Watch out, you might have viruses! (joke)

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  1. DudeMartin macrumors regular

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    Hey all!

    I was browsing around and then a popup came up.
    I can't comment much more past that.

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  2. xkmxkmxlmx macrumors 6502a

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    I got it the other day in Chrome. I even downloaded the exe for fun :)
     
  3. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    I got that a few times in Chrome very recently too.
     
  4. Shannighan macrumors 6502a

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    That popped up on my iPad once. lol. I got a mac equivalent today as well.
     
  5. NCW macrumors regular

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  6. satcomer macrumors 603

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  7. macgeek18 macrumors 68000

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    I had that the like first week I ever owned a Mac and laughed my head off as I knew I wasn't running XP. :p
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    For the benefit of others who might find this thread in a Google search and not be informed, let me say that while the scareware shown in this thread is indeed a joke, a variant of it exists that is more "Mac-like" in appearance and can automatically download an installer package, which may automatically launch if browser settings permit. It's known by many names, such as MacDefender or MacSecurity. For more details, read the first part of the following link.

    To avert needless panic, be aware that there has never been a virus in the wild that affects Mac OS X since it was released 10 years ago. The handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some education and common sense and care in what software you install:
    The first section of that link deals specifically with the MacDefender/MacSecurity/MacProtector issue. I encourage you to read it.
     
  9. kyle1320 macrumors regular

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    I tried going to the link of the site (lol) and Chrome informed me that the site contained malware. I then clicked "Proceed Anyway" and the site apparently was taken down. :p
     
  10. 7on macrumors 601

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    Just to be clear, MacDefender(etc) is not a virus and doesn't download automatically. The user has to CHOOSE to install it. By definition that makes it a Trojan.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's not a virus, as stated in the link I posted. However, it does download automatically in most browsers.
     

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