Hersteller, Entwickler, AutorClamXav
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BeschreibungBack in the days before OS X, the number of Viruses, plural of virus.  Note, the term virii doesn’t exist and is wrong!viruses which attacked Macintosh users totalled somewhere between Excluding MS Word macro virusesabout 60 and 80.  Today, the number of viruses actively attacking OS X users is none.  However, this doesn’t mean we should get complacent about checking incoming email attachments or web downloads.Firstly, there’s no guarantee that we Mac users will continue to enjoy the status quo, especially as there is now a small handful of trojans for OS X, but more importantly, the majority of the computing world uses machines running MS Windows, for which an enormous quantity of viruses exist, so we must be vigilant in checking the files we pass on to our friends and colleagues etc.For example, if you’re a …and clearly you are, otherwise you wouldn’t be here, would you?!wise person and you’ve turned off MS Office’s macro support then you’re not going to notice that virus which is hiding inside this month’s edition of Apologies if such a publication exists, however this is a hypothetical situation and any resemblance to any company, publication or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidentalExtreme Ironing.doc which your friend sent you.  If you then forward that document to a Insert your own definition of ‚less wise’less wise person who has not turned off the macro support, then you have most likely just sent him a shiny new Pandora’s Box with a sign saying „Open this end“!

Flippancy aside, I’m sure you get the idea: check the file before opening and/or sending it on to someone else.  This gives you the opportunity to avoid the file altogether or at least copy and paste any vital information into a new document and send that instead.

Don’t forget, if you run VirtualPC or VirtualBox or use any other means to run MS Windows software on your Mac, you can still become infected within that environment and lose valuable data on your Mac.  These programs will run almost any Windows application you tell it to – virus or no virus – it doesn’t know the difference.  Note that ClamXav can only protect you against malware which you download and check on the Mac, so you may still want to install other antivirus software within your Windows environment.


About Lukas Mühle

EDV Techniker und Web Designer aus Leidenschaft. Bin seit mehr als 10 Jahren in der IT Branche tätig.

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