Viruses

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by crtvmac, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. crtvmac Guest

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    Would someone recommend a software to use in detecting Malware on Mac's? I went to a website and It cause my browser to crash. After I rebooted my computer and ran a security log check with my firewall virus program, It said there was a suspicious behavior event that happen. Also, one day my mouse pointer acted like it had a mind of it's own. I would manually scroll to the top of the browser page, when I would release the mouse, the page would scroll back down to the bottom of the browser page where I originally scroll from. It was as though someone else had taken control of the scrolling capabilities of my computer.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You don't need antivirus protection for your Mac. The only reason to have it is to avoid passing on viruses to Windows machines.
     
  3. stridemat Moderator

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    Clam AV if you feel the need to have one installed is free.
     
  4. AppleMactablet macrumors regular

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    Macs can get viruses just as PC can, Macs can't get PC viruses, Since there a more PC virus then mac, your more likely to get viruses on a pc.

    I would suggest ClamXav- A Free Mac Anti Virus

    Check it out-It's the best Mac Anti Virus Out there, and it's Free
     
  5. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Sure, if they existed for OSX.

    The ClamAVX is OK, but really is only good for finding Windows-based viruses and trojans. iAntivirus focuses more on Mac threats like trojans.

    For the OP though, having your browser crash is not a sign that you have some malware. Applications crash a lot. So more than others. If anything, maybe the site you were visiting had some bad mojo and was putting out something the browser simply didn't understand how to handle and crashed as a result, as can happen with malformed gif images.
     
  6. crtvmac thread starter Guest

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    Thanks for the recommendation?
     
  7. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Dont bother with antivirus under os x. The antivirus's are like virus's themselves. They take up RAM for no apparent reason. Apple take care with the very few virus's for OS X, just by making them impossible to run on OS X.
     
  8. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

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    I can tell you about a strange Youtube issue where vids try to download by themselves. I heard of one other issue of this but with firefox.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer. The term "virus" is also commonly but erroneously used to refer to other types of malware, adware, and spyware programs that do not have the reproductive ability.

    From Symantec:
    As of this time, there are NO viruses in the wild that affect current Mac OS X. In the past, there have been a few viruses that ran on older versions of the Mac operating system, but no longer.

    There are, as of this time, trojans that can affect Mac OS X, but these must be downloaded and installed by the user, which involves entering the user's administrator password. Trojans can easily be avoided by the user exercising common sense and caution when installing applications. A common source of trojans is pirated software, typically downloaded from bit torrent sites.

    Having virus protection software on your Mac is pointless, as far as protecting your Mac from viruses, since AV software can't detect a virus that doesn't exist. It is possible to have a file reside on your hard drive that contains a Windows virus, but since a Windows virus (program) can't run in native Mac OS X, it would be harmless to your Mac. Some choose to run AV on their Mac to scan for Windows viruses, so the Mac user can't pass a virus-infected file to a Windows user. In my opinion, a Windows user should be protected by their own AV software, so the burden of protection lies with the Windows user.
     
  10. Buzz Bumble Guest

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    There are no real viruses for Macs, so installing an anti-virus application only slows down your Mac slightly and uses up RAM and disc space ... it's a complete waste of time. The only exception is if you want to tell Windows-owning friends that the file they just sent you has a virus on it so they can clean their system.

    The only way you can get even a semi-real so-called "Mac virus" is to download and install pirated software ... in which case, you get what you deserve.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Those are called trojans, and are easily avoided with a little thought and common sense.
     
  12. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Basically, if a porn site tells you that you need to install a Quicktime Plugin to see their naughty pictures, don't. If you are invited to install a brand new (pirated) version of Microsoft Word, don't. If you find an illegal copy of Photoshop or iWorks to download from a torrent, don't.
     
  13. definitive macrumors 68000

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    lots of naive posts in this thread filled with false pretense that using mac systems is safe. just because a virus/malware isn't publicly announced, does not mean that it does not exist, and being "smart" about using your computer to avoid viruses isn't really "smart." It's like locking your doors and windows when you leave home, and thinking that the burglar won't get in just because they're locked.

    if you want to scan your computer, give nod32 beta for mac a try. i think it's free at the moment, and they make one of the top antivirus scanners for windows.
     
  14. chnine macrumors newbie

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    a related question regarding spyware

    Do Mac-users need to be concerned about spyware? If the answer is yes, what would be a good protection?

    Thank you.


    Christina
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No one is saying it's impossible for a Mac to get a virus. What IS true is that at this time, there are no viruses that exist in the wild that run on Mac OS X. If one were to be created/released, it would make BIG news and everyone would hear about it very quickly, especially in this forum.
    Being "smart" means only getting software from reputable sites, only installing what you know is legitimate/legal/non-pirated software, and thinking carefully before entering your admin password for anything. Doing these things will protect you from any of the trojans out there.
    Spyware, such as keyloggers are out there, but you have to actively install them on your system. Of course, if you leave your Mac unattended so someone else can have access to it, all bets are off.
     
  16. dirt farmer macrumors 6502

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    I've heard of Mac bacterial infections, but never a virus.

    Penicillin or Amoxicillin should kill it.
     
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