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Re: Found anything
« Reply #30 on: January 15, 2008, 09:02:54 AM »
I set up avast! Mac Edition on last Sunday on iMac G4 with OS X 10.4. This machine is an used (before me). In time of first background scan avast! found one virus and 113 warnings. There is a long list about scanned files, where I can see report only abvout infected file(s)? Another interesting question: have anybody found virus on own system? What type of?
Reason of qusetion: we sell avast! in Hungary, but here are a geroup of mac users who says that Mac haven't any viruses... They cannot say any other. :-))

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Hallo, in Preferences, it's possible to specify "Display also files which are OK". Otherwise, only warnings and viruses will be displayed (but that's probably your case).

In case that the list is pretty long (but 113 items for the whole drive isn't too much), you can try this:
- Close Scan" and then, click in menubar "File" -> "Save Current Scan Report".
- After this, you can process the list as you wish, for example cat ~/my_scan_report | grep -v "err 13", etc...

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Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
« Reply #31 on: January 15, 2008, 09:16:45 AM »
Thanks, I'll try it. :-))

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Re: Found anything
« Reply #32 on: January 15, 2008, 09:19:42 AM »
Another interesting question: have anybody found virus on own system? What type of?
Reason of qusetion: we sell avast! in Hungary, but here are a geroup of mac users who says that Mac haven't any viruses... They cannot say any other. :-))
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these rumours have come probably from the pre-MacOS X era (but there were viruses too, few dozens, for MacOS <=9).
last months, some technical proof-of-concept letters (oriented against macos x) appeared on vx sites, and we can expect even malware that can work natively on both powerpc and intel platforms. thus, thinking "i have macos - i'm pretty safe" isn't the best bet nowadays.

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Re: Found anything
« Reply #33 on: January 15, 2008, 10:01:54 AM »
Another interesting question: have anybody found virus on own system? What type of?
Reason of qusetion: we sell avast! in Hungary, but here are a group of mac users who says that Mac haven't any viruses... They cannot say any other. :-))

these rumours have come probably from the pre-MacOS X era (but there were viruses too, few dozens, for MacOS <=9).
last months, some technical proof-of-concept letters (oriented against macos x) appeared on vx sites, and we can expect even malware that can work natively on both powerpc and intel platforms. thus, thinking "i have macos - i'm pretty safe" isn't the best bet nowadays.

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Yeah. It's very important, interesting and challenging question. I need some practical experiences, because Mac-users needs datas, names and times now. I think, the best way of persuasion to give experiences, e.g. "I cleaned Melissa macro-virus from my OS-X Mac last weekend".
Because now proceed a dispute with Mac-fans, we collect all experiences in this theme. Yes, we know, that the danger is "ante portas" for Mac too, like Windows-based PC, now they (Mac-fans) are in false dreams, as grows the Mac-users area, as the dangers are coming...

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avast mac report saving
« Reply #34 on: January 15, 2008, 10:17:22 AM »
Dear Zilog,

since you suggested for me this option (File-save report) I did it at this moment, but now still running... very slow. The machine isn't fast enough (iMac G4 350Mhz, PowerPC750, 256MB RAM, OS-X 10.4.10), I know, but it's running approx. 30 minutes ago and status bar indicates only 50% approx. Is this normal? I think not.
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Re: avast mac report saving
« Reply #35 on: January 15, 2008, 11:37:23 AM »
Dear Zilog,

since you suggested for me this option (File-save report) I did it at this moment, but now still running... very slow. The machine isn't fast enough (iMac G4 350Mhz, PowerPC750, 256MB RAM, OS-X 10.4.10), I know, but it's running approx. 30 minutes ago and status bar indicates only 50% approx. Is this normal? I think not.

hallo,
on-demand scans always take time, this depends on your particular disk contents. having scanned half of your drive in 30minutes is nothing unusual...
pc
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Re: avast mac report saving
« Reply #36 on: January 15, 2008, 09:47:51 PM »
Dear Zilog,

since you suggested for me this option (File-save report) I did it at this moment, but now still running... very slow. The machine isn't fast enough (iMac G4 350Mhz, PowerPC750, 256MB RAM, OS-X 10.4.10), I know, but it's running approx. 30 minutes ago and status bar indicates only 50% approx. Is this normal? I think not.

