12 Replies Latest reply: Apr 10, 2009 10:08 PM by megiddo777
osubuckeyes220 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
With it being April Fools Day and with all the virus talk going around the web, I was curious if IPhone currently has an antivirus program with it. Is there one built into the phone or is there a program in the apps store? Very curious. Tahnks!!

HP, Windows Vista
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    No there isn't, which isn't required.

    There are no viruses that infect or affect OS X, and the iPhone runs an optimized version of OS X.

    And even if there were, you can't install anything on an iPhone from a website or from a received email except photos, and I haven't heard about a Windows virus being embedded in a jpeg file.
  • bobveznat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This is simply not true. There are plenty of viruses that infect and affect OS X. Go to your favorite Anti-Virus company's website (mcafee.com, sophos.com) and search for Mac. No shortage of viruses.

    Compared to a more popular OS, yes, OS X has far fewer viruses. Fewer is not zero.
  • nick101 Level 5 Level 5 (4,180 points)
    Agreed. While we OSX users are lucky in that, to date, we haven't suffered from widespread virus attacks, we should not be complacent. OSX isn't magic, it's just not as widespread as Another OS, so it's not as big a target.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    Yes this is true.

    There are no viruses, by the definition of a virus, that infects or affects OS X - none, zero, nada. By definition of a virus means that spreads from Mac to Mac without the infected user's knowledge.
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    Macafee wants to sell you software. There are no viruses for the Mac. A virus works by spreading itself and Macs don't spread viruses.
  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,275 points)
    Mac's may not be affected by viruses. But, mac users can spread a virus, via email to window users.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    A Mac user can't spread a Windows virus. A Mac user can forward a file as an email attachment that is infected with a Windows virus to a Windows user just as between fellow Windows users, and since all Windows users must run anti-virus software or should do so along with keeping virus definitions up to date, it isn't my responsibility to waste my computer resources checking for Windows viruses in order to protect a Windows user only since they must or should already be doing so themselves anyway.
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (59,895 points)
    bobveznat wrote:
    This is simply not true. There are plenty of viruses that infect and affect OS X. Go to your favorite Anti-Virus company's website (mcafee.com, sophos.com) and search for Mac. No shortage of viruses.

    Compared to a more popular OS, yes, OS X has far fewer viruses. Fewer is not zero.


    You couldn't be more wrong.
  • nick101 Level 5 Level 5 (4,180 points)
    Can you explain a bit more please.
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (59,895 points)
    nick101 wrote:
    Can you explain a bit more please.


    Read the other replies for an explanation.
  • The Dude Abides Level 4 Level 4 (1,835 points)
    Using Macs since 1995. NO viruses EVER except when my sister-in-law sent us an email from U.C. Berkeley that contained a Word macrovirus. And that did nothing to my setup. One reason I don't put a Windows environment on my Intel Mac is viruses. At work, using Windows, all kinds of problems that IT has to handle. Things spread from machine to machine, someone's address book is accessed and we all get crud sent to us. Windows=viruses; Mac=no viruses. If someone is trying to sell you a virus protection for a Mac environment, how about sending me the money instead? 'Cause you're just throwing it away buying that stuff.
  • megiddo777 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I hate to even talk about this because I don't want to give anyone any ideas, but I've been a Mac user since 1989 and I've never had a virus. I held my breath during Y2K (got a chuckle out of the Hal commercial taking a swipe at PCs).

    I've seen the rest of my family laugh at me for my loyalty to mac, but I've also seen them get virus after virus.

    I'm not saying there's no mac viruses out there - I've just never run into one.