6 Replies Latest reply: May 12, 2011 10:52 PM by rnawky
Mom godess Level 1 Level 1

I just bought an IPAD 2 and was on Goggle and all of a sudden, in one of the webpages were viruses and apple told me my system was infected.  Do we need a virus protection?

iPad 2
  • HyperNova Software Level 6 Level 6

    I don't know who you talked to at Apple but they gave you incorrect advice.


    There is NO WAY to infect an iPad with a virus.

  • deggie Level 9 Level 9

    There are no iPad viruses as you can't download anything other than apps from the appstore and media from iTunes. What you are seeing is a scam that tries to get you to buy their antivirus software to clean the virus. Ignore it and move on.

  • Allan Eckert Level 9 Level 9

    I doubt seriously that Apple actually told you that your system was infected. This sounds more like the scamware that is going around claiming to be apple Security. There is no way for something on the web to actually determine if a computer is infected. You do not need AV software.






  • rnawky Level 1 Level 1

    There are ways to get a virus on the iPad, although none exist out in the wild. Applications are sandboxed so one application can't alter another in any way.  However, Apple thinks they're above everyone else so they don't sandbox their apps like Safari (even though there is no reason not to). Because of this, there has already been multiple exploits for iOS ranging from something as simple an a .png image executing arbitrary shell code to a pdf or even a text message being able to do the same. Granted these were already fixed, but there's always one more exploit just waiting to be found.

  • deggie Level 9 Level 9

    As was stated by others, currently there are no viruses in the wild that can infect an iOS device and regardless there is no antivirus software that can be purchased. There have been some exploits that have actually affected iDevices but with the exception of the text message exploit all were on jailbroken phones.


    What does a text message exploit have to do with Safari? (That's a rhetorical question so no need to answer).

  • rnawky Level 1 Level 1

    No, it does need an answer because you couldn't be more wrong. Safari was effected by the png exploit which was the first exploit on the iPhone. You could simply go to a website with a specially created png image and it would execute shell code. All of the exploits were available on non-jailbroken devices. It was how some devices were jailbroken in the first place. The SMS attack was due to the Messages app not being sandboxed either.