Antivirus for iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hasteveha, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. hasteveha macrumors member

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    I just switched to OSX from windows and I am wondering do I need to worry about spyware and virus's? Do I need an anti virus program? If so what do you guys recommend?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. mrmayor92 macrumors 6502

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    nope your good
     
  3. chrisprobert macrumors newbie

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    While you don't need to install any anti-virus/security software per se, you should not become lackadaisical towards security. Specifically, downloading freeware applications from "shady" sources can put you at risk. And never run a terminal command if you don't understand it; some more unix-savvy users get a laugh out of telling less unix-savvy users to run malicious commands under the pretense that it will help them :(
     
  4. BKKloppenborg macrumors regular

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    2.5 years of having a mac and no issues with viruses or spyware you fine that why i switched. :D:cool:;)
     
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    dont even be bothered looking for any software. there is stuff out there.. but seirously, dont bother.
     
  6. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    As long as you don't do anything you don't think is safe (this includes, not to jump to conclusions, downloading shady "video codecs" from questionable websites). Remember, for an application to do harm, it must have your password... if you don't give things you think are questionable your password, you have nothing to worry about.
     
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    very well put!!

    what iToaster means is if you get a "out of date codec click OK to update" style message, DONT CLICK IT!!

    simple as that.
     
  8. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    Well you can, just don't run the program that downloads.
     
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i once had one that was a dmg and started mounting itself, luckily i had time to hit cancel. i didnt want to find out what would happen after that (not game enoug haha)
     
  10. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    It would have mounted the DMG and shown the contents. You would have needed to click on the application, click through the installer dialogs, and give it your password for it to do anything.

    OS X is good about security. Anything that happens is user error.
     
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    its something like 99.7% of computer errors are user errors anyways haha.

    im just wondering... what if you could have a .dmg file, and have an app that could auto launch, kind of like when you load a CD/DVD window, but the actual app. i guess it needs to be opened before it can be installed anyways.
     

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