Anti-Virus Needed?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Cryptozite, Sep 22, 2005.

  1. Cryptozite macrumors newbie

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    I'm a PC convert and just recent purchased a 15" PowerBook for college. So first off Macs frickin' rock. I'm moving into the dorms tomorrow and I was wondering if its recommended for Macs to have an antivirus program like Norton or something like that. Many of my friends that have Macs say its not necessary...but I thought I'd fish for an opinion from the mighty minds here a macrumors...suggestions greatly appreciated..

    ...GO BRUINS...
     
  2. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

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  3. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    Here may be what you need ClamXav 1.0.1
    Has the Mac community ever been invaded by virus? Never heard of it!
     
  4. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    Don't waste your time worrying about it. There are no viruses that affect OS X. WHen I first switched, I kept it on for about a year and then I was like why am I wasting hard drive space with this thing? It never did anything but waste my time downloading updates. If I wanted to waste my time doing computer maintenance, I'd use windows.
     
  5. yenko macrumors 6502a

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    Whatever you do......and if you just gotta have anti virus software......because of some BAD habit you acquired :D...DON'T get Norton. :eek:

    Check out Apples's .Mac website or go to McAffe. :eek:
     
  6. Cryptozite thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all...have pity on my lack of knowledge...I'll be avoiding any antiviral software...

    On a side note..yes...it is clear as Yenko pointed out that I still have some bad habits/beliefs...blame PC...
     
  7. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    Couldn't have agreed more that Norton sucks :mad:
     
  8. Kushiro macrumors member

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  9. GreeneGirl7 macrumors regular

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    I do like to keep my firewall on. That would probably be advisable in a dorm. :)
     
  10. cube macrumors G4

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    You MUST configure and activate the firewall.
     
  11. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    Some say "virus is created so that AV sofware sells" Make sense? :rolleyes:
     
  12. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    There are no Mac viruses. Period.

    There are two TROJANS (the media doesn't know the difference between a trojan and a virus so you might see articles proclaiming there are Mac viruses. A trojan basicly does not spread itself and has to be deliberately sent to you by a hacker, and you have to deliberately run it. Basicly, you have to have some jerk out to get you and be very stupid) out there, but they were proof-of-concepts and created by Intego (a Mac antivirus company) to prove it could be done and never actually released into the wild.

    So at this point in time, there are no viruses that affect Mac OS X.


    The Mac antiviruses out there will detect Windows viruses to make sure you don't pass them on.
     

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