Macs And viruses

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Apr 5, 2007

Macs And viruses by nintendofreak at 6:47 AM (4,893 Views / 0 Likes) 93 replies

  1. nintendofreak
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    So, a few of my friends were eating, and the subject came up about Mac's and Viruses. Generally speaking, Mac's are immune to viruses... (right? [​IMG])

    But why... [​IMG]

    Mac Users (or not) Help me pleasee [​IMG]
    Thankee to all [​IMG]
     


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    How could you screw up a mac anymore than it already is?
    ooooh...buuuurn...
     
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    they're not immune, since OS-X is not nearly as widely used as windows people don't really bother with mac viruses nearly as much.
     
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    Mac sux ballz!!!!
    ooohh!!! burn X2!!! (want some ice on that burn?! [​IMG] )
     
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    macs dont get many viruses because they arent very good (not used as much, and hackers want to hurt as much as they can, so they make windows viruses)
     
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    Windows pwns...
     
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    You're just asking for somebody to come in here and rip you a new one
     
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    Thanks [​IMG]


    Oddly enough, you cant seem to answer it either....

    so....
     
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    I did answer it, and I was talking to juggernaut
     
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    ah, Retracted (scrolling action X( )
     
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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    uhh...... heh [​IMG] [​IMG] :'( [​IMG]
    u mean like rip me a new movie? [​IMG]
     
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    No, like beat the living shit out of you. [​IMG]
     
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    apple is an advertising company selling overpriced mediocre stuff. kinda like bose and speakers.
     
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    Well the short answer is FreeBSD.

    Macs today are virus free because at the core they are FreeBSD and FreeBSD is arguably the most secure operating system on the face of the planet.

    I believe there are viruses out there for older macs that are before the OSX era.

    Although popularity may be part of it the FreeBSD is probably a larger part.

    I know of entire ISP's that run almost every server (except for 3 for the masochist who like windows) on FreeBSD. So it is widely used and on more high profile targets.

    Now on a final side note

    FreeBSD = Unix

    So really the OS wars have boiled down to two sides. Windoze and *nix.
     
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    No matter how secure an OS is, if you put your mind to it, you can build a great virus for it. [​IMG]
    The thing is not only is it secure, the general population chose Windows, and therefore, hackers targets Windows.
    I'm not sure, but even if Vista was more secure than the current OS on Mac, it will have much more virus.
     
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    anything's hackable ( even the DS )...MAc's don't have much viruses due to the fact of FreeBSD and is harder to hack but Macs do have viruses...they just don't get affected...
     
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    but so what...Macs may suck to you...but still...who cares if they are not as widely used as Windows...the point is that Macs still are hard to get affected by a virus [​IMG]
     
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    Macs are in no way immune to exploitation as was demonstrated recently by hijacking a macbook via its wireless airport card. But i agree that it was smart to base the core of OSX on FreeBSD(5.1 I think?). FreeBSD isnt the most secure OS out there, OpenBSD is. only 2 remote exploits in the installer in over 10 years!

    The aqua engine that sits on top of the unix core has many potential shortcomings that can be "hacked", but there isn't much interest.

    Oh, Steve Jobs please lower your shitty prices and buy a regular T-shirt.
     
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    Macs Suck! OHHH BURN X3
     
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    i agree, macs dont get many viruses because its not as popular also means of spreading it sucks, least 4:1 windows to mac ratio imo, so if someone writes a mac virus it pretty much doesnt get far, and the same reason windows virus spreads like wild fire

    i have to say mac are ok for graphic editing but i rather have windows or linux any day, makes me wonder, is there more linux then mac?
     

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