[Wine] Question about safety in using WINE

James McKenzie jjmckenzie51 at earthlink.net
Sun Jun 20 23:04:47 CDT 2010

doh123 wrote:
> how are you using Wine?
> I guess some viruses might work if you intentionally try to run them in Wine?

Yes it is possible to run Malware under Wine.  The good thing is that it 
did not just infect your entire drive.  Most Windows viruses don't know 
what to make of an HPFS drive.  However, any exe type virus will infect 
.exe files inside of your current Wine directory.  Solution is simple, 
delete the Wine folder ($HOME/.wine) and re-install the applications.   
Other types of viruses have mixed ability to run.

BTW, your Mac is not as safe as you think it is.

James Mckenzie

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