Hottest Anti-Virus Software?

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  1. BigBurd macrumors member

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    I need to purchase anti-virus software for a new iMac G5. As I have only used Norton in the past, I am not well informed with regard to what might actually be the best protection on the market right now. (For all I know, it might be Norton!)

    Please post your opinions, so I can make an informed decision.

    Thanks, so much.
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Don't bother with it IMO...
     
  3. virividox macrumors 601

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    i used to have virex, but i removed it after i realized it was just using resources, luckily i didnt pay for it, afriend gave me his copy after he decided not to use it

    at the moment os x has no virus issues
     
  4. Zaty macrumors 65816

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    I agree, for now don't bother to install any anti virus software. Chances are it causes more problems (Virex 7.5, anyone?) than it can solve, since OS X is still virus free.
     
  5. ec1_mac macrumors newbie

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    the whole reason for using a mac over a pc in my case is the not having to bother with virus protection, that and windows updates popping up ever 5 minutes. Although i believe my wireless router has its own firewall.
     
  6. Brize macrumors 6502a

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    As above. The best anti-virus software is OS X.
     
  7. bubbamac macrumors 6502

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    I run Virex.

    If you must run AV software, I recommend it. Please don't run Norton on your Mac - it is terrible software.
     
  8. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

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    Damn straight.

    I've taken off all copies of Virex from my Macs because the pointlessness of it annoyed me. I'll put it back on when I get a whisper of the OS X fortress being breached, but my work at home doesn't leave me open to much threat.

    I'm playing the odds.
     
  9. Brize macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I think that's the way to go. I wasn't suggesting that OS X will always be immune, but as you say, anti-virus software is pretty pointless at the moment.

    Also, I imagine that Apple will be pretty quick to release updates should any viruses turn up, just as they were with the recent proof of concept. I guess there's always the danger that they've have been lulled into a false sense of security owing to market share and the security of OS X, but I doubt it. It's too much of a selling point in the current climate for Apple to be lax about such things.
     
  10. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000

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    We get Norton for free from the university, but I don't use any antivirus software now.
     
  11. Scottyk9 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree... the best anti-virus software is Mac OS X
     
  12. kirk26 macrumors 6502a

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    I run virex on mine. It finds windows viruses as well. It's found several windows viruses from websites and from the active mailbox scanning in Entourage.
     
  13. 12ibookg4 macrumors regular

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    if there ever is a mac os x virus, news of the first one will probably show up on macrumors before the anti-virus company updates their list to scan for it. I ran anti-virus on os 9 but never found one and on os x i don't even bother with any virus scan
     
  14. yippy macrumors 68020

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    I get Virex for free from my university, if you want an anti-virus I would say get that. However, I am thinking of removing it or at least dissabling it despite the fact that we are "required" to have AV software on our computers.
     
  15. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I have used Norton Antivirus for over 10 years with no problems at all. It gives me peace of mind. :)
     
  16. BigBurd thread starter macrumors member

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    TYVM

    Thanks to all who responded. I guess I won't worry too much about viruses, because of your advice.
     
  17. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    Used Macs for years and years and never ran a antivirus program, whats the point? that could change in the future but at this point i think its a waste of time and money. Pc's its a must ,Mac OSX its just not warranted.
     

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