PowerPC 750 is a G3 class Processor so that could also be cause of the slowness
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First virus found
« Reply #37 on: January 16, 2008, 11:11:25 AM »
Hello everybody,

Yesterday avast! found an JS.FEEBS virus on our iMac. I know, that's an PC virus, I don't know, how arrived (it's an used machine), but there is. Somebody knows any other specifically "for Mac" virus? Please reply, we're waiting news, because now we starting hungarian selling of avast! for Mac.
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Re: First virus found
« Reply #38 on: January 16, 2008, 01:09:36 PM »
Hello everybody,

Yesterday avast! found an JS.FEEBS virus on our iMac. I know, that's an PC virus, I don't know, how arrived (it's an used machine), but there is. Somebody knows any other specifically "for Mac" virus? Please reply, we're waiting news, because now we starting hungarian selling of avast! for Mac.
Many thanks.

BenkoG

Hallo,
as an antivirus company, we cannot spread malware samples. But, there are few dozens of latest MacOS specific malware in our repository, for example Anti, ChinaTalk, Code252, Code327, Horse, Safari Expl, Niqtana, Inqtana, Leap, Mdbf, Weapox, Zuc ... stating that "there's no malware for Mac" is simply not true (and i doubt whether it was in the mid-90s when this rumour started to spread ;).

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Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
« Reply #39 on: February 09, 2008, 05:03:26 AM »
Macintosh Computer will be a new target for criminals & idiots in the near future. Cracking & Hacking of Apple iPhones & iPod Touch is contributing to the issue. As these people gain experience while writing code to breach OSX operating system's security. There is a need to prepare for the worst case scenario, no longer can fan boys live in denial of virus/malware. If they are intelligent open minded free thinkers they have and will prepare. 
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Re: avast mac report saving
« Reply #40 on: February 11, 2008, 12:42:28 AM »
Dear Zilog,

since you suggested for me this option (File-save report) I did it at this moment, but now still running... very slow. The machine isn't fast enough (iMac G4 350Mhz, PowerPC750, 256MB RAM, OS-X 10.4.10), I know, but it's running approx. 30 minutes ago and status bar indicates only 50% approx. Is this normal? I think not.

You can gain some speed by adding more RAM. Only 256 MB is really crippling your Mac; Tiger (OS 10.4+) needs at least 512 MB to be reasonably happy. You should be able to max out your Mac with 1GB RAM. I suggest removing the 256 MBs and replacing with two 512 MB chips. Shouldn't be expensive.
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Re: First virus found
« Reply #41 on: February 11, 2008, 01:09:00 AM »
Hallo,
as an antivirus company, we cannot spread malware samples. But, there are few dozens of latest MacOS specific malware in our repository, for example Anti, ChinaTalk, Code252, Code327, Horse, Safari Expl, Niqtana, Inqtana, Leap, Mdbf, Weapox, Zuc ... stating that "there's no malware for Mac" is simply not true (and i doubt whether it was in the mid-90s when this rumour started to spread ;).
pc

Are any of those malware actually active out in the wild or just proofs of concepts? I'm not aware of any Macs actually getting infected with a virus yet, are you?
Anyway, while there's no real threat at the moment, I did recently purchase a three year Avast license (at the 25% discount, which has now expired. It was at a nice price!). At some point something really nasty will likely appear on the scene, so I thought a little insurance might be worthwhile. ;)

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Re: First virus found
« Reply #42 on: February 11, 2008, 03:30:17 AM »
Hallo,
as an antivirus company, we cannot spread malware samples. But, there are few dozens of latest MacOS specific malware in our repository, for example Anti, ChinaTalk, Code252, Code327, Horse, Safari Expl, Niqtana, Inqtana, Leap, Mdbf, Weapox, Zuc ... stating that "there's no malware for Mac" is simply not true (and i doubt whether it was in the mid-90s when this rumour started to spread ;).
pc

Are any of those malware actually active out in the wild or just proofs of concepts? I'm not aware of any Macs actually getting infected with a virus yet, are you?
Anyway, while there's no real threat at the moment, I did recently purchase a three year Avast license (at the 25% discount, which has now expired. It was at a nice price!). At some point something really nasty will likely appear on the scene, so I thought a little insurance might be worthwhile. ;)
There were In the wild malware for OS 8-9 (in the mid 90s like Zilog said) but most of the OS X malware is Proof of concept however the DNSChanger trojan is really out there, it pretends to be a video codec installer.

So there is Malware out there spreading, but the likelihood that you will be infected is still so small that most users do not run AV software. Avast is a nice insurance against any future Malware though
« Last Edit: February 11, 2008, 03:33:04 AM by .: Mac :. »
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