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Are anti-virus programs a real necessity?
Posted 25 June 2008 - 07:57 PM
Posted 26 June 2008 - 01:39 AM
and yeah it is good to make backups which unfortunately i can't.
Posted 26 June 2008 - 06:12 AM
Posted 26 June 2008 - 12:18 PM
Posted 26 June 2008 - 12:45 PM
And anyways 'I Dee Ten Tee' errors cause the majority of viruses.
Posted 26 June 2008 - 01:46 PM
I never knew about blue either, but I knew about, white, gray and black.
Hmm guess so, I'd never heard of a Blue Hat hacker. Always generalized hackers as being white or black (lol).
Posted 26 June 2008 - 05:48 PM
Posted 26 June 2008 - 07:36 PM
It's not just Windows viruses are written for. Macs and Linux both suffer from viruses, albeit on a lesser scale, and even things like Xbox 360s have been subjected to viruses.
This is a common misconception. The simple fact is that on a unix-based OS, it is IMPOSSIBLE for a website to create executable files. A file must be chmod'd +x before it can EVER execute. Unix, when implemented properly (linux, bsd (which includes mac os X)) is effectively virus-proof. The only threat to a unix-based system is that of trojan programs, which can easily be detected. And even if I did execute a virus, it would only be able to corrupt MY files, and not system files or others whose permissions prevent my userid from editing them.
for more info, try:
File system permissions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Note to new Linux users: No antivirus needed
The short life and hard times of a Linux virus
Linux vs. Windows Viruses
... that seems enough.
Ha, wow, I usually don't cite sources.
Posted 27 June 2008 - 06:04 AM
Unix, when implemented properly (linux, bsd (which includes mac os X)) is effectively virus-proof.
That is simply not correct. I will find some sources on viruses that have appeared on these systems, because they have.
A List of Linux Viruses... Linux malware - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mac Virus Links...
Macs no longer immune to viruses - Security - MSNBC.com
Viruses and the Mac FAQ
If you don't want to read that entire thing ^^^, it says there are about 40 known Mac OS viruses.
Mac Viruses By The Numbers - Word Macro: 553, Classic Mac: 26, OS X: Zero || The Mac Observer
This site says that McAfee has 612 virus in their library, then they do some figuring and say there may be as little as 26 actual viruses though, as a result of hoaxes and other things.
Edited by MeTh0Dz, 27 June 2008 - 06:10 AM.
Posted 27 June 2008 - 07:53 AM
Posted 27 June 2008 - 07:59 AM