Anti - Virus?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mav814, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. mav814 macrumors member

    mav814

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    Hey guys, just wondering your opinions. Is it necessary or even just good to have anti - virus on MAC OSX Tiger. I have it for free because of the warez site i know but am I just wasting memory? Please explain. BTW I don't do any dangerous hacking stuff or anything that might get my computer into trouble but then again, phishing and everything is spreading.
     
  2. Dunmail macrumors regular

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    There's another thread ongoing about viruses, basically not a big problem.

    Phishing isn't a virus (though it can cause one to be copied to your machine) it's a form of social engineering usually sent via spam email:

    "Dear mav814, due to a system upgrade we are requiring all our online customers to reverify their account details. Please visit foobar.com and follow the instructions. Thank you for your cooperation."

    If you did do as the email requested then there's a program on the remote machine logging your details ready for the baddies to clean out your account. Of course seeing the same email supposedly from several banks that you have never had accounts with should be a clue but some people fall for it.
     
  3. mav814 thread starter macrumors member

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    well beyond phising, like worms or anything. I don't know much about how a mac can get a virus or how easy it is and thats why i have this concern....in general, should I be?
     
  4. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    There are zero viruses for OS X.

    There are a couple of trojans. One is in a .torrent of iWork, the other in a .torrent of Photoshop CS4. A few others are on porn sites and questionable video sites pretending to be video codecs.

    Don't install anything dumb and you'll be fine.
     
  5. xcript macrumors newbie

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    Hmm... I don't have any idea about how many viruses or trojans
    that might exists in Mac OS X, but it's good to have a protection
    eventhough the OS is safe (in the mainstream opinion).
    I believe that there's no 100% safe Operating System in the world.
    But 99% the Mac is... :D

    I have one free AntiVirus for Mac OS X called iAntiVirus Free Edition.
    It's always scan my Mac daily when I'm sleeping... :rolleyes:
    That's nice and give me the feel of safety :D
     
  6. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502

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    The best way to compromise the security of your Mac is to use pirated software. As you've done that, you have significantly increased your risk. I would advise you cease, and you will reduce your risk dramatically.
     
  7. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Macs do have malware - trojans that you download, open and give permission to futz with your computer.

    So if you have a tendency to download and install shady files and give them free reign to your system, then I don't know what to tell you. Anti-virus probably won't help much.
     
  8. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Keep away from "warez" sites. They are popular targets for compromised software.

    Bittorrent is pretty safe.
     
  9. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    <facepalm>
     

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