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Old 26-11-2013, 17:58
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So I was surfing the web on my Macbook Pro, as I do every morning, when a virus warning message popped up. I got a fright and nearly fell off my chair Anyway it turned out a Windows virus had somehow snuck its way into my Mac. It must have been looking for my Windows partition but it ended up on the wrong OS I told it to move along, there's nothing to see here Of course my dad was gloating as I'm always saying Macs don't get viruses! I think I should run a virus check on my Windows partition just to be on the safe side.
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Old 26-11-2013, 18:02
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where did the warning message originate from?
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Old 26-11-2013, 18:03
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Oh go on, i'll play along

Bet the OP gets a virus on there pc before i do
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Old 26-11-2013, 18:11
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The girl who cried 'Mac'...
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Old 26-11-2013, 18:27
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Oh go on, i'll play along

Bet the OP gets a virus on there pc before i do
But but its not a virus, its a worm/trojan/technicality therefore it doesnt count!!!!1!!!!1

Also this is for you cnbcwatcher
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Old 26-11-2013, 18:32
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But but its not a virus, its a worm/trojan/technicality therefore it doesnt count!!!!1!!!!1
in reality, these days a virus (in the technical sense) is a very rare thing on any platform. it's mostly malware now.
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Old 26-11-2013, 18:35
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where did the warning message originate from?
A website. Can't remember which one though. It just popped out of nowhere, sprung up like a fungus.

Oh go on, i'll play along

Bet the OP gets a virus on there pc before i do
I have a Mac, not a PC. A Windows partition does not count as it's still running on Apple hardware
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Old 26-11-2013, 18:44
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I have a Mac, not a PC. A Windows partition does not count as it's still running on Apple hardware
You have a PC ...

and yours will still get infected before mine does
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Old 26-11-2013, 18:44
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in reality, these days a virus (in the technical sense) is a very rare thing on any platform. it's mostly malware now.
Yeah I know I'm just taking the piss out of that geezer on here who would always argue to high heaven that Apple was immune to everything, even when presented with clear cases he would argue that it was just exceptionally stupid people to blame. Well that may be partly true but exceptionally stupid seem to be in great numbers based on some of the stories

Originally Posted by cnbcwatcher
I have a Mac, not a PC. A Windows partition does not count as it's still running on Apple hardware
PC = "personal computer". You have a Apple-branded Personal Computer. Deal with it

Technically there is also no such thing as Apple Hardware since none of it is actually made by them.
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Old 26-11-2013, 18:45
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A website. Can't remember which one though. It just popped out of nowhere, sprung up like a fungus.
sounds like just a web pop-up then, and not an actual virus infection notification.
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Old 26-11-2013, 18:49
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Yeah I know I'm just taking the piss out of that geezer on here who would always argue to high heaven that Apple was immune to everything, even when presented with clear cases he would argue that it was just exceptionally stupid people to blame. Well that may be partly true but exceptionally stupid seem to be in great numbers based on some of the stories .
it's not immune to everything, but it is inherently more secure that what windows used to be (UAC has plugged some of those holes) in the same way that linux/unix is inherently more secure than what windows used to be.

i've never ran any AV software on my macs and have never had anything try to install itself or do anything untoward.
on my windows partition (via bootcamp and vmware) i run the bare bones MSA and that is enough to keep everything fine also.

more malware issues these days really are down to people installing things they shouldn't or clicking things they haven't read properly.
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Old 26-11-2013, 22:21
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My college course tutor back in 2010 said that Macs don't ever get viruses, and I tried pointing out that they simply don't get as many, but he was having none of it!
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Old 26-11-2013, 22:45
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You have a PC ...

and yours will still get infected before mine does
No, I have a Mac. I only use my Windows partition for games and there are hardly OSX viruses around so I'm not gonna get infected again. I will have to run a virus check on my Windows partition at some point though.
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Old 26-11-2013, 22:53
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No, I have a Mac. I only use my Windows partition for games and there are hardly OSX viruses around so I'm not gonna get infected again. I will have to run a virus check on my Windows partition at some point though.
Thank god OSX uses a different type of file system then, eh?
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Old 26-11-2013, 23:13
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Ditch Mac OS and switch to Windows 8.1.
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Old 26-11-2013, 23:34
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Ditch Mac OS and switch to Windows 8.1.
Why would I do that? I hate Windows 8/8.1.

Thank god OSX uses a different type of file system then, eh?
Yep. My W7 partition is completely separate from my OSX partition.
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Old 27-11-2013, 00:25
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I doubt it would be an infection as chenks said it is probably a pop-up I had one before and it opened windows explorer and showed infections on my C drive. The only thing is like the OP I also have a Hon Hai / Foxconn PC but running Opensuse rather than OSX.
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Old 27-11-2013, 04:01
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No, I have a Mac. I only use my Windows partition for games and there are hardly OSX viruses around so I'm not gonna get infected again. I will have to run a virus check on my Windows partition at some point though.
No, you have a PC. A Personal Computer which a mac is..

The only difference is the OS used. Component wise, they are almost identical.
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Old 27-11-2013, 09:49
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A website. Can't remember which one though. It just popped out of nowhere, sprung up like a fungus.



I have a Mac, not a PC. A Windows partition does not count as it's still running on Apple hardware
No, you're using OEM hardware.
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Old 27-11-2013, 09:57
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And Apple fanboys wonder why people find them so tedious...
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Old 27-11-2013, 10:05
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I believe you can install the apple OS on normal PC hardware, which means you get much better hardware, and better performance, than you get inside an apple, for cheaper! 'Hackintosh' or something...
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Old 27-11-2013, 11:56
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I believe you can install the apple OS on normal PC hardware, which means you get much better hardware, and better performance, than you get inside an apple, for cheaper! 'Hackintosh' or something...
You can but you're not really supposed to. What puzzles me is that it's perfectly legal and acceptable to run Windows on a Mac but not to run OSX on a PC
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Old 27-11-2013, 12:42
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You can but you're not really supposed to. What puzzles me is that it's perfectly legal and acceptable to run Windows on a Mac but not to run OSX on a PC
It's childish either on Microsoft's part, or Apple's.
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Old 27-11-2013, 12:47
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You can but you're not really supposed to. What puzzles me is that it's perfectly legal and acceptable to run Windows on a Mac but not to run OSX on a PC
it's all in the differences of the license you agree to.
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Old 27-11-2013, 12:53
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It's childish either on Microsoft's part, or Apple's.
How would MS stop you installing OS X on a machine?

Don't think I have ever bought a PC made by them
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