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    Mac OSX virus

    We've all been saying it was only a matter of time, and here it is: 'First' Mac OS X Trojan sighted | The Register
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    Re: Mac OSX virus

    Speaking for Bowlie, I will say, "Excellent, only another hundred thousand or so to go to catch up, then!"...

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    Re: Mac OSX virus

    Hi Waggers, thanks for the heads up. I've done some checking and it appears that this one (and two others that have surfaced this week) appear to be low risk. 1 on the scale of 5. In order for this worm to work the user actually has to do some pretty stupid things (and these are Mac users we are talking about)!

    This isn't actually the first OSX "threat" there have been at least two others that I am aware of, which Apple quickly patched. I expect we will see the same here.

    However as the Mac becomes more popular, and I've seen suggestions that with the new Intel processors they might break the 5% level this year or next, we will have to expect more of these. We might even have to install anti-virus software <img src=/S/drop.gif border=0 alt=drop width=23 height=23> on our Macs!

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    This might be a bit sad, but to hear such an admission from a Mac user is actually quite an exciting breakthrough! <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Mac OSX virus

    <hr>from a Mac user<hr>
    Don't forget I'm bilingual! I suffer from malware on both platforms, by varying degrees. Practice safe-computing!

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    Re: Mac OSX virus

    I don't know if this is the same threat or another one but it was published 2/21/06 and mentions previous Trojans and worms, so maybe it's another one for Bowlie to check out. ( or the other two MAC users on the Lounge ) <img src=/S/angel.gif border=0 alt=angel width=15 height=21>

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    Re: Mac OSX virus

    Hi Bob,
    This is the third one that I mentioned above - The good news is there is an easy work around (besides not downloading Zip files, which are quite rare for the Mac anyway) - just use Firefox rather than Safari. I'm sure it won't be too long before Apple plugs this one. I use Firefox on my PC, but haven't on my Mac - if I need to download something, I might give it a try ...

    I'm sure there are more than 3 mac user's in the lounge, it must be that very few of them have any reason to visit the Anti-virus forum <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Mac OSX virus

    Bowlie!

    I am going to come out in the open and let you know that I finally sunk money in the newest iMac! Couldn't resist especially since I have a son-in-law that is strictly a Mac man and promised to be my "help desk". <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I also have my PC to do lots of work and to keep me in the mix but I think now I will have the best of both worlds! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> I did download Firefox (easy) as one of the first things to do and I am glad now that I did. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Mac OSX virus

    Bowlie,
    I just wanted to give you a heads up on that article. Seemed like a lot of threats all at once. Better safe than sorry.
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    Re: Mac OSX virus

    Skitterbug,
    So you came out? So sorry to hear that! <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/hiding.gif border=0 alt=hiding width=70 height=24> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/pcvmac.gif border=0 alt=pcvmac width=137 height=30>
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    Re: Mac OSX virus

    What else are you hidding from us? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Mac OSX virus

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    Absolutely - and sorry that I didn't say thank you, I did appreciate your comment. I did elaborate on my answer, because I wanted any of the other three <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35> Mac users in the lounge to get the word. <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> again.

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    Re: Mac OSX virus

    Wow, Skitter - I'm impressed. Before this thread gets too off-topic, let me say <img src=/S/hailpraise.gif border=0 alt=hailpraise width=27 height=22> <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23> !!! If your son-in-law ever goes on vacation - just let me know, I'll be more than happy to help out, in the unlikely event you need it. I'm sure <img src=/S/innocent.gif border=0 alt=innocent width=20 height=20> that other loungers will be interested in hearing your experiences. Keep us informed <img src=/S/please.gif border=0 alt=please width=31 height=23>

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    Re: Mac OSX virus

    Bowlie,
    But you do are bilingual, good to here. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Don't know so much about Mac's but they do look good.

    Anyhow, to stay on topic there is some reading about these Mac viruses/worms at F-secure. I should have posted earlier, then I saw Waggers post. Maybe you have looked at F-secure.
    Thursday, February 16, 2006 Leap.A - The first virus for Mac OS X
    Friday, February 17, 2006 Second Max OS X malware discovered
    Tuesday, February 21, 2006 More OS X malware

    As always, PC or Mac, it can be that some early forms of a specific virus only works under certain conditions, and thus is not a real threat, "in the wild", at that moment. Best of course is to follow patch development and different anti-virus news sources.

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    Bowlie! Thanks for the offers of help because I may indeed be posting for advise on how to do things and you may be sorry that you offered! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    Now about this virus problem - I take it that this virus can't be gotten unless a file is opened? And since it is an executable, I'd have to give my administrative password before it can "do it's thing" anyway? At least anything else that I have loaded on here asks for my permission. Maybe this wouldn't though? I am using iChat with my daughter but she is the only person that I have "chatted with" on my iMac so hopefully, she wouldn't pass a sickness on to me! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> But I'll be careful! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

    ........will be interested in hearing your experiences. Keep us informed.

    Once I get more comfortable, one of my first adventures will be digital movie making! Something I have struggled with in the PC world but I am hopeful it will go very well in the MAC world! So I will be happy to relay my experiences! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Bob - So you came out? So sorry to hear that! ----I'm not! I have lots of fun so far and I think it is going to be a hoot! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
    Dave - What else are you hidding from us? ---- I'll take the 5th and not answer! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
    Argus - Don't know so much about Mac's but they do look good. --- This one sure is!! Now all I got to do is learn how to use it to its full potential! <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>


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