Anti-Virus: Is it necessary for OS X?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MacNoobGuy, May 19, 2012.

  1. MacNoobGuy macrumors 6502

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    hey guys, i've been wondering this for a while and was hoping someone here could help me out. i'm still relatively new to the Mac and always used an anti-virus on Windows. i used the Microsoft built 'Microsoft Security Essentials' and this always worked great.

    i'm always checking for updates from Apple via 'Software Update' and was wondering if this alone would be enough? i don't open files i'm unsure of, but i don't know how viruses spread on the OS X platform. how do they spread?

    thanks for any help
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    Have a read of this FAQ and post back with any questions.

    http://guides.macrumors.com/Mac_Virus/Malware_FAQ
     
  3. MacNoobGuy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks, i'll take a look. nobody has a response on this?

    i know the user is still the most important piece in the security jigsaw, but i just wanted some other feedback.
     
  4. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't say it's nessecary, but it doesn't hurt. Go and get ClamXAV or something and do a scan now and then.

    Our iMac has run since 2007 and I recently did my first ever antivirus scan on it the other day - nothing whatsoever found.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Have you actually read the FAQ?
    Here is same FAQ again, in a clickable format.

    Anyway, there are currently no viruses affecting Mac OS X, thus nothing to spread, and if YOU employ safe computing steps, you don't need AV software.


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    Maybe have a look at Advanced Search or MRoogle to find similar threads for getting some kind of feedback about malware and AV software while you wait for more answers, and there have been hundreds, maybe even thousands:
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  6. WillEH macrumors 6502a

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    Are you GGJstudios brother?
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    Seeing that I get as many downvotes as him for posting helpful information, probably. But I am the younger one, don't forget that.
     
  8. WillEH macrumors 6502a

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    Cool, was just double checking :)
     
  9. MacNoobGuy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    is CLAMXAV the best free AV on the Mac?
     
  10. Comeagain? macrumors 68020

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    I like the new link to Mroogle. A link that works, too!
     
  11. simsaladimbamba

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    Yes, it is. But you don't need to run it in Sentry Mode.
     

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