Anti Virus Software - Torrents?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by abz1981, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. abz1981 macrumors 65816

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    Hi all

    I know no virus exists for the mac, and malware does. However for those of us who download torrents via utorrents etc. Do you still end up using some sort of anti virus or just ignore having it, and download torrents as normal?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It depends on what you're downloading. If it's music or movies, you're fine. If it's apps, that's more dangerous, as apps can contain trojans. I advise against torrenting apps. 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.
    If you feel you need 3rd party antivirus software, ClamXav is a good choice, since it isn't a resource hog, detects both Mac and Windows malware and doesn't run with elevated privileges. You can run scans when you choose, rather than leaving it running all the time, slowing your system.
     
  3. abz1981 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    GGJstudios
    Its mainly tv shows like, Dexter, and The Sopranos not really movies or music. So from what you have said, thats fine, without anti virus then. I never download apps on torrents. So thats all good.

    thanks :)
     

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