Antivirus Software for iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DougY, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. DougY macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2009
    What is the current trend regarding antivirus for the iMac? How many of you are using it? If you do use it, which one are you using?
  2. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

    Aug 28, 2009
    I doubt many use anti-virus on the Mac. The reason is that there are no viruses for current versions of OS X in the strict sense of the term.

    There are some trojans (the number can be counted on one hand) and a very small amount of other malware. Most require admin permissions.

    EDIT: I don't use any antivirus programs or malware programs on OS X. I do however run Windows Security Essentials on my Parallels W7 partition.
  3. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I do not use it on any Mac, nor have family install it, when i gave them a Mac.

    if you run antivirus on your Mac, the *best* you could hope for is basically keeping from passing on a virus to a Windows computer or something, and that would be a complex scenario anyway.

    The virus programs you can run for Mac, are going to find some Windows viruses, but there are so few from Mac, they probably don't even have any Mac ones in the registry it uses to scan your system. It's pretty much pointless.

    Just don't enter your admin password unless you know it's something you want to do, installing something or whatnot.
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    4 years with macs, never used antivirus. No extant viruses for Macs. I am careful with what I download and install; as mentioned above, a Trojan is a possibility, but it's usually associated with downloading cracked software and then installing it.
  5. Hmac macrumors 68020

    May 30, 2007
    Midwest USA
    No antivirus here either. No malware protection of any kind, other than common sense.
  6. neenja macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2008
    i work with other windows machines along with a bootcamp partition on my mbp.

    im shocked no one even suggested an antivirus for the poor op.

    ClamXav seems to be the most popular of the bunch, and its also free:
  7. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    This is a very common question on MacRumors. The general consensus is that you don't need it because you won't use it. Viruses aren't a problem on a Mac, like they are on PCs.

    (This is bound to be a topic that will become many, many pages long. I'd stop reading here, if I were you and just heed our advice :) )
  8. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
    I don't use it. Never heard of an actual Mac virus. Trojans, sure, but I don't download random stuff.
  9. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    there are antivirus programs for osx available , dont know any but they exist
    but i never used one and i even dont know anybody using one
    as its not windows you will have greater chance winning in the lottery without getting a lottery ticket then catching a virus on a mac
  10. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
  11. spencers macrumors 68020


    Sep 20, 2004
    Never, in my 20+ years of owning a Mac, have I ever used antivirus software.

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