Mac and the latest virus

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I hear there is a bad virus spreading. Is this a Windows virus like wanna cry?

Is there anything in need to do with Mac El Capitan?

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I am unaware of any such Mac virus. Can you post a link to where you got this information?
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The virus you refer to spreads via emails to unpatched Windows machines.  Do not open emails from strangers and you do not (I think) have SMBv1 on your MAC, so nothing to worry about. Just use your wits and pay attention.
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Windows programs do not run properly on a Mac.  Viruses and trojans are just programs that do something malicious.  You have to write a different program to attack a Mac and then it won't work on a Windows system.
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The article you posted is (by now) well known. It is does not say MAC computers were affected. Fully patched Windows machines are largely unaffected as well.
@newbieweb - the virus being reported  "Petya " is again a version of ransomware .. and again it is exclusively affecting and targeting WINDOWS (and only windows systems with a specific flaw which up to date systems will have removed) so all versions of Apple OSX are unaffected and not even susceptible if you were to get an email and click on any link.

In theory if you're running old unpatched versions of Windows in a VM such as Parallels or Fusion and if you open an email on those systems with the ransomware link and if you click that link .. then the VM COULD be affected but it is a lot of IFs. Even if the VM was affected the OSX system would be untouched.
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thanks
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You are very welcome and I was happy to help.

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