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And there is still not Mac virus's, just a little Mac Malware.

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000737.htm

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Are_there_any_viruses_in_Mac

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12537279/ns/technology_and_science-security/t/macs-no-longer-immune-viruses-experts-say/#.T5khAbOmiRw

And even if there were no viruses today, the fact that apples are becoming more and more popular are the exact reason that viruses will become more and more popular on them.
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http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000737.htm
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Are_there_any_viruses_in_Mac
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12537279/ns/technology_and_science-security/t/macs-no-longer-immune-viruses-experts-say/#.T5khAbOmiRw
And even if there were no viruses today, the fact that apples are becoming more and more popular are the exact reason that viruses will become more and more popular on them.

that is all true but remeber very little on a Mac auto execute.
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that is all true but remeber very little on a Mac auto execute.

I agree, but you can't say something doesn't exist when it does. I agree, Mac has a lot of nice things that keep viruses to a minimum including the constant updates and the way it runs, on top of the low amount of users as compared to PC, ect. ect. but it isn't impossible for a Mac to have a virus and they do exist. It may not be as common as PC, and I'll also agree that PC has a ridiculous amount of viruses, malware, spyware and hundreds of other things that'll potentially cause harm to the computer and that COMPARED to PC, Mac has next to nothing in the terms of viruses, but they DO exist. I'm honestly counting down the days until Macs are slammed with viruses so all these "Macs are the only kind of computer anyone should get" kind of people realize they were wrong because this 600,000 malware infection wasn't even enough. :/ Nothing against Macs, just the hot-headed people who think theyre the only choice (because they compare 1,200 Macs to $200 PCs tongue.gif)

And i just want to add that i am not trying to insult anyone in anyway, this isn't directed toward anyone in particular nor is it directed to all Mac Fans, but rather just the people who put themselves over PC users because they believe in (mostly) false facts about Macs
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I agree, but you can't say something doesn't exist when it does. I agree, Mac has a lot of nice things that keep viruses to a minimum including the constant updates and the way it runs, on top of the low amount of users as compared to PC, ect. ect. but it isn't impossible for a Mac to have a virus and they do exist. It may not be as common as PC, and I'll also agree that PC has a ridiculous amount of viruses, malware, spyware and hundreds of other things that'll potentially cause harm to the computer and that COMPARED to PC, Mac has next to nothing in the terms of viruses, but they DO exist. I'm honestly counting down the days until Macs are slammed with viruses so all these "Macs are the only kind of computer anyone should get" kind of people realize they were wrong because this 600,000 malware infection wasn't even enough. :/ Nothing against Macs, just the hot-headed people who think theyre the only choice (because they compare 1,200 Macs to $200 PCs tongue.gif)
And i just want to add that i am not trying to insult anyone in anyway, this isn't directed toward anyone in particular nor is it directed to all Mac Fans, but rather just the people who put themselves over PC users because they believe in (mostly) false facts about Macs

I can because I can find just as many sources that Mac's don't have any virus's..bad stuff yes virus's by definition no.

I'm "all in" mac and OSX simply put I don't own a computer that doesn't run OSX, so thats naturally going to skew any search torward doesn't. People have been screaming virus on Mac since the Intel change, and some nasty crap has come around but not virus.

"A virus must meet two criteria:

It must execute itself. It often places its own code in the path of execution of another program.
It must replicate itself. For example, it may replace other executable files with a copy of the virus infected file. Viruses can infect desktop computers and network servers alike."
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And there is still not Mac virus's, just a little Mac Malware.

proof.gif

It's semantics anyway. Malware is not any better or worse than a virus.

EDIT: To your post directly above mine, it's semantics.
Edited by james_ant - 4/26/12 at 8:34am
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And there is still not Mac virus's, just a little Mac Malware.
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It's semantics anyway. Malware is not any better or worse than a virus.
EDIT: To your post directly above mine, it's semantics.

So are you guys saying that malware does not include viruses, or that the Mac has a type of malware that is not as bad as a virus? When I Google what malware means, I get definitions stating that it's a word that means any bad software, including a virus.

I just want to know the correct definition of malware because it's beginning to confuse me in these threads.
    
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Technically malware is any kind of malicious software or malicious code, according to Wikipedia.
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So are you guys saying that malware does not include viruses, or that the Mac has a type of malware that is not as bad as a virus? When I Google what malware means, I get definitions stating that it's a word that means any bad software, including a virus.
I just want to know the correct definition of malware because it's beginning to confuse me in these threads.

Malware does include viruses. 'Mal'-- meaning malicious; 'ware'-- meaning software. Malware is anything from a worm, a virus, a Trogan, etc. Malware is a term that is a general reference to any malicious type of software.
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I'm sorry but OSX is still secure as ever, just because there was 1 Java exploit which accounts to one malware which has been fixed compared to the thousands found on windows... It's just not comparable. The media is just being sensasionalistic as ever because it's apple.
You miss the point, the reason for low amount of the malware in Mac is due to nobody make them because Mac have low market share. Now, as Mac gain popularity hacker and malware makers are starting to target it as well, but due to traditionally not much malware on Mac, the protection is not as good as Window. By the way, there is more than one malware on Mac, it is just you only saw one in the news. Funny that news have not report any major window malware for this month compare to the two recent ones on Mac from what I saw.
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but a virus has to be able to auto execute, which it can't do in OSX..

Did we read the thread or just the title and comment?
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