what is a good antivirus program

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  1. minkis macrumors regular

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    i have norton anti virus but it just doesnt emm to work that well and i was wondering if anyone has some good anti virus and spyware scans for macs. thanks
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    No such thing. Until there's spyware and viruses that are a problem on OSX, your antivirus software is simply using up resources on your Mac.

    By the way, I had heaps of trouble getting rid of Norton and ended up having to do a reformat and install.
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Other than one reason - if you are in a mixed environment, a Mac can pass a virus-laden email forward to a PC, so there may be a reason for an Anti Viral program that scans Mac mail for PC virii.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    True. In which case I'd recommend almost anything but Norton. Strictly speaking though, a PC without antivirus software will probably get pretty b0rked (sorry, just overrun by l33t speak momentarily, it won't happen again) irrespective of any incoming emails from Macs.

    I'd say there's a greater risk from direct file-sharing which, to the best of my knowledge, bypasses the PC antivirus software.
     
  5. PubGuy macrumors member

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    Use ClamXav -- available on Macupdate.com (or do a Google search). O'Reilly just had a great write-up on it and its a FREE open-source program, full OS X compliant and even has a background agent. I've set it up to do live scans of my Desktop, inBox, and my downloads files. This way I won't be passing on "bad" files to my Window's friends --> don't want them blaming my Mac for a virus they got!
     

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