Virus Alert for Mac Users

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
November 6, 2007 2:03pm CST
I just wanted to pass on this information that I got from my newsletter. It seems that there is a Trojan Horse virus that has adapted so it can infect Mac computers. The newsletter states that it attacks via video codecs. It will ask you to download a certain program when you try to watch a video. It then will ask you for information about your system so that it will be able to spread throughout the system. If you are using a Mac, be careful when you select a video to watch.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
6 Nov 07
I don't have a mac, but I did start a discussion about an e-mail I received this morning about a virus attacking IE 7, but no one responded. Do you know anything about it?
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
7 Nov 07
I posted a discussion on that last week, carmelanirel, also it is a flaw in IE7 that allows a virus to get into your system. I also gave an alert about a flaw in the Firefox browser, but they have since corrected it because I got the download a couple of days later.
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• United States
7 Nov 07
Thanks I will check out that discussion..:)
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Nov 07
Yeesh...as you know I do have a Mac computer. What kind of videos? I rarely watch videos except maybe a few YouTube ones but haven't done that in awhile. There been a few times I did want to watch a news related video but then it opens up to a page saying I need some kind of "windows" video download..I've avoided that like the plague since my one friend who is also a die-hard Mac user warned me about downloading anything windows related, and I've taken her advice to heart One time out of the blue, I got this "alert" which I've never, ever gotten saying that they detected viruses in my computer and to download this "system" As far as I know this is not a usual practice. So what it started to do was download automatically without my doing anything..I immediately shut down my computer. Even my Mac friend thought it weird--I think by shutting down my computer immediately before the program downloaded is what helped. As far as I know my computer is okay.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
7 Nov 07
They didn't specify which videos to avoid, pyewacket. If you are asked to download anything before you can watch a video, don't do it. These people have gotten more and more sneaky.
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
6 Nov 07
Thanks for the heads up. I use both a Mac and PC and rarely think of viruses attacking my Mac. Now I will be on the lookout for that one.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
7 Nov 07
They did point out the fact that it has been a long time since Mac users had to worry about being attacked by a virus, but some people have too much time on their hands and continue to search for ways to make others miserable.