Viruses?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mcanadiensfan63, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. mcanadiensfan63 macrumors member

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    on a MB leopard, how can u check if u have a virus and delete it? im new to mac, plz help? im pretty sure i some how got one cuz its been running a bit slow lately with delayed typing?
     
  2. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    At present their are no known Mac viruses in the wild(unless you count the porn
    one which you have to give your password etc, i think it's some kind of codex)
    Try reading this about viruses as it will explain alittle more about it

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=420320&highlight=virus.

    As for your Mac being slow try something like onyx to clean out the crap,repair
    permissions etc

    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/11582/onyx

    If your really worried about viruses try http://www.clamxav.com/

    Oh nearly forgot about the typing have you tried the update thats available?
     
  3. Bobbi Flekman macrumors regular

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    Did you search the forums? This topic has been discussed many times, but in short Windows-viruses/spyware won't work on OS X. They can be found on your hard disc but will be harmless.
    If you even want to get rid of them you will have to run a Mac virus scanner. Once again the rest of the forums will show you which.

    Good luck.
     
  4. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    With respect i think the OP asking about Mac viruses,but you are right window's viruses
    are harmless on Macs but not if you send them back to a pc
     
  5. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    As said, you're actually asking the wrong question; what you want to know is "My Mac seems to be running slowly, and is lagging when I type--what might cause this?"

    It's exceedingly unlikely it's a virus (download and run ClamXav if you really want to prove it to yourself), but if there's lag typing obviously something isn't working right.

    Searching the forums will probably give you a dozen suggestions, but the first thing to ask would be:

    1) Is it lagging in all apps, or just certain ones (only Word, only Safari, etc), and if so, which?

    2) What applications do you have open when it's slowing down? (Also, any web browser windows with Flash stuff in them while it's misbehaving?)

    3) Have you installed any system tweaks or hacks?

    4) How much RAM do you have?

    5) Open Activity Monitor and see what it says current processor useage is--if it's near or over 100%, sort by CPU and see what the top culprits are. That's most likely going to identify your issue.
     
  6. Bobbi Flekman macrumors regular

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    To be precise that would be a Trojan. A program that comes onto your machine under the guise of something else (in this case a codec).

    Most people though will call it a virus, as they would with everything malware related.

    Could be, but without explicitly mentioning that I don't know. I interpreted the question one way, you another way...
     
  7. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Yes i understand that this is Trojan but was talking in laymens terms,you
    are correct as most people but maleware,spyware worms & Trojan's into a virus box

    As for our or interpretations of the OP's question i just presumed this is
    a Mac basic section of the forums so it's a Mac related question
     
  8. Bobbi Flekman macrumors regular

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    And fear for viruses is not Mac related? As you may have noticed the OS X platform is drawing quite some new users. This will get OS X a bigger marketshare, and thus make it more popular for malware writers to put their claws into OS X. OSX.Leap.A, OSX.Macarena and now OSX.DNSChanger. It'll only become more.

    And, as there are thousands of Windows viruses out there which mostly get spread through IM and email it stands to reason that someone will get "infected" with a Windows virus. The recently converted do not know whether that will wreak havoc on their new shiny Mac, so they wonder. Ain't it weird?

    Well I'll leave you now as I am not in the mood for this.
     
  9. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    I think somehow are wires are crossed on this issue.Yes im fully aware of
    the amount of people turning to Mac's because they have had a gut full of
    of windows.All i stated was that at present their are no known viruses
    in the wild that will affect a mac FACT and that at present it is'nt worth
    having a AV installed on a mac(a quick search will tell you im not alone on
    this).

    I also provided a couple of links so the op could make their own minds up

    Different opinions make the world go round

    Peace

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