tojans but if anybody reads that link and switches off Java for instance there is a (very) low chance you get "infected".
    Hell, I've been on OS X since 10.0b and never got anything, now, that says something.
    (And, I am always connected and been to fishy sites, even opened EXE virus files in Hex editors!)
     
  10. portishead macrumors 65816

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    Yeah you're the guy that blocks checking my email and looking at some websites at work for 'security seasons'. I mean, I guess I see the purpose. If there are PC's and macs networked together, a virus could get in, but that doesn't mean I'm not gonna be annoyed by the inconvenience! :p
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Except that no Windows malware can run on OS X and no OS X malware can run on Windows. 3rd party antivirus apps on OS X offer no protection beyond that available by simply practicing safe computing. Of course, things can change in the future, but that's been the case since OS X was released over 11 years ago.
     
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  13. portishead macrumors 65816

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    I mean, you could still download an .exe file on a mac that ends up on the network that some pc user clicks on. That's all I was saying.
     
  14. justperry macrumors 604

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    And, that is not your problem, it is the problem on the Windows side, they should have a virus scanner on their System, not you.
    This is my opinion of course.

    Edit: and even if it is on your System it can't copy itself to the PC, only if you copy it yourself.
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's quite true. The proper protection against such risks is for every Windows PC to have their own antivirus protection running.

    What about sending files to Windows users?
     
  16. Les Kern macrumors 68040

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    Trojans are not Viruses, Macs have zero viruses.
    Haven't I seen this thread like a billion times?
     
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    And you can make book that you will see a billion more.;)
     

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