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    Sep 17, 2012
    Macbook Pro 13 i5 (2012) , iPhone5 16GB (white), iPhone4 8GB (white), iPad2 64GB 3G, Apple TV
    Virus on Mac (serious question)
    Tried to post a message in this forum half an hour ago, but it failed to publish (don't know why). Anyhow, I have a serious question about something related to virusses/malware on Mac

    I downloaded some audio plugins (AU) from the Piratebay (I know it's a bad thing) and sometimes the DMG installers comes with a Windows keygen executable (.exe) which I run on Crossover which works perfectly.

    Yesterday I installed Sophos anti-virus on my Macbook Pro (mid 2012) running the latest version of Mavericks. After scanning over 3 million files the results were in:

    The first 3 results are ZIP files that Sophos found in mail attachments in Mac for Mail (where all my Yahoo accounts are set). The last 2 are windows executables (.exe).

    My questions:

    1. I am aware that key generators (.exe) typically get a red flag with anti-virus programs on Windows, but lets assume it is a virus in this executable file, can it affect my system when using Crossover and running such file?

    2. Or do the .exe files have no way of damaging my system because it's sandboxed in Crossover?

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    dtravis7's Avatar
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    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac late 2007 10.11.b4, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!
    Unless you have Windows installed, those will not affect OSX. All Windows only. I doubt anything like that would run in Crossover. That is why I don't bother with a Anti Virus on OSX is everything it finds is Windows.

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    toMACsh's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 30, 2009
    Mac Mini Core 2 Duo
    Buc021 on PirateBay... seems to fit. R

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    chscag's Avatar
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    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    And we're through here since we do not discuss or offer help for any illegal activity.

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