Anti Virus software

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  1. SR45 macrumors 65832

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    Anyone have a special Anti Virus and or Firewall (Free or Paid version) you liked and that you can recommend ?

    I had Microsofts free version and Comodo for the PC and now migrating to the Mac Mini 2011
     
  2. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    you do not need AV software on your Mac. ... there are no viruses that infect OSX
     
  3. Sankersizzle macrumors 6502a

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    Inb4 GGCstudios comes and tells you that you don't need any antivirus.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You don't need any antivirus software to protect Mac OS X from malware. No 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 handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install:
    LOL!
     
  5. Nameci macrumors 68000

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    You don't need an antivirus for a mac, if you are really paranoid, ClamXAV...
     
  6. SR45 thread starter macrumors 65832

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    Very Interesting !

    What about a Firewall when on the internet ? Same applies ? Does Apple have something inbeded in the OS that protects us from that threat ? Being a PC guy, this would be unheard of not having at least firewall protection.

    Very interesting, I say. Thanks :cool:
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There's a built-in firewall. Go to System Preferences > Security > Firewall to enable it.
     
  8. Nameci macrumors 68000

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    There is a firewall in the OS, as what GGJ told you.

    The antivirus and frequent security updates were the reasons why i left Windows and switch to a Mac with OSX many years ago. Although I still work with PC boxes at work, but for my personal use, its all Macs.
     
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    WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816

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    I don't have a Antivirus on my Win 7 machine - a smart user doesn't need one.
    So you're saying security updates are a bad thing? How about all those malware updates lately or the security updates on the iphone?
     
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    Mac OSX is not nearly the malware wild, wild west that Windows is. You probably don't need any virus software.

    Many people will tell you that viruses don't exist, can't exist, never existed or or never will exist. You reality is that malware does exist for the Mac, zero attacks do occur from time to time. However, it is very uncommon.
     
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    Although many people on this forum say you don't need anti virus for some Mac users it makes sense to scan downloaded files before sending them off again to a PC.

    As for firewalls, dont you use a router with a firewall? The software firewall in OSX is good if you don't have a router and you're plugging strait into the wall.
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Mac OS X viruses don't exist in the wild.
    Mac OS X viruses never have existed in the wild.
    Mac OS X viruses could exist in the wild in the future.
    Mac OS X is not immune to viruses.
    Viruses have existed in the wild in the past, for Mac OS 9 and earlier.
    The only malware that exists or ever has existed in the wild for Mac OS X is in the form of trojans, which can easily be avoided by the user exercising care in what software they choose to install.
     
  15. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I switched to using Macs at home just over 6 years ago and have never used any antivirus or spyware software in that time. I've not even used a firewall. I've not had any problems. Before that for over 15 years I used Windows PC's with antivirus and spyware software installed and not only did it not work 100% it slowed my system down
     
  16. SR45 thread starter macrumors 65832

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    No wireless at this time, using the plug in wall until I get the Airport express later. Was hoping that apple will come out with a new update to the airport express so not in any hurry. Good to know that the Mac is more secure and safer than the PC until some hacker/Virus thug comes along and messes up this platform like they have with Microsoft OS's.
     
  17. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's really not. In the hands of an ignorant operator, either system is equally unsecure.
     
  18. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I disagree. Regardless of the ability of the user the Mac platform is far more secure then the PC platform.
     

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