Anti-Virus question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Kane84, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. Kane84 macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2015
    I currently have a macbook air and on 10.8.4 I am looking for a good free anti virus any recommendations
  2. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
  3. Kane84, Dec 18, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 18, 2015

    Kane84 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2015
    Ya thats what I heard to but to play it safe thats all

    ok thats for malware but what about for virus like what is the best one
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Since there isn't a virus to fight, there is no antidote yet. AV software for OSX is basically devoid of meaningful functions.
  5. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Better pray for protection against unicorns at the same time, just to play safe.
  6. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
  7. vikaplume macrumors newbie


    Dec 16, 2015
    Montréal, Canada
    I second malwarebytes - it's what apple told met install when I had an adware problem. Other than that, you don't need anti virus on a mac :)
  8. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    For now, there are not any Mac viruses, but some people like to run an AV solution on their Mac to prevent them inadvertently spreading any Windows viruses (like in an email attachment for example). ClamXAV is not free, but is fairly popular among Mac users since it can be configure to only scan on demand.
  9. DLary macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2005
    Sophos antivirus is free. It seems to catch the stuff in emails from folks with windows machines.
  10. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Some members (for example, @GGJstudios) tell you to avoid Sophos, as explained in this post:

  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    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 over 12 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing, as described in the following link.
    Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.
  12. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2014
    There is actually a very good reason NOT to install AntiVirus applications on a Mac. Doing so currently has no protective effect over the multiple layers of existing security built-in, and can actually introduce vulnerabilities, performance problems, and stability issues that were not present in the first place.
  13. rambo47 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2010
    Denville, NJ
    I used to have Sophis installed. It didn't protect ME from viruses/malware, but on one occasion it detected a virus embedded in a PowerPoint template someone sent as an attachment and warned me. That prevented me from sending it to pc users who may have gotten infected. I would have been an immune carrier, so it was a case of being a good citizen. But the potential issues for my Mac running Sophos were not worth it so I uninstalled it.
  14. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    If you really want to play safe on a Mac or PC stay away from cracked software, attachments from people you don't know or on OS X it ASKS for a password to install something when you didn't want it.

    Also think about getting an account and replace your router DNS to OpenDNS IPs free account. If you open an account you can block well known Trojan hosting sites and so much more! This way you can block any nefarious Web sites or never block certain sites, your choice.
  15. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    There has been a rise in people showing up in emergency rooms after being stabbed by unicorn horns. It seems that virgins are having much more protection than before./s

    Seriously, I've had Macs since 2005 and currently have 3 running and never had either a virus or malware. I think a lot depends on practicing safe computing and having a good bootable backup disk just in case. I have 1 mac mini that had a corrupted boot disk, but my backup was OK, so I just copied the backup to the boot and all was well. From years of watching these forums I think there have been far more issues with people who have disk problems, including the HDD simply going kaput, AND they have no backup than people with viruses.
  16. iceman42 macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2012
    os x don't get are more likely to get adware or malware than i virus in os x
  17. CooperBox macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2010
    France - between Ricard & Absinthe
    Just because they missed the boat.....;)

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