Do macs need virus scanners

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by XFce, Jul 24, 2006.

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Virus Protection On Your Mac? Do You Need It?

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  2. No

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  1. XFce macrumors member

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    I am leery about downloading a virus scanner because I heard that anti virus scanners hog recourses, makes macs crash and that Macs do not need virus scanners because macs are a almost immune to catching computer viruses.
    I don’t know what to do.... Should I download the virus scanner and see what happens and risk mucking up my precious Intel i mac core duo, is it worth the risk ? any suggestions would be appreciated.
    http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/networking_security/clamxav.html
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I'm gonna go out on a limb and tell you to not bother. There isn't anything harmful for Macs out at the moment so the only reason for a virus scanner would be to prevent accidentally passing Windows viruses on to Windows users. These viruses will not run on your system though (except through Boot Camp, but that's another story). :)
     
  3. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Every PC user should have virus protection (I know I didn't at first). AVG or Norton do a fair job of stopping viruses from damaging PCs. It's not your problem if you pass one on to a PC user, it's there fault for having a PC. :D
     
  4. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    We can't have our mail swerver skip scanning just because it runs on a Mac. That would be idiotic.
     
  5. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    I've never bothered with a virus scanner. Probably never will... just keep up-to-date backup of all the data you cannot afford loosing and you should be fine for all foreseeable future...
     
  6. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    No, the OP was about Macs needing virus protection. That server doesn't need the virus protection, it's the PCs that recieve the emails that need virus protection, whether it's built into the server or not...
     
  7. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    In these days of dual boot and virtualization, skipping virus scanners is still unwise. It's no longer someone else's problem when an infected file gets copied around.
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Fair point. I'd then argue that OSX doesn't need a virus scanner but Windows does. :)
     
  9. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    If you use Parallels, for example, either turn the network off in Windows, or set up Parallels for a Virtual network between MacOS X and the various guest operating systems. Never read any email in Windows, never access web pages with Windows. You don't need to, do you?

    If you want, set up one virtual machine just for Internet Exploder. If it gets infected, who cares? Delete it, set up another one.
     
  10. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Same here, no need for a virus scanner for Mac OS at the moment. :)
     
  11. z00y0rk macrumors member

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    I don't think that i would ever need a virus scanner. In fact. I try to get a PC virus, I would try to get a mac virus if there were one out their ;)
     
  12. joeops57 macrumors member

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    While there aren't viruses for OS X, there really isn't any reason why getting a virus scanner would be bad. That said, I wouldn't pay for one unless I was doing work in a professional environment.

    ~Joe
     
  13. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    One bad reason would be that virus scanners tend to bog down system resources (RAM and CPU). So if there are no viruses for Mac, why run an antivirus scanner that will only slow down your Mac and yet offer no real benefit to the user? :confused:
     
  14. joeops57 macrumors member

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    Virus scanners don't need to be run on a continuous basis. And looking at the OP's mac, I really don't think system resources are at a premium. That said, running a virus scanner is not necessary, but more of a niceity to the PC world. I imagine one could get away with running the scanner once a week. Surely, there must be some point during the week where the user is not using enough system resources to make running the scanner an issue on that front.

    ~Joe
     
  15. Lollypop macrumors 6502a

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    I run XaV in the backround and have it only scan the documents folder, its from there that I send and save all my email attatchments, XaV only scans and doesnt remove, but I at least try to care about the poor windows people.:D ;) :p
     
  16. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000

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  17. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    I would. It's just being a good network neighbor. ClamAV is a good choice, since it's free.

    You don't have to go out of your way to buy anti-virus, I think just having something running is a good idea. Thought that counts.
     
  18. Timepass macrumors 65816

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    Depends on what you are doing if you need it. Mostly it will help prevent you from spreading virus around on the net. And indirectly all PC viruses do effect all mac users. For example when the I love you worm was huge the entire net world wide was taken to a crawl (or was it another one meh) and that effect everyone. Also the more virus that mac user helps spread means things are going to cost you more money because cost is increased due to having to deal with security and what not.

    Do you need one running 24/7 no. The big thing is just make sure all out going emails are scanned or any file you sent out to a PC user. That cut down on the ammount of trojins, virus and worms on the net that are constately being spreaded around. the biggest thing it do is cut done on the trojins that are passed around (which is over 50% of all viruses any how).
     
  19. XFce thread starter macrumors member

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    I considered installing virus protection on my mac but I decided not to because its not my fault people insist on using MS windows, and seeing how Macs are practically immune to catching computer viruses I’d be doing window users a favor.
    Nothing wrong with being a nice network neighbor but I’m not going to install a virus scanner on a mac so a window user don’t have to install one on their pecee. :p
     
  20. englishbloke macrumors newbie

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    Yes! We ended up having to install Norton after our Macs came down with something.
     
  21. dragon2611 macrumors regular

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    i Have Av setup for windows (for obvious reasons) i also have clamxav installed on the mac, its free to download, it doesn't run all the time and its handy for when you want to scan a file before passing it on.



    http://www.markallan.co.uk/clamXav/
     
  22. zap2 macrumors 604

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    with OS X, no.. if you have XP yes but i assume you ment OS X
     
  23. cwedl macrumors 65816

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    I said no....


    the only reason you would need one is to scan stuff before you sent it iver to a pc uder. but they should have a virus scanner anyway...
     
  24. ducksrfr macrumors member

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    virus scanning

    my school (ut) provides norton av for free to all students, so i went ahead and downloaded it, although if they didn't provide it to me, i would never have bought it on my own.

    clamxav seems to be a good compromise b/c it's free
     
  25. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    The choices should have been "Yes / no / not yet". I'd say "Not yet." Obviously if you're running Windows unprotected (that is, in BootCamp or with a raw network connection through Parallels or VPC), then you should have something in Windows, but that's Windows, not the MacOS.

    Right now, there's just no need for it unless you're at risk of passing bad files along to somebody who has a PC because stuff goes through you. In the future, that will probably change. And I've got ClamAV installed just in case, though I run it infrequently at most.

    Actually... I take that back. If you exchange a lot of Word documents with sloppy Windows users, you're at risk for an annoying but not likely harmful Macro virus, and you should probably be checking incoming stuff.
     

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