Anti Virus software?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by doobybiggs, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. doobybiggs macrumors 6502

    doobybiggs

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    I am curious what is good to run on macs?

    I use to run MSE, but I doubt that is compatible for obvious reasons lol
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You don't need any 3rd party antivirus app to keep your Mac malware-free. 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 10 years ago. You cannot infect your Mac simply by visiting a website, unzipping a file, opening an email attachment or joining a network. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which cannot infect your Mac unless you actively install them, and they 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.
    1. Make sure your built-in Mac firewall is enabled in System Preferences > Security > Firewall

    2. Uncheck "Open "safe" files after downloading" in Safari > Preferences > General

    3. Uncheck "Enable Java" in Safari > Preferences > Security. Leave this unchecked until you visit a trusted site that requires Java, then re-enable only for your visit to that site. (This is not to be confused with JavaScript, which you should leave enabled.)

    4. Check your DNS settings by reading this.

    5. Be careful to only install software from trusted, reputable sites. Never install pirated software. If you're not sure about an app, ask in this forum before installing.

    6. Never let someone else have physical access to install anything on your Mac.

    7. Always keep your Mac and application software updated. Use Software Update for your Mac software. For other software, it's safer to get updates from the developer's site or from the menu item "Check for updates", rather than installing from any notification window that pops up while you're surfing the web.
    That's all you need to do to keep your Mac completely free of any virus, trojan, spyware, keylogger, or other malware. You don't need any 3rd party software to keep your Mac secure.
     
  3. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

    doobybiggs

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    hmmmm very interesting ... I like that!

    just to cover all my bases, what would I do if I happen to get something bad by being dumb or not paying attention?

    Is there a program or app to help get rid of them?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Did you read the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ? It addresses that question.
     
  5. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

    doobybiggs

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    yes I read ...

    Just wanted to make sure that info was still up to date. I do not see a posted date on the guide so I just wanted to double check.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Yes, I keep it up to date.
     
  7. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

    doobybiggs

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    ah, OK then that is awesome!!

    Thanks for your help!!
     
  8. Viking23 macrumors member

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    One question. If I am using MS Office files which contain macros, should I install some kind of AV software to keep an eye on stuff which might affect these files?
     

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