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From a friend
« on: May 29, 2009, 12:20:57 AM »
Hi all i did talking with a friend about mac if he can have virus and he telled me no so i wanna know if its can have some virus on a mac and if yes then give me a proof for when he read this topic to see it.

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Re: From a friend
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2009, 12:37:54 AM »
It is not impossible for a Mac to get a virus, but it is unlikely. However you can pass windows viruses on to other windows users although they will not infect your machine.
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Re: From a friend
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2009, 12:59:10 AM »
Yeah but why Avast! got a anti virus for mac ? For fun ? I think if they got a anti virus for mac then its mean you can have virus right ?

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Re: From a friend
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2009, 03:39:26 AM »
Well, as Mac stated, it's not impossible to get a virus on a Mac.  Yes there are some, which is why there is a Mac version of Avast, and many other A/V products.
For generic computer (not avast) problems, you can also visit my forum for help: http://www.jacobytech.net/forum

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Re: From a friend
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2009, 02:22:12 PM »
Yeah but why Avast! got a anti virus for mac ? For fun ? I think if they got a anti virus for mac then its mean you can have virus right ?

As the Mac's Market share grows there may be more malware threats for the Mac, hence Avast developed the Mac version. Its also detects Windows Viruses, so should you get a Windows virus in a email you will not pass it onto a friend running Windows.
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Re: From a friend
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2009, 03:09:53 PM »
Hi all i did talking with a friend about mac if he can have virus and he telled me no so i wanna know if its can have some virus on a mac and if yes then give me a proof for when he read this topic to see it.

Thank.

Mr.Agent

Wanna have MacOS virus? Honestly, the MacOS X system, under the hood, is quite insecure. It's only lack of VX writter's attention what causes this platform to be (seemingly) virus-free. It's simply NOT true, and the situation started to change in past few years.

We can't spread infection, no way, but:
http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1145743&dl=GUIDE&coll=GUIDE&CFID=38049603&CFTOKEN=41877821

also:
http://felinemenace.org/~nemo/
http://packetstormsecurity.org/shellcode/PPC_OSX_Shellcode_Assembly.pdf
http://artofhacking.com/files/phrack/phrack57/live/aoh_p57-0x0e.htm
http://hexale.blogspot.com/2005/11/osx-multi-arch-shellcode.html

and also:
http://blog.cr0.org/2009/05/write-once-own-everyone.html

... would be interesting reading for him.

regards,
pc
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Re: From a friend
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2009, 12:50:24 AM »
Thank you zilog :)

Just a thing does these sites you giving to me are safe and without virus ? Because i reading the felinemenace.org and i did see something on it that made me scare.

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« Last Edit: May 30, 2009, 12:59:50 AM by Mr.Agent »

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Re: From a friend
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2009, 01:55:04 AM »
So any respond please ? I did scanned my pc with avast and my second scanner and they no find anything so the website felinemenace was safe or no ? I did clear my internet temp too :)

Sorry for double post.

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« Last Edit: June 01, 2009, 12:45:02 PM by Mr.Agent »

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Re: From a friend
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2009, 01:17:09 PM »
So any respond please ? I did scanned my pc with avast and my second scanner and they no find anything so the website felinemenace was safe or no ? I did clear my internet temp too :)

Sorry for double post.

Mr.Agent

yes, all those sites are, AFAIK virus-free. but yes, they are maintained by those guys that are active VX writters :).

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Re: From a friend
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2009, 09:24:55 PM »
Ok uff i was about to cry lol :) Thank and my friend said that he did agree with me so you convainced him.