Virus

Posted:
in Mac Software edited January 2014
Hi all,



a dude sent ma a mail last week and he said i've had sent him a mail with a virus. I don't know him, he doesn't know me, he's not in my adress book.

The virus was such a klez thing which i remember from my windows world, yuk.

So,

1. Is my mac infected? (I don't notice a difference really)

2. How to get rid of it? (delete junk mails? Get a virusscanner?)

3. In the windows world normally a virus looks in the adress book to resend itself, that dude wasn't in my adress book, <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />



Tanx for any help.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    alcimedesalcimedes Posts: 5,486member
    if you're on a mac you can't be infected.



    send him to <a href="http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/[email protected]"; target="_blank">this</a> web page. if he reads up he'll notice that klez spoofs the sent address when it mails itself out. you are in someone else's address book who is infected, but it's not you.
  • Reply 2 of 11
    [quote]Originally posted by alcimedes:

    <strong>if you're on a mac you can't be infected.

    </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Just to clarify: you can't be infected with the Klez virus. A lot of people seem to think that Unix/MacOS X is immune to viri, which it is not.
  • Reply 3 of 11
    paulpaul Posts: 5,278member
    [quote]Originally posted by John Whitney:

    <strong>



    Just to clarify: you can't be infected with the Klez virus. A lot of people seem to think that Unix/MacOS X is immune to viri, which it is not.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    can or can't?



    what do you make of <a href="http://forums.appleinsider.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=7&t=002997"; target="_blank">this?</a>
  • Reply 4 of 11
    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member
    Can't.



    OS X is currently immune to viruses written in VBA to target Outlook (and/or Outlook + Office) on Windows, which is about 90% of them. Remote login, ftpd, telnetd and httpd are disabled by default, which shuts out most UNIX worms. It might well be possible to write a virus to target OS X, but it would probably have to specifically target OS X, and apparently Apple has made it difficult enough (especially relative to the amount of havoc you could wreak by targeting OS X vs. Windows 2000, say) that nobody's released one yet.



    It's not an excuse for complacency, but it is a real platform advantage that doesn't look like it'll go away soon. MS is apparently repositioning Office - the #1 virus target, not least because of the incredible ease with which it can be attacked and used to devastate the host machine - as an enterprise application platform. That'll be fun.



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  • Reply 5 of 11
    alcimedesalcimedes Posts: 5,486member
    although it is possible that you could get a word style virus on your machine, i think those are cross platform.



    however, i was referring to klez. sorry, should have been more clear.
  • Reply 6 of 11
    [quote]Originally posted by Paul:

    <strong>



    can or can't?



    what do you make of <a href="http://forums.appleinsider.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=7&t=002997"; target="_blank">this?</a></strong><hr></blockquote>



    Mac OS X is immune to any windows executable and boot-sector virus. Word-macro viruses may still apply to an extent, but I don't know enough about those to comment. From what I can tell, Microsoft's Entourage does not support VBScript (one of the worst culprits), so it should be immune to spreading Windows' viri as well.



    However, Mac OS X tailored executable and possibly boot-sector viri could still be written and effective. Fortunately, most virus writers would want to target Windows due to market share, so this isn't yet much of an issue.
  • Reply 7 of 11
    zozo Posts: 3,115member
    Macs are immune to the effects of any virus, but they CAN retransmit them to others
  • Reply 8 of 11
    So how can we find and remove the viruses?

    Is there an online scanner somewhere?
  • Reply 9 of 11
    [quote]Originally posted by ZO:

    <strong>Macs are immune to the effects of any virus, but they CAN retransmit them to others</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Macs are immune to any Windows virus.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    ibrowseibrowse Posts: 1,749member
    You can get anti-virus <a href="http://www.mac.com/1/iTour/tour_antivirus.html"; target="_blank">software</a> as part of .mac if you are a member.
  • Reply 11 of 11
    What Unix viri exist? I've never heard of any...
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