Why You Don’t Hear About Mac Computers Getting Viruses

Can You Get A Virus On A Mac?

Yes, you can. It is completely possible for a computer running Mac OS to get a virus. However, the chance of a Mac user getting a virus compared to a Windows user is extremely low. Read on to find out why.

1. Programs do not have access to the root of the computer

When I say this, I mean that programs can not make any base line level changes to your computer without permission, and there is no way past this. Whenever a program needs to make changes to your computer, you will be prompted to type in your password when it is requesting to do so. Because of this, you will never have to worry about drive by downloads, or hidden virus installations or trojans.

On a Windows computer, you can be on a malware infected website, and have a virus download and run on your computer without any knowledge whatsoever. On a Mac, hidden virus installations are never an issue.


2. Mac OS is not as popular

The fact that virus makers can not make easily installable viruses is a big issue for them. It takes more effort to successfully infect someone’s Mac computer then someone’s Windows computer. On top of that, there are much less Mac users then Windows users. So, why should someone spend more time developing a virus that won’t infect as many people? It doesn’t make as much sense, and that’s another reason why Mac users do not get infected as often.


3. Antivirus Programs Can Not Be Beat

After reading reasons 1 and 2, it wouldn’t be unfair to assume that there aren’t near as many Mac viruses as there are Windows viruses. This is a big plus for Mac antiviruses. Because there are less Mac viruses, antivirus scanners are able to detect and remove Mac viruses much more easily then Windows antivirus scanners.


Because of these three reasons, you do not hear about Mac computers getting a virus nearly as often as Windows computers. Can a Mac get a virus? Yes, they can. If someone tells you they can’t, tell them otherwise. Why not do them a favor and show them this article? Wonderful security is one of the many reasons I purchased my MacBook Pro, and years later, I’ve still never had any viruses.

4 thoughts on “Why You Don’t Hear About Mac Computers Getting Viruses”

  1. I think it’s time for me to Mac Up! I love the fact that I must be prompted before any program can access or make changes to sensitive areas of my computer. I have had so much trouble in the past with viruses, I have opted for automatic renewal of my antivirus software which helps a great deal, but from what I am reading here – Mac is the computer to beat. There you go Mac, expensive, but worth every penny. I must get on board. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I will have to tell my Mom about this article. She was just telling me today that mac’s cannot get infected by viruses. She was partly right, in that obviously Mac’s have a far less chance of being infected with a virus than a PC. I am very interested in Internet security and in fact have a blog about Internet security, so I found this post really helpful. If you have time to visit my website I’d really apprecaite your feedback. I found your blog through the website babble forum.

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