Antivirus for Mac

fst

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Aug 16, 2007
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I am looking for an antivirus program for i-mac any suggestion? I think my computer may be infected with a virus as the other day my wife opened an attachment in an e-mail and following that our i-photo was missing from applications folder plus some other programs were missing also. Luckily I had a backup using Carbon Copy Clonner.

any suggestion for a good antivirus program? Thanks
 

swiftaw

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Jan 31, 2005
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There are no viruses for macs. There are antivirus programs though but their only use is to stop you passing along windows viruses to windows users and usually they cause more problems than they are worth.
 

fst

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Aug 16, 2007
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You don't need one, as there are no viruses for OS X.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Apple! :)
So why do you think my i-photo was missing from applications folder? This happened on the same day that my wife opened that attchment on the e-mail and then whole screen she says went balck and she had to re-start the computer and after that the i-photo was not there at all.

Is it possible to get a virus under Windows that affects the OSX partition/drive?
I have no partition and do not use windows on my mac at all.
 

EricNau

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Apr 27, 2005
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So why do you think my i-photo was missing from applications folder? This happened on the same day that my wife opened that attchment on the e-mail and then whole screen she says went balck and she had to re-start the computer and after that the i-photo was not there at all.
Honestly, I don't know. Are you sure the applications weren't accidentally deleted or moved?

But I can definitely say with certainty that it wasn't a virus.

...If you keep having problems just let us know.

No, Windows cannot see the Mac partition so no virus in windows could have any impact on it.
In theory, couldn't a virus be written to delete the entire HDD, thus erasing the Mac partition as well?
 

synth3tik

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Oct 11, 2006
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There are Viruses for Macs, of course the few that exist are proof of concept and do not put you at risk. There are a few anti-virus programs out there. I can't really suggest one, but I can say stay away from Norton. That thing is a virus in and of itself.
 

Tommy Tallarico

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Jul 20, 2007
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So why do you think my i-photo was missing from applications folder? This happened on the same day that my wife opened that attchment on the e-mail and then whole screen she says went balck and she had to re-start the computer and after that the i-photo was not there at all.
User error.

Don't be so quick to blame things other than what's sitting right in front of the screen.
 

Outcast-au

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Aug 12, 2007
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I'm not sure if they sell to the public - im covered under my corporate agreement.

Sophos ... the best av out there.
 

Gosh

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Aug 14, 2006
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Whilst there are no virus's for Mac's, if you want to stop any virus enroute from one Windows PC to another then I would recommend VirusBarrier - it's very unobtrusive. http://www.intego.com/virusbarrier/

Are you completely sure iPhoto has gone? Type iPhoto in spotlight is there no sign of the application or library?
 

jczubach

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May 15, 2007
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there's also 'Clam-x'(freeware). I am not too sure about an anti-"wifewhodiscoveredcompromisingphotosandoverzealously
deletedtheapplication"-programs...:p
 

OnceUGoMac

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Mar 3, 2004
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So why do you think my i-photo was missing from applications folder? This happened on the same day that my wife opened that attchment on the e-mail and then whole screen she says went balck and she had to re-start the computer and after that the i-photo was not there at all.
Your wife most likely messed something up, knew she did it but didn't know how to correct it and made up a story about a virus. Her mistake was blaming it on a virus that has never existed.;)
 

blueicedj

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Jul 11, 2007
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Whilst there are no virus's for Mac's, if you want to stop any virus enroute from one Windows PC to another then I would recommend VirusBarrier - it's very unobtrusive. http://www.intego.com/virusbarrier/

Are you completely sure iPhoto has gone? Type iPhoto in spotlight is there no sign of the application or library?
Isn't there a program that is cheaper, or free? $70 seems like a looot of money to pay to keep from spreading virus's to other computers...