Anti-Virus

Discussion in 'iMac' started by CaptMike, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. CaptMike macrumors regular

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    Are you installing any Anti-Virus program on your imac?
     
  2. justperry macrumors 604

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    No, stay away from it, and if you need it install clamav and scan manually, there is also a guide here on MR about viruses.

    Malware FAQ
     
  3. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    Total waste of time, system resources and possibly money. The very best thing you can do to keep OS X in good shape is to run software update frequently.
     
  4. majkom macrumors 65816

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    Lol, nope;) if there is still java, uncheck ot (i believe it is unchecked in ml by default) and thats it;)solved
     
  5. CaptMike thread starter macrumors regular

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    What do you mean about Java?
     
  6. CaptMike thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you, very helpful
     
  7. SOLLERBOY macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, get ClamXAV from the app store and run it when you download something before you install, it's more so your not harbouring any Windows viruses than anything.
     
  8. majkom macrumors 65816

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    Safari - Preferences - Security - uncheck Enable Java

    Done. Then you are safe - any malware threat with unchecked java can be installed only manually with you typing your admin password - highly scifi scenario:D
     
  9. 2012Tony2012 macrumors 6502a

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  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I encourage you to read: What about sending files to Windows users? from the: Mac Virus/Malware FAQ.

    You don't need any 3rd party antivirus app to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as you practice safe computing, as described in the following link. Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.
     
  11. Rockondevil macrumors member

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    I am on the Windows partition because I figure that will be the weak point into my Mac.
     
  12. 2012Tony2012 macrumors 6502a

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    So if an iMac user doesn't practise safe computing, they can get a virus on the Mac? :eek:

    And to start beginning to encourage Windows users to get their own anti-virus protection installed, or offer to install it for them, is not possible with everyone I deal with at work, like over 1000 different people from within work and outside. So I rather make sure they cannot ever claim I passed on a Windows virus to them, so I scan using Clam :)
     
  13. Gelite55 macrumors regular

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    Don't download anything stupid and you don't need it.
    The answer is absolutely not.
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, not a virus, as there are none in the wild. A trojan, yes.
     
  15. majkom macrumors 65816

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    If save computing is meant by:
    - not typing admin pass everytime I am prompted (without knowing why I am prompted)

    then yes, you can get malware (no virus)
     
  16. CaptMike thread starter macrumors regular

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    trying to read through the typos (no offence) but thank you
     
  17. philipfreire macrumors member

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    I got Norton One. Doesn't eat up hardly any resources and works great. Better to have protection because you never know... but I think 99.9% of the time you'll be fine without anti virus programs.
     
  18. 2012Tony2012 macrumors 6502a

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    So no known active Virus exist on Mac today, but are there a lot of active trojans/malware on Mac today and how can I know if I have one? And how can I protect myself, just download from macupdate, macsoftpedia and mac store and direct from trusted and credible and well known developers?
     
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    Pretty much. Same as if a Windows user practises safe computing they will be far less likely to be infected.
     
  21. 2012Tony2012 macrumors 6502a

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    What about Antimalware and Antitrojan? :eek:
     
  22. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It is extremely rare for a Mac user to encounter any kind of malware unless they're routinely installing pirated software from sites such as torrent sites.
    Did you read the safe computing tips I posted? That's all you have to do.
    Antivirus apps check for all kinds of malware, including viruses, trojans, worms, etc.
     
  23. justperry macrumors 604

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    Get rid of it, it's rubbish, worst Software ever, you can read the FAQ link mentioned here and if you really want to scan then get free clamav and scan manually instead of paying for crappy software.
     
  24. 2012Tony2012 macrumors 6502a

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    LOL. I think that gets straight to the point. :D
     
  25. CaptMike thread starter macrumors regular

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    I agree. I had Norton once before and the PC ground to a halt....never again.
     

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