Antivirus software

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by DrFinkle, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. DrFinkle macrumors newbie

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    I am transitioning to Mac and am wondering if I need/ should get AV software? How does it affect performance? [Obviously, I will run it on my Boot Camped WinXP]

    Thanks.

    DrFinkle
     
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    For Mac OS X itself, nothing is currently needed. If you're exchanging files with Windows users, you might want something to avoid being the middleman to pass on someone else's virus.
     
  3. OzMo macrumors member

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    For OS X, use ClamXav if you want to avoid passing on viruses to Windows.

    For Windows, you DO need av and all the other junk, and they will affect Windows performance on a Mac just as they do on any other Windows machine. I run AVG, Spybot, Ad-aware.
     
  4. OnceUGoMac macrumors 6502a

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    Sound advice. I'd recommend freeware stuff. In fact, MSNBC had an article on it: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14878706/
     

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