Accidentally clicked on random link, no AntiVirus - am I safe?


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Jun 4, 2017

Was browsing Internet, accidentally clicked a link and found myself here:

I closed the window right away in fear. Am I safe? Could I be infected? What do do in such case?

I only ran Malwarebytes and that came up clean. Should I install some AntiVirus or not?
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macrumors 603
Sep 23, 2008
Be aware that anti-malware software typically demands significant privileges over your system and this isn’t without risk. You have to balance a certain degree of protection against this risk and the added inconvenience and use of system resources.

I suggest you have a look at this guide for a primer on Mac malware. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is also a decent on-demand scanner that you can use periodically if you want some peace of mind.
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macrumors 6502
Nov 28, 2014
You do...the talk about Apple being safer against viruses than windows,is an old myth,look up what companies like kaspersky or Symantec recommend,you can also use avast security.
Utter BS! Installing AV on a Mac will introduce potential vulnerabilities, instability, and poor performance, and do not improve security over that available natively with macOS. The next time you read a scary news article from the folks at an AV company that markets to Mac users, read it carefully and fully. All of these articles are the same cookie-cutter FUD over and over again. The recipe is always the same. They will state that the days of Macs being safer is no longer true (false). Then. they will state that they have discovered a new vulnerability to Macs and that you need to purchase their protection to keep you Mac safe (false). If you read carefully, what you will actually discover is that the "new threat" is yet another trojan that requires the Mac user to have a very out-of-date macOS version and then be fooled to download, run, and authenticate as an administrator to infect themselves! It's the same story over and over.

Go ahead and visit the Apple community forums some time and search for kaspersky, Symantec, or Avast. What you will find is NOT all the times that these applications has saved users but instead all of the cases where these applications are screwing up the stability of Macs.


macrumors 68000
Oct 15, 2014
North America
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macrumors 604
Jan 26, 2008
Isla Nublar
You do...the talk about Apple being safer against viruses than windows,is an old myth,look up what companies like kaspersky or Symantec recommend,you can also use avast security.
Spoken just like someone with no experience in IT. Also Symantec is one of the worst pieces of shitware you can put on any computer.

No, the OP doesn't need antivirus, if you look at "Mac Anti-virus" programs you'll find they all use Windows virus definitions. Mac OS already has a built-in anti-malware tool called XProtect which prevents all known malwares from running on your system. There's not many known ones and most are variants of two malwares. If a new one is discovered then XProtect updates silently in the background.

OP: You do not need anti-virus on your Mac. Not only do AV programs slow down performance, but you already have it built in to the OS from Apple.


macrumors 68020
Apr 7, 2008
Flea Bottom, King's Landing
So what AV would you reccommend?
The grey stuff between your ears. Just because you clicked on a link by accident, the chances of getting infected is infinitesimally small. Certainly no reason to sweat. If odd symptoms appear, you look up what, if any, mal-ware could cause it and take action.

My brain has been my anti-malware "software" on my Windows machine. The worst I've ran into have been some persistent ad-ware. It took some registry editing and several reboots to exorcise those pop-ups. Those AV programs might have caught those annoying ad-ware before they struck, but then I would have to deal with them hording 60% of my resources ALL THE TIME. I can deal with a rogue ad-ware or two, but I cannot stand an i7 machine running slower than a Core2Duo machine.:mad:
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