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Research from security company Sophos finds one in every five Mac computers carries malware.
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"Some Mac users may be relieved that they are seven times more likely to have Windows viruses, spyware and Trojans on their Macs than Mac OS X-specific malware, but Mac malware is surprisingly commonly encountered," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, in a statement.

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Though not a widespread as on Windows, Mac's are beginning to have trouble too.
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Also, about 1 in 36 Macs were carrying malware specifically targeting the Mac OS X operating system.

So 1 in 5 macs has malware that will only work on Windows? Can malware spread to other Windows machines over a network and install itself? Is this potentially lethal for people on an office network with a bunch of Mac users? The article says that a Mac can pretty much do a drive by, but I thought malware had to be installed almost on purpose, unlike a virus?

I decided to do some reading and answer my own questions. Malware includes all dangerous software. Which solves all of my confusion.

After finding out about this I would be afraid to walk into a Starbucks with a Windows OS.
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At work we saw a mac come in that had windows XP Luna based malware on it. The other techs tried as hard as they could to not laugh but, it was of no use. We don't work on mac and the customer was already leaving by the time i got to the front desk.
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@the idiots who think you don't need antivirus on your macs... oh look guess you do.
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Although Macs aren't directly affected by Windows malware, users aren't in the clear, Sophos warns. They can still spread that malware to PCs "via USB stick, e-mail attachments, website download, or even a silent drive-by installation where the user doesn't realize their Mac's security has been subverted," says Cluley.

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"Some Mac users may be relieved that they are seven times more likely to have Windows viruses, spyware and Trojans on their Macs than Mac OS X-specific malware, but Mac malware is surprisingly commonly encountered,"

That sure is a relief.
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hows this different from linux? that os people use with no AV at all.
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@the idiots who think you don't need antivirus on your macs... oh look guess you do.
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Although Macs aren't directly affected by Windows malware, users aren't in the clear, Sophos warns. They can still spread that malware to PCs "via USB stick, e-mail attachments, website download, or even a silent drive-by installation where the user doesn't realize their Mac's security has been subverted," says Cluley.
You don't. And you don't need it on Windows either. If you're a techie, and don't do anything stupid, you'll be fine.
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You don't. And you don't need it on Windows either. If you're a techie, and don't do anything stupid, you'll be fine.

The problem is the majority of mac users AREN'T techies.
 
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You don't. And you don't need it on Windows either. If you're a techie, and don't do anything stupid, you'll be fine.

As much as I hate to agree with this, it's true.

Most viruses online come from browsing dodgy sites and advertisements. They're both easily remedied with Noscript and Adblock Plus.

Obviously, you don't need active antivirus, but it's always good to have malware removal tools for when you do inevitably catch one. MalwareBytes or SuperAntiSpyware are great choices. Those are the two I keep on a usb drive just in case and they havn't failed me yet.
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As much as I hate to agree with this, it's true.
Most viruses online come from browsing dodgy sites and advertisements. They're both easily remedied with Noscript and Adblock Plus.
Obviously, you don't need active antivirus, but it's always good to have malware removal tools for when you do inevitably catch one. MalwareBytes or SuperAntiSpyware are great choices. Those are the two I keep on a usb drive just in case and they havn't failed me yet.

I take this article as proof of you being very wrong... clearly there is a need for antivirus, even on macs.
 
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