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Old May 22nd, 2003, 06:46 PM   #1
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I'm writing about viruses and Macs, and I'd like to say that there hasn't been a Mac virus since 2001 (the Simpsons virus).

Have I missed anything? Have there been any new virus threats that could affect Macs since then?

Note that I'm not including macro viruses, which target Microsoft Word.

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Old May 22nd, 2003, 09:39 PM   #2
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Simpson's Virus? What was that? I've only heard of that one that was on a few CDs and was more of a worm then a virus...
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Old May 22nd, 2003, 09:46 PM   #3
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I think Chealion is refering to the StartUp Worm on the MacAddict CD.

I cant' remember what the date was for that but I believe it was pre-OS X. So that would be early 2001.
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Is there a computer definition of a:

Worm

Virus

Others?

What's the difference.
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Heart - Thats what it was called... [img]redface.gif[/img] It was actually much earlier then that Heart... more like 1997...

As for virus - A program that like a human virus copies itself destroying everything in its path.

Worm - Like a worm in a human (think those 7 foot tapeworms that are pulled from intestinal tracts), feed, infect but don't seek to destroy your computer, but simply multiply and spread.
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Microsoft recently released an updated version of Windows Media Player for the Mac. Does that count as a virus? [img]tongue.gif[/img]

Just kidding, Windows Media Player isn't too bad. Not too good neither but there is some content out there that I want and can now get cause its available.
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I just wish that spam was as PC-magnetic as viruses.... The last problem I had was in 2001 with a Word macro. Haven't had a virus in years.
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At this time, there are no Mac OS X viruses.

Your Mac can get a PC virus, in the sense it can be a carrier of sorts, but you really can't be affected by it.

Earlier Mac OS viruses numbered in the single digits. Some worked in 68K environments only (meaning pre PowerMac circa 1993)

A few are PowerMac only virus, but even fewer than 68K viruses.

Macroviruses will only affect a Mac if Microsoft Word or Excel is running. Otherwise, there really aren't any to worry about.

There was the "Autostart Worm" from the mid to late nineties that only worked if AutoPlay CDs (Data CDs that is) was on in QuickTime preferences. This preference was usually off by default.

I've seen a virus on a Mac twice in my 15 years as a Mac User. Considering I have been a Mac techie type pretty much since 1995, I'd say there isn't alot of concern.

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So Sandy, this is going to be one short article... Consisting of very few words: What viruses? Also their are several anti-virus solutions in place *IF* a virus should strike the Mac world... eg. Norton Anti-Virus, the Anti-Virus available through .Mac, the history of very few virii ever occuring successfully in operating systems running UNIX.
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The last one was the AutoStart 9805, which technically is a worm, and went public in 1998. A copy of the worm did inadvertently appear on the later MacAddict disk.

If you disabled QuickTime autostart for data CDs, it couldn't install. There are a bunch of freeware tools to kill it (and all the others).

Last time I checked, they were looking for 2 or 3 new viruses to bring the all-time Mac tally to 50, and we're still waiting. About 40 of the known viruses only work in System6 or earlier; and most of the rest only work if you have HyperCard installed (these days, that amounts to nearly no-one).

I think it's about time we started the campaign to decide which program Windows users should buy and install as a courtesy to Mac users, like we do for Wintel viruses. Any ideas?
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