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Are Macintosh computers susceptible to viruses?


I don't hear much talk about viruses and other goodies attacking Macintosh computers -- I suspect that this is because Windows machines are so prevalent. However, I use a Mac at home for internet and email. My question is: since Macs will not understand .exe and probably batch files, are they just as susceptible to virus attack? What style of virus will attack the Mac?

FYI -- I've been using Mac for BBS and then internet use for years without ever receiving virus attack. Only rarely have I used a virus protection application.

Thanks for your input,

JB in Mesa


This question was answered on April 23, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

A: Hello and thank you for sending your question.

Yes, you are right! Windows are more widely used than any other out there in the market and that is why there are a lot of people who are greatly affected also when there is a new "bug" that comes out, however, any machine whether a Windows or a Mac is just as susceptible as the other next door Otherwise, Anti-virus software giant like Symantec, maker of Norton products and McAfee for McAfee products do not have to create Macintosh compatible anti-virus products Just like Windows users, there are a lot of different viruses, worms, and Trojan horses that are designed for Macintosh users You can log on to the following website:

and view the list of Macintosh Viruses.

I hope this helps you with your question Good luck!



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Posted by Leonida of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on April 23, 2001