Antivirus

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jbarol, Nov 15, 2013.

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Antivirus?

  1. Avast

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  2. Sophos

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  3. Other (Post please!)

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  4. I don't use one

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    Oct 24, 2013
    #1
    Hi All,

    Having a few problems with the search feature here, so I was wondering:

    What Antivirus do you use?
     
  2. macrumors demi-god

    Shrink

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    New England, USA
    #2
    You do not need an anti-virus for OS X. There are not now, nor have there ever been, any viruses in the wild that effect OS X.

    OS X is not immune to viruses, but thus far there have been none in the wild that have been a problem or infected Macs. There are other forms of malware that can effect Macs, but the best way to avoid them is safe computing.

    If you really want to, you can get ClamX, which will scan for nasties and quarantine them. I use it once a month and it cleans out a bunch of harmless (probably Windows) junk which has no impact anyway. The nice thing about ClamX is it doesn't run in the background, and so it doesn't use any resources until you open it for a scan.

    Mac Virus/Malware FAQ

    http://guides.macrumors.com/Mac_Virus/Malware_FAQ
     
  3. macrumors G3

    Apple fanboy

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    #3
    Like Shrink says, not needed on a Mac. Your issue with the search feature on this forum is much more likely to be down to the recent security issues and the rebuild which is still in progress.
    Read more here http://www.macrumors.com/2013/11/12/macrumors-forums-security-leak/
     
  4. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    #4
    Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 12 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing, as described in the following link.
    Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.
     
  5. macrumors regular

    beachmusic

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    St. George Island
    #5
    I use Webroot SecureAnywhere. Started using it on my pc's so was just a carry over. Have multiple boxes with multiple os's so easier to just use one AM.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

    oldhifi

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    Antivirus

    I use ClamXav..its free and works well
     
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    Kissaragi

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    #7
    You do not need anti virus on a mac.
     
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    pastrychef

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    New York City, NY
    #8
    Getting anti-virus software for a Mac is like getting shampoo for a bald man.

    Ain't got no hair, don't need shampoo.
     
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    Mac'nCheese

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  10. macrumors demi-god

    Shrink

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    #10
    Some of us are very sensitive to that analogy!:(

    And if that bald man has a beard...well....

    ;) :D
     
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    pastrychef

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    #11
    My apologies if I offended anyone. It was strictly meant to be a joke.

    Also, by bald, I meant "everywhere"...
     
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    macrumors regular

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    I can't really say I use my antivirus on my Mac that often, but from time to time I do a full system scan, just in case. So far Ive never had anything fishy going on. I use the antivirus app called ClamXav. Its free.
     
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    Mac'nCheese

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    #13
    No need. We got the joke. :)
     
  14. macrumors 604

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    #14
    Bald guys use anti-glare shampoo, very important..
     
  15. macrumors 68030

    Mr. McMac

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    Long Island, NY
    #15
    ClamxAV here. Has no noticeable impact on performance, so why not?
     
  16. macrumors 6502a

    PsykX

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    #16
    I don't use one and never had problems in 8 years and gosh do my friends like to go to fishy sites just to test my Mac to its extents.

    I'm quoting myself from another thread :
     

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