Antivirus Protection

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by ventuss, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. ventuss macrumors 6502

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    Do you use an antivirus protection? Does Apple officially recommend one? I never did, but recently got the Norton 360 Premier and it covers both PC and Mac. I don't know if I should try it.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Most would recommend that AV is not needed
    Most would also recommend to stay away from Norton on the Mac

    I personally do not use any AV on my Macs
    But I do use common sense
     
  3. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I have never used any AV package on any of my Mac's, but a free, non resident ( memory) app is available ClamxAV from the app store...It's free and is or used to be updated daily.

    Mac's are not prone to viral infections the way a Windows machine would be...Only Malware and that's an off chance.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    I don't use any and as MacDawg posted, Norton is one of the worst, in fact its generally regarded being worse then an actual virus/malware.
     
  5. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    None. They cause far more problems than they solve.

    If you have kids using the computer, make sure they're not using an Admin account, they can't hurt much.
     
  6. ufkdo macrumors 6502

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    There is no virus known which affects OS X. There are several malwares which can be avoided by just using a little bit of common sense. So, AV is not needed.
     

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