Forum Question: Mac Malware

I’ve recently re-watched your video “Do Macs need Anti-Virus software?”, and I’ve been reading up on malware for the Mac.

Basically, malware that exists for OS X can only be installed by the user – by entering the admin account name and password, right?

An example of this: there was a trojan a couple years ago called OompaLoompa (Leap A – I believe) that looked like a JPEG on the outside, but when opened it would prompt the user for the Admin account name and password.

Now, I do recommend people to install ClamXav – not to scan for Mac Malware, but for Windows Malware (so that people don’t accidentally give their friends a nasty surprise).

Btw: You mentioned Norton A/V in the video… It’s crap on Windows, no doubt that it was and still is crap on OS X. Norton cripples any PC it’s installed on.

Cheers

— Tommy

Comments: 2 Responses to “Mac Malware”

    7/14/10 @ 4:19 pm

    Right. There are trojans out there, but they would require that you download software and install it yourself. Always trust the source of anything you download.
    As for ClamXav, I haven’t tried it. But I don’t like the idea of running system software on your Mac for the sole purpose of preventing Windows viruses. Simply follow good common sense security practices and use anti-virus on Windows.

    Tommy
    7/15/10 @ 3:32 am

    ClamXav only runs when you want it to run. If it always ran, I wouldn’t use it.

    I run Microsoft’s Security Essentials on my Windows machine. But most people I know only have trials installed of Anti-Virus software, or they don’t keep their software up-to-date. I know that isn’t my problem… but hey… :p

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