best malware software for mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Lil.Edward, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

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    i need a malware software for mac what is the best software
     
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  3. macrumors regular

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    You don't need it as OSX already has malware protection built in. In addition make sure your firewall on you mac and/or ADSL modem router is turned on.

    Stewart
     
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    Shrink

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    What's that I hear coming. Footsteps in the distance. Why it's GGJstudios on his way to tell you that there is built in malware protection, make sure Firewall is on, Java is off, and that user education and care is all that is needed to protect against malware.

    Only he'll say it much better, and give you links to explain everything you need to know about malware on Macs.

    That is, he'll show up if your lucky - he really knows about all this stuff.:D
     
  5. macrumors 604

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    Are we just assuming he is looking for an app to detect malware or some actual malware to spread?
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    download the fake adobe flash update youl find a really good piece of malware there..
     
  7. macrumors member

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    you might need some malware protection it all depends on what you are doing and on what websites you are doing it on i personally wouldn't use it because my macbook like all the others are built for SPEED and you don't what to take it away but if you are a big downloaded and wouldn't miss a few seconds of your life then mcafee will do the job
     
  8. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    You don't need any 3rd party antivirus app to keep your Mac malware-free. 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 10 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
    Of course, downloading it won't be enough to infect a Mac. You'll have to manually install it.
    It doesn't matter what websites you visit. The only Mac OS X malware in the wild requires the user to actively install it, which usually involves entering your admin password. You can surf all day long without risk of infecting your Mac, as long as you're not installing anything.
    McAfee is a joke. Don't use it. ClamXav is a good choice if you insist on running antivirus, since it isn't a resource hog, detects both Mac and Windows malware and doesn't run with elevated privileges. You can run scans when you choose, rather than leaving it running all the time, slowing your system.
     
  9. Shrink, Dec 30, 2011
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    See, I told you he'd give you the full dope.;):D
     
  10. tug
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    yeah shrink, he really does know his stuff.

    but theres one thing i would like to know,

    what does happen if you do install some bad stuff?
     
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    chrf097

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    This is the only "serious" issue and even then, it can easily be removed.

    Otherwise with generic trojans, your system just gets slow.
     
  12. tug
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    good to know, thanks for the reply friend, my mac aint got nothin then,

    coz its blazin. :)
     
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    shyam09

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    wait sry dumb question, but do mac have a firewall built in? is it turned off by default? or is this a 3rd party firewall we are talking about

    lol sry for those dumb question :p
     
  14. macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, the firewall is built in.
    Yes, it's off by default.
    No, it's not a 3rd party firewall.
    To turn it on (which you should), go to System Preferences > Security > Firewall and enable it.
    No, it's not a dumb question. :)
     
  15. macrumors G4

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    This is a very popular misconception. The purpose of malware is not to slowdown your computer. A system slowdown may, however, be a characteristic of badly written malware. That said, there is no MacOS X malware in the wild. If your Mac experiences a slowdown, then this is no reason to suspect malware. OTOH if you are running Windows without protection, then you may rest assured that you have malware. This is true even if the Windows system is humming along.
     
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    chrf097

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    Notice I said "Trojans" and not "Malware" :)
     
  17. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Trojans are a form of malware, and MisterMe's comments apply to trojans, as well as other forms of malware.
     
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    chrf097

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    Hmm, I always assumed trojans were different from Malware. Nevermind then, MisterMe is right. :D
     
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    Read this to learn the difference: Mac Virus/Malware Info
     

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