AVG: Macs Susceptible to Viruses, Too

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Blues22475

I never though once that MAC products (along with anything that isn't Microsoft or Apple) is free of viruses. So long as people continue to try exploits or write viruses for different oses, nothing is safe (less likely sure, but immune to them is impossible).

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WarlordComputers

From this Hackers frame of mind, Why would any hacker write a virus for a virus?

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whitneymr

For the sheer evil fun of listening to them let out a wounded scream at Starbucks  when they crash and burn. Maybe someone could write a hack that would install Flash that would be fun!

 

Your Mother was a hampster and your Father smelled of elderberries.  Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time.

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Havok

 Wow, 22,5000 some odd Macs affected by malware. That's like, all of them!

 

 

YES! This post made it through the Spam Filter!

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Engelsstaub

Too bad there's not a filter for posts that have "numbers" like 22,5000 in them. 

YES I'm kidding (and trolling.) I'm not a math whiz either.

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gothliciouz

and to think that i was thinking about getting a mac to solve my problems with viruses/spywares!...clearly this is not good news.

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someuid

Don't tell them!  If you do they will be prepared!  We don't want them prepared!  We want to wipe the smug smiles off their faces.

 Someone tell AVG to be quiet.  They'll get a lot more market share if they'd just give the malware writters a bit more time.

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PawBear

 Wait for it... "There's an app for that"

"Either we conform the Truth to our desires or we conform our desires to the Truth."

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Caboose

 boo-hiss

 

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IFLATLINEI

Cmon all Apple users gather around please! Everyone here? Wait wheres Ean? Ean come over here please! Ok now everyone listen up. All you Apple users are IDIOTS! Thanks thats all. ;)

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r3dd4wg

Obviously, the Mac users are holding their computers wrong.  That's how the viruses, trojans, malware, scam-ware, bot-loaders, rootkits, keyloggers, etc. etc. etc. are getting in.

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Julyjules

Hey Stevie, sue the crap out of AVG, they're insulting your holy products!! 

Will be great to quote AVG next time someone tells me how viruses only exist for PCs, not for Macs! 

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fusobotic

I suppose Steve Jobs will say they're getting infected because they didn't use the device right and that it's a "non-issue". Just like he said for the bad reception in iPhone 4.

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Caboose

 It's because they were all browsing pr0n and downloading warez! If they just used their mac for what it was intented, a nice heavy paperweight, then they'd be fine!

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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Monstrosity

avg link scanner for mac is free.

edit. oops supposed to be @ lunchbox

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lunchbox73

Gotcha. I obviously didn't know that.

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Monstrosity

I do somewhat agree with your initial statement though. link scanner is a small part of their security suite. avg is most likely testing the waters with it to see if its worth making a full paid security application. after all businesses are here to make money, why not expand to a new platform?

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lunchbox73

What's the answer? Install AVG of course! Seriously, I don't care if this is true or not and I don't give a rip about Mac security but this is just and ad for AVG's product. It's not really news.

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Ntldr

Only a Mac fanboy would post something like that.  This isn't them saying buy our product nowhere in their comments did they say hey we can help.  They said that Macs need some type of AV.  Most mac users, like the article points out, think there is no need for AV software because it is a mac and AVG and a few other companies a proving this flawed thinking wrong.  Maybe you need to learn context and how to read an article not just see AVG saying Mac is vulnerable so they must want me to buy it. 

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lunchbox73

I stand by my comment. Read the very first paragraph:

"Two weeks ago AVG announced its LinkScanner software for the Mac
platform designed to keep "Mac users safe from increasing intensity and
sophistication of Web attacks." Perhaps the Mac faithful didn't take too
kindly to the release, as AVG felt compelled to follow-up the
announcement with some sobering statistics for Mac users."

Translation: AVG released a product for Mac and saw lackluster sales. AVG says, "You really do need this guys, come on, buy our stuff please!"

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brotherj

Where'd you expect the announcement to come from? A refrigerator salesman??

THIS JUST IN! A company that makes antivirus software does extensive research to see if it's necessary. Turns out....it is.

I'm with you lunchbox...I'm gonna stop throwing my money at all those condom company's too while I'm at it. And those free clinics don't fool me....they just wanna scam me so I'll buy later.

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Ntldr

Considering the LinkScanner is free and AVG has a free version for people to use I think you are wrong.  And like I said in my previous post you saw them pointing out a vulnerability in Mac and jumped to oh they only want us to buy something.  They made an announcement that Macs were not as safe as they are, two weeks later they made a follow up statement with the proof of the vulnerabilities. 

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lunchbox73

Ya, I didn't realize linkscanner was free before I started flapping my gums.

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mesiah

It's rare to see someone admit they were wrong or not totally informed in an internet argument. It's easier to just run and hide in the next thread :) Hats off to you my man!

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