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Mayo
post Mar 18 2005, 01:33 AM
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Ratio of the number of computer viruses targeting Microsoft Windows-based computers to those that target Macs: 1,000:1

from the March 2005 Harper's Index

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post Mar 18 2005, 10:46 AM
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if the "71,000" figure I've heard is anywhere near accurate, I'd say the ratio is at least twice that and maybe even closer to 4000:1, even counting the OS 9 bugs. If you limit it to OS X, the ratio becomes astronomical! But most any unix based OS would show the same ratio, I'd think.

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post Mar 18 2005, 06:13 PM
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I'll tell you... Windoze users sure get defensive about the whole issue of viruses and spyware too! WOW.gif

I called my ISP tech support the other night because my internet connection has been some kind of slow on both machines for a couple of weeks now... the techie on the phone suggests I might have spyware right off the bat... "oh no" says I "I'm on a Mac!

"That doesn't mean you can't have spyware!" says he... turns out he's a Win2000 user and fan... doh.gif

He also declared that Linux and Unix are "next" for being targeted with viruses... blink.gif OooooKay!

Anyway turns out my problem was with the signal strength coming into my modem... not spyware and a cable guy had to come out to fix it...
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post Mar 18 2005, 06:45 PM
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I hope you didn't let him in the house! They are all spies, you know! Paranoid.gif eek2.gif rolleyes.gif


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post Mar 18 2005, 06:52 PM
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Not to worry... he had my dog "glued to his butt" the whole time... toothgrin.gif

He's such a little watchdog! police.gif

Some "spy" anyway... *LOL** he asks me to open the PB after he was finished futzing with the modem... scratches his head and says... "that's a Macintosh!" Well DUH!!!
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post Mar 20 2005, 07:14 PM
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The 5,000:1 figure is incorrect. As of February 18 of 2005, there were over 115,000 known Windows viruses in circulation, and new viruses are discovered at the rate of about 35,000 per year, or almost 100 new viruses per day. The number of OS X viruses has remained stable at exactly 0. That means the ratio of Windows viruses to Mac viruses is about 115,000:0.

Microsoft has said over and over and over that there are more Windows viruses than Mac viruses because there are more Windows computersthan Mac computers, and as Nazi propogandist Hermann Goering said, any lie that is repeated often enough will be believed as the truth.

The truth is, there areviruses that target specific software packages like the program Black Ice (a Windows firewall)andSymantec Norton Internet Security (a caching Web program), even though fewer people use those programs than Macs. In fact, there are new viruses circulating for AmigaDOS, and far fewer people use AmigaDOS than Macs.

If people are willing to write viruses for rare and obscure operating systems like AmigaDOS, why are there no Mac OS X viruses? Answer: Mac OS X is secure from the ground up. Because of certain architectural decisions inherent in the design of OS X, it isalmost impossible to write an OS X virus; the things that virus writers need to do are difficult or impossible to do in OS X without the user's intervention.


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post Mar 20 2005, 08:46 PM
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Just came across this. smile.gif

Why Viruses Have Trouble Penetrating the Mac

http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/securi...rity/41185.html


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post Mar 22 2005, 10:39 AM
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Seems the "1000:1" ratio stated in the first post is hard to pin down. There may be as many "figures" as there are virus'!
<ZDnet UK> WOW.gif Only "5,000...daily...bot-scanning...[attacks]"! That sounds comforting to me! doh.gif

Wait, should I put this in the "Jokes" thread... Thinking.gif


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post Mar 22 2005, 03:49 PM
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Kelly, thanks for the link to the article that led me to clamXav. I scanned my Eudora folder and five Windows worms were located in the Attachments folder; I now have Eudora configured to automaticallly trash attachments along with the messages.
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post Mar 24 2005, 12:34 AM
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If you read the "report" carefully you will note that the way they couch their prognosis actually doesn't claim that OS X is vulnerable. They only say that :

"Contrary to popular belief, the Macintosh operating system has not always been a safe haven from malicious code," said the report, which was issued on Monday.

True, Mac OS prior to X did have a few viruses and worms.

"It is now clear that the Mac OS is increasingly becoming a target for the malicious activity that is more commonly associated with Microsoft and various Unix (news - web sites)-based operating systems."

Target does not mean success at hitting it. You can sue all you want but it doesn't count unless you win in court. You can target the OS but that doesn't mean you'll crack it.
Hacker attacks may increase but there is no evidence they will work.

This article release by Symantec was only a ploy to boost their stock and sales. dry.gif

Mayo, make sure you read the FAQ that comes with ClamXav. There are a few oddities that might give you fits down the road if you aren't aware of them.

http://www.markallan.co.uk/clamXav//index.....php?page=FAQ#1
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post Mar 24 2005, 01:00 AM
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Any "oddities" in particular that caught your attention? I had the FAQ before downloading clamXav but nothing sent up a red flag. I have it configured so that my e-mail files will not be moved; that was the only thing that might get a person freakin' out (WHERE IS ALL MY E-MAIL?????) and for good reason!
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