Can I use a mac to check an external hard drive for viruses/spyware?
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Member Since: Dec 03, 2006
Location: Irvine, CA
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01-02-2008, 12:37 PM
Antivirus apps for Mac pretty much scan for Windows viruses, not because Windows viruses can affect OS X, but to prevent you from spreading them to Windows users. So all you would need to do is get an antivirus program for Mac and tell it to scan the external hard drive, and you would be set.
Another option is for you to install Windows via Boot Camp and then scan the drive using a Windows antivirus program. But if the drive does have a virus, there is a slight risk of infecting Windows on your Mac.
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