Why don’t macs get viruses?

by on September 8, 2009

Q: Why don’t macs get viruses?

One Response to “Why don’t macs get viruses?”

    This is really a difficult question to answer. If I were to say there are architectural differences between OS X, which runs on a Mac, and Windows that makes it less likely for a computer running OS X to get a virus, there would be people who would argue that is incorrect or that Windows could be setup the same way.

    If I were to say people who run OS X are less likely to download random files on the internet and run them then I would probably get a lot of hate mail. There are less programs on the internet to download though but this goes along with the next option.

    I think the best answer that one could give to this question right now is that it is a numbers game. If someone is going to spend a lot of time writing a virus then they are going to make sure it effects as many people as possible. There are considerable more computers out there running Windows than there are running OS X so it only makes sense that people would target Windows based computers.