Anti-Virus for mac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by James Godfrey, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. James Godfrey macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    I am just wondering what is the best anti-virus/spyware software for the iMac, also could you tell me if it is needed at all? I have heard that Macs dont get viruses....?

    I have always used Norton Antivirus Programs on my PC.

    Thanks

    James
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    The best anti-virus software is none; seriously. OS X doesn't get viruses and adding that software will only slow your computer down. The best protection for the Mac and any computer is a wise user.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You don't need any 3rd party antivirus app to keep your Mac malware-free. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released 10 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
     
  4. James Godfrey thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for replies, so ulike windows no extra software is needed for the iMac is that right?

    Thanks again

    James
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Correct. Only common sense and some discretion as to where you get the software you install.
     
  6. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a

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    You dont need anti-virus for OS X. There is a chance this will change in the future, but not in a near one at least.

    Regarding where you get your applications, macupdate.com is a great place
     
  7. eagandale4114 macrumors 65816

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    The mac app store has some great apps too.
     
  8. munkery macrumors 68020

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    Interested in increasing the security of your Mac?

    Check out the "Mac Security Suggestions" link in my sig.
     

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