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Firefly2001 Calculating status...
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Jun 8, 2013 10:19 PM

I communicate with a friend who has a Windows PC. Her PC got hacked. When she took it to the repair shop, it opened her Amazon account and showed my email address as having accessed her Amazon account. It turned out to be a Trojan. I don't know if it's possible for a trojan to access my MacBook Pro or my iMac. Can anyone weigh in on this issue? I'm very concerned.

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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,025 points)
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    Jun 8, 2013 10:22 PM (in response to Firefly2001)

    As of now there are no malware threats against Macs, and you should remain adequately protected by keeping your OS properly updated. Malware protection is built-in OS X, and it is updated as long as you are online or update your OS X software.

     

    Helpful Links Regarding Malware Protection

     

    An excellent link to read is Tom Reed's Mac Malware Guide.

    Also, visit The XLab FAQs and read Detecting and avoiding malware and spyware.

    See these Apple articles:

     

              Mac OS X Snow Leopard and malware detection

              OS X Lion- Protect your Mac from malware

              OS X Mountain Lion- Protect your Mac from malware

              About file quarantine in OS X

     

    If you require anti-virus protection I recommend using ClamXav.

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,630 points)
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    Jun 8, 2013 10:22 PM (in response to Firefly2001)

    A Trojan horse isn't a virus; they're best protected against by ensuring that you only download software directly from the developer's site.

     

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  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)
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    Jun 8, 2013 11:34 PM (in response to Firefly2001)

    Firefly2001 wrote:

     

    I don't know if it's possible for a trojan to access my MacBook Pro or my iMac.

    Your profile doesn't indicate what OS X you are using on your MBP or iMac. The newer the better, but you need at least a fully up-to-dat OS X 10.6.8 to be protected against currently known Mac malware.

     

    On the other hand, I don't know of any Trojan that would act in this way let alone interact with a PC.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,945 points)
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    Jun 9, 2013 4:32 AM (in response to Firefly2001)

    What exactly does it mean that her Amazon account "showed [your] email address as having accessed her Amazon account"? I have the feeling that there was quite a lot of information lost somewhere between the tech and you, so you may not be able to clarify that statement, but it doesn't make a whole lot of sense as-is.

     

    In any case, her having an infection on her Windows machine does not in any way imply anything about your machine. Whatever is going on with her machine, it's not indicative that you are infected with anything.

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