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can macbooks get avirus?i was told in the apple shop that they cant but i read on a forum that they can,which is correct?
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Many member ask the question about viruses and malware on the Mac and in addition to using the search function at the top of the forum, you'll find almost all your answers here:

Official Antivirus, Malware, and Firewall FAQ

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I've moved your post to a more proper forum; please be sure to check the forum descriptions to find the best place to post.

By posting in the right forum you help people not only find your question faster, but it helps others looking for the same information in the future.

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thanku,very informative,sorry am new to forums
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stay away from shady sites because you can and will get a virus, just a matter of time
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i am careful but i always had a security suite on my pc,would u say its advisable to do the same on my mac?
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stay away from shady sites because you can and will get a virus, just a matter of time
Just to clarify:

Some porn websites will say that you need a video codec to view something and if you install their (fake) codec, you are really installing a trojan. Not a true self-replicating "virus". Not harmful, easy to remove. Not all that scary.

If you try to pirate (steal) copies of iLife or iWork apps, you may be really installing a trojan. Not a true self-replicating "virus". Not harmful, easy to remove. Not all that scary.

If you do a Google search for images and one of them is targeted by the MacDefender malware (also a trojan), you could receive a fake alert that you are infected and then prompted to purchase an app to remove something that isn't even on your Mac in the first place. Don't give them your credit card # and follow this advice to make sure it wasn't installed. Also not a true self-replicating "virus". Not harmful, easy to remove. Not all that scary.

Some members on here use clamxav to monitor the risk of malware on their Macs. Probably not necessary, but if you are one of those that likes that extra "security blanket" to make you feel better, you might want to look into it.
Most members on here don't use any a/v software. Keep informed and don't install anything if you don't know what it is.

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Just to clarify:

Some porn websites will say that you need a video codec to view something and if you install their (fake) codec, you are really installing a trojan. Not a true self-replicating "virus". Not harmful, easy to remove. Not all that scary.

If you try to pirate (steal) copies of iLife or iWork apps, you may be really installing a trojan. Not a true self-replicating "virus". Not harmful, easy to remove. Not all that scary.

If you do a Google search for images and one of them is targeted by the MacDefender malware (also a trojan), you could receive a fake alert that you are infected and then prompted to purchase an app to remove something that isn't even on your Mac in the first place. Don't give them your credit card # and follow this advice to make sure it wasn't installed. Also not a true self-replicating "virus". Not harmful, easy to remove. Not all that scary.

Some members on here use clamxav to monitor the risk of malware on their Macs. Probably not necessary, but if you are one of those that likes that extra "security blanket" to make you feel better, you might want to look into it.
Most members on here don't use any a/v software. Keep informed and don't install anything if you don't know what it is.
ok thanku,i have a macbook pro,i5,mc 700
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So no porn, no illegal downloads, no Google and you will be safe.
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no Google and you will be safe.
No. That is an extreme interpretation.

I use Google daily and sometimes even for image searches. Just know what to do if the image you click on is linked to Mac Defender scareware.

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Do not forget that OsX is a unix OS, just like Linux. Thus, all the *.exe or *.com files are not a threat. Maybe some trojans, but again I am not sure.

OsX comes with a really nice tool, the "netstat".
Open a terminal and type "netstat -ap" and hit enter. You will see a list of all the programs which are using a tcp connection. These are the programs that are using your internet connection.

You may search on the Internet for these programs, and if you find that there are a trojan, simply delete them.
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So no porn,
That would be an extreme interpretation also. Just don't download and install the fake video codecs that some sites say you need.

I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.
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stay away from shady sites because you can and will get a virus, just a matter of time
Uh, no. There are no viruses for Macs. Sounds like you should read the sticky as well as the OP.
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thanku all,im new to mac tho so dont know what "open a terminal" means
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thanku all,im new to mac tho so dont know what "open a terminal" means
Terminal is where you can type in commands for your Mac.
It is found in Finder>Applications>Utilities.
Apple - Mac OS X - What Is Mac OS X - All Applications and Utilities Scroll down to almost the very bottom.

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