Antivirus for Mac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by fst, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. fst macrumors newbie

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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
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Apple! :)
     
  3. swiftaw macrumors 603

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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.
     
  4. chaoticbear macrumors 6502

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    Is it possible to get a virus under Windows that affects the OSX partition/drive?
     
  5. fst thread starter macrumors newbie

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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.

    I have no partition and do not use windows on my mac at all.
     
  6. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    No, Windows cannot see the Mac partition so no virus in windows could have any impact on it.
     
  7. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    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.

    In theory, couldn't a virus be written to delete the entire HDD, thus erasing the Mac partition as well?
     
  8. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  9. Tommy Tallarico macrumors member

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    User error.

    Don't be so quick to blame things other than what's sitting right in front of the screen.
     
  10. Outcast-au macrumors member

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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.
     
  11. jczubach macrumors 6502

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    Windows need Anti-virus. Mac needs Anti-biotics...:rolleyes:
     
  12. Gosh macrumors 6502

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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?
     
  13. jczubach macrumors 6502

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    there's also 'Clam-x'(freeware). I am not too sure about an anti-"wifewhodiscoveredcompromisingphotosandoverzealously
    deletedtheapplication"-programs...:p
     
  14. Perfectionist macrumors regular

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    But what if you use Windows on the iMac .....
     
  15. OnceUGoMac macrumors 6502a

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    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.;)
     
  16. blueicedj macrumors 6502

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    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...
     
  17. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    ClamXav
     

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