Anti-virus/spyware?

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  1. Sara1020 macrumors newbie

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    Hey... Pretty new to Mac here, and new to the forums so I don't know if this has been asked already.

    Is it necessary/important to use an anti-virus or spyware software on my Mac? If so, Any recommendations?

    Some people have told me to get one asap, other say don't worry about it... so I'm a little confused.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer. The term "virus" is also commonly but erroneously used to refer to other types of malware, adware, and spyware programs that do not have the reproductive ability.

    From Symantec:
    As of this time, there are NO viruses in the wild that affect current Mac OS X. In the past, there have been a few viruses that ran on older versions of the Mac operating system, but no longer.

    There are, as of this time, trojans that can affect Mac OS X, but these must be downloaded and installed by the user, which involves entering the user's administrator password. Trojans can easily be avoided by the user exercising common sense and caution when installing applications. A common source of trojans is pirated software, typically downloaded from bit torrent sites.

    Having virus protection software on your Mac is pointless, as far as protecting your Mac from viruses, since AV software can't detect a virus that doesn't exist. It is possible to have a file reside on your hard drive that contains a Windows virus, but since a Windows virus (program) can't run in native Mac OS X, it would be harmless to your Mac. Some choose to run AV on their Mac to scan for Windows viruses, so the Mac user can't pass a virus-infected file to a Windows user. In my opinion, a Windows user should be protected by their own AV software, so the burden of protection lies with the Windows user
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    Anti virus: http://www.google.com/cse?cx=011016...e:forums.macrumors.com&hl=en&as_qdr=all&meta=

    Spyware: http://www.google.com/cse?cx=011016...e:forums.macrumors.com&hl=en&as_qdr=all&meta=

    There are no viruses for Mac OS X, but some trojans and other malware.
    You need to install them, which requires your password, so unless you install software you're not sure where it came from and if it can be trusted, you're mostly on the safe side.

    Also know, that you can get an eMail with a Windows virus and pass it on to other Windows machines, but protecting those other machines is not your responsibility.
    But there is software out there like iAntiVirus, that will scan your Mac for Windows viruses.


    EDIT: Again GGJstudios, you must have some way to access your longer answers for quicker responses. How?
     
  4. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    Those people are idiots :)
     
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  6. Sara1020 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm, shows as an image to me, even when I click your link. What are you seeing instead?
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    This:
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  9. dmz macrumors regular

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    iAntiVirus???!!!

    Bad example - iAntiVirus is a known source of problems - I have seen Macs with their CPUs pinned to the max permanently by this software. ClamXav is an excellent AV product for the Mac, and it's FREE, hence there is no incentive for the developer to encourage virus-developers to justify his existence. Not saying that Symantec, McAfee and others encourage the development of malware. I'm just saying...

    :apple:dmz
     
  10. lschultz777 macrumors member

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    How do you know if you have a trojan and how would you get rid of it?
     

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