Macafee anti virus

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by abz1981, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. macrumors 65816

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    Hi all my broadband supplier is giving me a free copy of macafee net protection plus anti virus. Any point in installing it as its free?
     
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    None at all. You do not need or want an AV package on your Mac.
     
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    justperry

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    NO, leave that kind of rubbish/malware;) off OS X.

    Mac Virus/Malware FAQ - Mac Guides
     
  4. macrumors 604

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    Nah, it'll just slow your computer down. Mac OSX doesn't need any sort of antivirus - It can hold it's own ;)
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    thanks guy. well em i did install it just to check it out, but now i have uninstalled it. i have uninstalled it using the mcafee uninstaller that was in my applications in finder. How can i now be sure that, thats it and all mcafee files are now off my mac. Or should i just assume now its completely off my mac, since i used to uninstaller for mcafee?
     
  6. macrumors 65816

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    tell him to flip off :cool:
     
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    justperry

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    MCafee is a known company, they can be "trusted" to have an uninstaller which does it's job.
    You could try a search with spotlight, if it finds nothing you're OK.

    Oh, and the reason I called it malware is because such software does "nothing" on OS X so I regard it as malware.
     
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    Macman45

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    Groundhog day?...:)
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    McAfee is a known company; known for abhorrent software.

    Now, I've never used it on OSX but on Windows it always seemed to muck up the install & uninstall. Uninstall would leave folders & shared files scattered all around Windows. So many borked installs came my way I wrote scripts to clean up clients machines. All the 'OEMs' seem to love to install crap like McAfee trials. :sigh:
     
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    justperry

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    I though they at least had a reasonable name on windows, seems like I was wrong, good to know they aren't any better than Symantec.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hey guys
    I have managed to delete all system related and plist ( i think its called) files in relation to this a/v software. managed to do this by following the other threads on this forum that talks about how to fully remove applications etc from a mac. I done this in additional to the uninstaller as well.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    Very wise move. 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.
     
  13. macrumors 68000

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    Best Buy gave me a free copy of Kaspersky or something with my Mac. I threw it in the trash :)
     
  14. macrumors member

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    I use Sophos, just in case. It doesn't seem to slow my 2012 air down at all.
     
  15. simsaladimbamba

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    Sophos should be avoided, as it could actually increase your Mac's vulnerability, as described here, here and here.
     
  16. macrumors member

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    Thanks.

    Even though that report seems slightly one sided (though I must admit I only read the abstract, summary and conclusion because I don't understand much of the technical computer jargon) and it's a report on the Windows OS version.

    I will remove it. Any suggestions on any alternatives?
     
  17. simsaladimbamba

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    Common sense or if you really need to: ClamXav.

    Look at the FAQ Mister GGJstudios linked to. I have used those steps for years and have not yet contracted any Mac OS X malware, and I tried via visiting all those sites, that are deemed to be the dark sites.
     
  18. macrumors 604

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    You don't need an alternative - Mac OSX does not need any anti-virus software, cleaning software, maintenance software, etc etc...
     
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    nick_elt

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    i installed antivirus trial on my old macbook that was 5 years old to see how much it would actually pick up over the years and it didnt even find suspicious file. i then deleted it. not needed.
     

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