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Can Viruses on Windows Run While I am Using OSX

409 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 5, 2013 2:05 PM by Csound1 RSS
BlazingRiver Calculating status...
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Jan 4, 2013 1:04 PM

Hi,

Today I ran a Clamxav virus scan on my windows bootcamp partition while using my normal OSX operating system. The scan detected a Trojan.agent in the official google chrome (downloaded from google.com) and a Trojan in the official steam app (both on windows). And then I suddenly remembered one of the reasons I switched to mac D: .

 

Suddenly in my time of need my mac crashes on me in my time of need, possibly because of a memory shortage as the activity monitor when I last checked it said that my scan (that was still running) was apparently using 96% of my memory. Anyway now it's crashed and my whole mac has become unresponsive. I don't want to shut my computer down manually incase if any of my files get corrupted because of the scan being force shut down.

 

So my computer is running on OSX but my question is if any of the viruses on my windows partition can still run and communicate information to their 'master' as there is still a supply of electricity? Sorry if its obvious.

 

Also here are some bonus questions: 1. How could a trusted source e.g. Google and Steam contain viruses if they are downloaded from the original source? and

2. Can iOS devices get viruses and I know this is probably in the wrong but 3. What anti-virus scanner and remover tool do you recommend for windows. The only one I am familiar with is Kaspersky?

 

Many thanks

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,365 points)

    Only one OS at a time, when you are in OSX you are not running Windows, so no transfers are possible. It's the same the other way around.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,480 points)

    BlazingRiver wrote:

     

    So my computer is running on OSX but my question is if any of the viruses on my windows partition can still run and communicate information to their 'master' as there is still a supply of electricity? Sorry if its obvious.

     

    Here's a positive thing: Windows viruses can't run on OS X, but they can be transferred from OS X to other PCs (only if you have them on the OS X volume).

     

    BlazingRiver wrote:

     

    1. How could a trusted source e.g. Google and Steam contain viruses if they are downloaded from the original source? and

     

     

    You could get a virus from a different source that infected Steam and Chrome without any problem. Viruses normally try to infect as many files and programmes as possible.

     

    BlazingRiver wrote:

     

    2. Can iOS devices get viruses and I know this is probably in the wrong but 3. What anti-virus scanner and remover tool do you recommend for windows. The only one I am familiar with is Kaspersky?

     

    iPhones, iPads and iPods touch can't get viruses but they can transfer them to other PCs. For Windows, I recommend Microsoft Security Essentials

  • saturnotaku Calculating status...
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    Jan 4, 2013 1:24 PM (in response to mende1)

    I've found MSE to be largely ineffective against new and emerging threats. The free version of Avast antivirus offers superior protection in this regard, is lighter on resources, and comes with a very nice built-in search/URL scanner.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,365 points)

    And my experience is the exact opposite, MSE works and Avast is mediocre.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,365 points)

    Delete your Windows partition and make a new one.

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)

    My experience is not the same as yours. MSE in my opinion is much superior than Avast.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,365 points)

    You can reinstall from the same media you originally installed W7 from.

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