Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1

    vaughan80's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 14, 2007
    Location
    Lincolnshire, UK
    Posts
    341
    Specs:
    Macbook - 2.4 ghz intel core duo / 4 gig of ram.
    Mac with windows virus question...
    OK, here goes:

    Mac's are known to be relatively virus free... However, IF (i have no reason to) I decided to install XP on the mac, could I get a virus which is coded for the PC?
    I know the mac's are not pc's, but when you install windows on them does this leave it open to PC related viruses?

  2. #2


    Member Since
    Nov 27, 2006
    Posts
    440
    Specs:
    Power Mac G5 Dual 1.8 GHz
    Yup.

    That's 'cause they aren't "PC viruses"; they're Windows viruses.

    Of course, this also implies that if your Windows install on the Mac does get a virus, Mac OS X won't be affected.

    If you want a free anti-virus program for Windows, get AVG Free Edition: http://free.grisoft.com/
    Cog 0.07 audio player - cogx.org
    AAC, AIFF, APE, FLAC, M4A, MP3, MPC, OGG, SHN, WAV, WV, tracker formats,
    VG music formats, cue sheets, M3U & PLS, Growl, Last.fm, Apple Remote
    Latest Nightly Build (0.08) (new interface!) - Got ideas? Report bugs?

  3. #3


    Member Since
    Jul 31, 2007
    Location
    Middle of The Netherlands
    Posts
    209
    Specs:
    AMD 533 MHz, 312 mb RAM, 80 HDD. :(
    I really doubt if it does not affect your Mac OS X,

    I would suppose it affect your files, so all your Mac OS X files could also be deleted by the virus,

    Thoughts about this topic are very different
    And as final touch,God created the Dutch!

  4. #4


    Member Since
    Nov 27, 2006
    Posts
    440
    Specs:
    Power Mac G5 Dual 1.8 GHz
    Well, Mac OS X and Windows are on 2 separate partitions,
    and in Windows, you cannot access the Mac OS X partition (unless you install MacDrive), so...

    As for the files on the Windows partition, well, of course those could be affected.
    Cog 0.07 audio player - cogx.org
    AAC, AIFF, APE, FLAC, M4A, MP3, MPC, OGG, SHN, WAV, WV, tracker formats,
    VG music formats, cue sheets, M3U & PLS, Growl, Last.fm, Apple Remote
    Latest Nightly Build (0.08) (new interface!) - Got ideas? Report bugs?

  5. #5

    knightlie's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 22, 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    1,463
    Specs:
    Lenovo Z560 Hackintosh -:- '06 iMac -:- iPod Touch 2ndGen
    Quote Originally Posted by Sproit View Post
    I really doubt if it does not affect your Mac OS X,

    I would suppose it affect your files, so all your Mac OS X files could also be deleted by the virus,

    Thoughts about this topic are very different
    By default Windows can't read - or even recognise - Mac partitions, so your Mac files would be relatively safe even if your Windows installation obtained a virus.
    [URL="http://beadia.net"]Beadia[/URL - Jewelry Business Management Software]
    I judge you when you use poor grammar.

  6. #6


    Member Since
    Apr 19, 2007
    Posts
    780
    Specs:
    20" iMac Core 2 Duo 2.16Ghz, 500GB HDD, 1GB RAM, 128MB ATI Radeon X1600
    A Windows virus on the Windows partition can not, in anyway, affect your performance outside of the Windows partition.

    A Windows virus on the Mac partition cannot be opened, as it is a Windows file, therefore it cannot affect anything at all.

  7. #7


    Member Since
    Jul 31, 2007
    Location
    Middle of The Netherlands
    Posts
    209
    Specs:
    AMD 533 MHz, 312 mb RAM, 80 HDD. :(
    Oh sorry my bad

    as you see, it's not how I said it was
    And as final touch,God created the Dutch!

  8. #8


    Member Since
    Jul 11, 2007
    Location
    South-East PoopLand, I Mean England :P
    Posts
    167
    thanks everyone in this thread for answering, as I was also wondering the same question.

  9. #9

    vaughan80's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 14, 2007
    Location
    Lincolnshire, UK
    Posts
    341
    Specs:
    Macbook - 2.4 ghz intel core duo / 4 gig of ram.
    Thanks guys. It had been playing on my mind, i know it sounds like a stupid question - but i just wanted to make sure.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. HELP!!!!! Windows Trojan virus found on my mac
    By ktchan in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 12-05-2014, 09:39 PM
  2. Pop Up on Mac OS X for Windows Anti-Virus PC
    By zerimar3 in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 09-20-2011, 09:33 PM
  3. Mac 10.x hosting Windows Virus'
    By mtyoung400 in forum OS X - Apps and Games
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-26-2009, 12:27 AM
  4. Mac and Windows network and anti-virus
    By todograd in forum Internet, Networking, and Wireless
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-04-2008, 04:40 PM
  5. Windows virus while running Bootcamp on my Mac
    By ScottsFire in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 01-10-2007, 01:19 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •