pulled in two different directions, help anyone?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by dorqiekat, Aug 19, 2004.

  1. dorqiekat macrumors 6502a

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    First off, I'd like to start by saying that I've searched the archives and read previous posts on this matter. Just need to narrow it down a bit.

    1) Many are against antivirus. But the other half do, for protective measures. (I've been a PC user until I made the switch so you can understand the paranoia. It was mentioned in other posts that Norton makes money off of switchers, which I guess I'm an addition to.)

    do I get antivirus or no?

    2) many people who have recommended an antivirus go for Nortons. And the other half tells us to stay away from Nortons in CAPS!

    do I get Nortons or McAfree?

    3) One side says that there are no known virus for mac OS. Others mentioned they've had attacks.

    So, do I just keep my firewall (the one built in) on, and do system updates often, and forget about the antivirus and save money.

    Or, do I choose between nortons and mcafree and feel safe.

    I'd also like to mention that I used Acquisition (downloading music) often.

    Sigh, OK, advice anyone?
     
  2. vraxtus macrumors 65816

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    1) Up to you, I've never had a Mac virus.
    2) Virex.
     
  3. morkintosh macrumors regular

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    I'd more more concerned with scripts that are billed as music files doing any number of malcious things to your system; these wouldn't be picked up by anti-virus software anyway.

    I personally think anti-virus sofware is a waste of money unless you are running windows.
     
  4. dorqiekat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry but, what does this mean? Like bogus music files? Can you detect it yourself?
    I'm trying to avoid buying antivirus, but if there is a certain risk than I'd rather be safe. I'm not talking about 1% chance or anything..
     
  5. morkintosh macrumors regular

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    Yes bogus music files. You can't really detect it very well beyond checking out the file size; if you are getting the full length In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida and it is only 500K then I wouldn't open it.

    It basically comes down to using caution, since you get what you pay for ... caveat emptor!
     
  6. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    safer than fort knox...

    With current updates and firewall you are safer then a win-machine with firewall and anti virus progs, MUCH SAFER!!!

    I've had macs since the compact black'n white 9 inch monitors and 8 mhz,
    and i have had virus ONCE, it was in the mid 90s and it was called sevendustC(?) didn't do much trouble either.

    I have never heard of a macosx virus, but there is a ms word macro virus would ruin your word docs. (works on all platforms it's due to microsofts macrofuntions..)

    -tb
     
  7. vkapoormd macrumors member

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    Yeah my experience has been the same; i don't use any antivirus software, and i switched over from Windows over a year ago, and haven't had any problems; when i did briefly have Norton AV on my PB (that i borrowed from a friend), it slowed down everything, especially booting up or logging in and out. So bottom line, you don't need anything.
    :cool:
     
  8. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Like someone already mentioned, get Virex instead of Norton. I don't have any experience with ANY of these virus protections since I don't think its needed, but I hear Norton isn't good on Macs. Get Virex.
     
  9. dorqiekat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    From the sound of things, doesn't really sound like I really need AV. Aside from watching out for what I download and stuff. I have been without antivirus for a couple of months, and I've been good. My friend just seemed shocked that I don't have one. She has had a mac way longer than me.
     
  10. virividox macrumors 601

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    i used to use virex until it annoyed me because it wasnt doing anything but take up resources hehe
     
  11. dorqiekat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    looks like I'm not stuck in the middle anymore.
     

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