Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/175083/htg-explains-do-non-windows-platforms-like-mac-android-ios-and-linux-get-viruses/
Viruses and other types of malware seem largely confined to Windows in the real world. Even on a Windows 8 PC, you can still get infected with malware. But how vulnerable are other operating systems to malware?
Android also checks sideloaded apps. The photo you have in the Droid section is actually an app being sideloaded.
Oh, and at the title picture: Don't kill the poor laptop! What has it done to you? Other than running Vista, of course.
This was a very well written article. Most virus/malware problems on windows can be averted with free software and a little common sense. Unfortunately the latter is a rare commodity these days.
Vista wasn't that bad. Although I may just believe that because I upgrade from ME.
Great read! I always sum it up to popularity. Notorious B.I.G. and Puffy said it best, "Mo money, mo problems."
Don't forget your history! The very first malware on the 'net was written for UNIX in the days when that was pretty much the only operating system that could even access the Internet (or was it still in the old uucp/pre-www days?!) There were plenty of exploits available on UNIX early on, but since the community was very tech-savvy, since most systems were running BSD (rather than proprietary versions of UNIX), and, even if they weren't, the same commands and infrastructure were available to pretty much everyone. When the way to close the security hole was shared, the instructions would work on virtually any platform!
The only way to prevent malware from infecting any system regardless of OS, is to not switch it on and use it at all! Risks can be minimised, but not entirely eliminated.
i have an old android phone, i got the fbi virus on it (oops) and i had avast installed on it.
i had to reinstall android on it. be careful!