Anti virus software for OSX Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Funky007, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. Funky007 macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2008
    Hi everyone ;)

    Anti virus software for OSX

    I have been looking in to getting anti virus software for my mac pro but according to some people, they say its not really needed as it give more problems then its worth :confused: :confused:

    I was thinking of getting Norton AntiVirus 11.0 for Macintosh. I only intend to use my machine for music Logic Studio and web browsing to download drivers and such for my apps.

    What do most people do here?

  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    Unless you are going to be exchanging files with Windows users (and they should really have their own virus software anyways) I'd say that anti-virus software for OS X is useless at this time. Since there are no viruses in the wild, there is no lookup table to compare them against. So, no protection.
  3. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Don't get Norton! It will slow down your computer and is a complete waste. If you insist on having something get the free ClamXav, it is much less of a resource hog and a much better value.

    Currently, there are exactly zero viruses for Mac OS X. Now, if you still think you need anti-virus software, be my guest.
  4. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    Also get a firewall, and maybe a HIPS.
    anti-trojans too!


    OORRR, just use a strong user password and lock all your settings
  5. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    I can confirm two things:

    1. Anti-virus for Mac OS is not needed (at the moment anyhow) .. :)
    2. Norton will slow your computer down quite a bit .. :(

    So just enjoy your Mac experience and smile .. :):)
  6. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    Do not install Norton on your Mac it'll kill it,as others have stated anti virus at present is'nt necessary but if you still feel you need protection try clamxav
  7. Funky007 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2008
    Thanks everyone for your reply

    I will not get any anti virus and will leave things just as they are. :)
  8. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    Much better idea than installing Norton.

    Just to be safe, though, there's a couple of other things to keep in mind.

    First, it's probably a good idea to turn on your built-in firewall, which is found in System Pref -> Security -> Firewall. Make sure to give any applications that may need the internet permission.

    Second of all is just common sense. There are no viruses out for Mac, but there are one or two trojans. That's all, just one or two trojans that can barely spread at all. You get a trojan by downloading an irreputable program from the internet that says it will do one thing, but instead corrupts your computer. The last known trojan for Mac was trying to spread itself through a porn site. The website told you that you needed to download a special codec or some special video player to watch the movies that were in a fake format. You would have to download the codec, allow it to install itself, and only then would you discover it was a trojan and it would corrupt your computer. However if you don't frequent sites like that and have any common sense at all not to give something permission to install when you don't know what it is, you have nothing to worry about.
  9. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    If you need Anti-virus software, which is useful if you aren't a 1337 haxxor like me then I'd recommend Intego VirusBarrier Its fast doesn't use a lot of processor performance and doesn't generally cause problems, certainly not if turbo mode is off, and even so its still faster than the competition.

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