Solved: Mac Computer question on spyware,adware,antivirus programs-Can I use the same ones

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I am going to help a person clean up there computer. They have a Mac computer. I was just wondering. Haven't worked on Mac's. Can you use the same programs like adware SE, spybot, spyblaster, ie-spyad, scriptdefender, ewido, etc as on other computers? I know some downloads say to use one for windows and one for macontosh, so if they don't say that means the program can be run on either? And do you run Hijackthis the same as you would on any other computer? Any infomation will help. Thanks

Can someone give me some info on this?
 

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None of those work on MACs

very few spywares will attack macs

and I am moving this to the Mac forum as it's so specialised that security isn't the right place for this one
 
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there are no viruses or adware affecting a Mac. That said the direction you should be moving is to use ONYX http://www.titanium.free.fr/pgs/english.html to run and cron the unix routines and optomizations also use disk utility nbuilt into a mac to restore disk permissions or in Onyx (free utility). Also run Alsoft Diskwarrior ( www.alsoft.com ) from the cd to optimize the operating system by rebuilding the directory. Should do very well with this strategy to optimize your Mac. There are NO viruses or adware affecting a Mac.
 

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macguru said:
there are no viruses or adware affecting a Mac. There are NO viruses or adware affecting a Mac.

That is NOT correct

There are Very FEW viruses & adwares/spywares that affect a MAC but they do exist and are steadily increasing

The informed opinion in the AV community and several of the researchers use Macs as a test bed to run programs that examine malware is that any *nix virus/worm can affect a Mac as well
The *nix worms are on the increase and intended to attack servers and macs get the fall out

There are also a few Mac specific viruses/trojans/worms and they are steadily increasing as Macs become more mainstream and it becomes worth writing them as there will be some benefit to then writer as more macs are in use and worth infecting
 
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I am not aware of any viruses or adware for Mac OS X nor do i believe does anyone else in the mac tech support community. I am sure I am correct but if you are aware of any viruses or adware on the Mac please post them rather than discussing something without factual backup. No viruses zero viruses affect Mac OS X and that is that no unix viruses affect Mac os x the kernels are different. Facts please not speculation or what you think is correct please.
You are speaking without experience on the Mac side.
 
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I have always heard from people(usually pro windows folks) that there are Mac OSX viruses, but no one can name any. No one I have spoken to has ever had one. Search this forum for mac viruses. There are no actual virues found. Search the windows forums. the majority of the problems are spyware/virus issues.

Although on my PC I don't get viruses. I don't know why so many people do. I guess i just keep it clean.
 
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eeeeh Whats up Doc?
That would be for Mac classic or os 9 as there was no Mac OS X at that time....repeat there are NO viruses or adware on Mac OS X........
 
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I never said the virus was for OS X. I said Microsoft Office, I would expect you to know the difference with your name and all.
 
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This thread has been about viruses on Mac OS X yes that would be a Microsoft Office Macro Virus. Ok the posts here are misleading now and I would respoectfully submit that there be some honesty so as not to mislead people.
 
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OK we're all good here thanks OS 9 has a few viruses and word macro viruses. Mac OS 9 is ALSO way obsolete. Mac OS X can have malware applications that delete critical OS parts but unless you are downloading illegally obtained software where such things would be hidden away it is doubtful those types of programs would be encountered. No viruses or adware exist on OS X no adware exists for os 9. Glad we reach an understanding here.
 
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