Best AntiVirus for Leopard?

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  1. legaleye3000 macrumors 65816

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  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    ClamXav if you have Windows machines around. Otherwise don't waste your time on AV.
     
  3. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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  5. yeroen macrumors 6502a

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    It's not necessary.

    Viruses and Malware are virtually unknown in Mac OS X.

    AV programs on Mac OS X are likely to do more damage to your system than they are protecting you from it, e.g. they will quarantine files they decide are malicious, and *poof* some application no longer works and you spend the entire day googling for an answer before you find the cause (this happens a lot in Windows).
     
  6. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What about that new mac virus that came out about a week ago....? And now since Apple is getting more marketshare/popularity, more viruses are more likely to be created
     
  7. nemex macrumors regular

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    I have ClamXav, it's free.

    It has warned me about some infected mail attachments sent over to my mailbox from windows machines. Although those files don't affect OS X, it did stopped me from spreading to other mail recipients

    Cheers, :apple:
     
  8. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    What new Mac virus? You better explain.
     
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  10. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    There was a new mac virus in the news I thought about a week or 2 ago...
     
  11. desenso macrumors 6502a

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    I think he's referring to the trojan that came out a few weeks ago. Basically it involved you installing something that was downloaded from a porn site. It's not a virus, in that it was useless until you activated it with your system administrator password. Certainly people will be stupid enough to fall for these things and we shouldn't take it lightly, that is inevitable, but it's hardly a virus, and it's hardly a reason to run a virus scanner.

    Edit: http://www.macnn.com/articles/07/10/31/new.trojan.targets.macs/

    Again, trojan, not virus.
     
  12. SavageMac macrumors member

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    What do you mean if you have Windows machines around?

    I have a home wireless network with 4 Windows laptops & my Macbook, is my MB in danger because it is using my wireless network that the other machines are using as well?
     
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    Mac antivirus apps scan for viruses that affect Windows, so you don't send infected files (that won't hurt your Mac) to an unprotected Windows machine.
     
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    No, but only because its wrapped in tin foil... it is wrapped in tin foil right?:confused:

    You have to take all precautions when using that Wi-Fi you could intercept extraterrestrial communications. It's also used to stop the government from reading the files on your hard drive. Yes tin foil is the cheapest form of protection you can buy against these things.
     
  15. HLdan macrumors 603

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    You should really get that idea out of your head. The reason for the "Lack thereof" viruses and spyware on the Mac OS is not because of low marketshare or because the hackers don't want to be bothered. That what people are saying but many of them want to shun the fact that the Mac OS is built upon UNIX and it's a solid security wall wheras Windows is not built on such a secure system.
    Apple's Mac marketshare has greatly increased and still no viruses or spyware. No need to install AV that will slow down your system. Personally I believe this is one of the reason Intel has spent so much time on R&D to make faster processors to accommodate Windows machines due to the need to install AV that slows the system. Now that's just my opinion. ;)
     
  16. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    When/If the time comes that Macs begin to get viruses then is the time to get antiviral software because now you would pretty much be wasting your money. I really don't like any of the anti virus apps on the market. The whole 6 years I was using Windows I rarely used any of them and never had a virus.
     
  17. desenso macrumors 6502a

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    Speaking of tin-foil hats. Nice theory :rolleyes:
     
  18. desenso macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sure you did, but they might not have done anything destructive.
     
  19. nemex macrumors regular

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    mmmh, good point, mine didn't take that long and just did it once.
    And based on the fact that no mac virus are on the wild, it think it make sense to keep and eye on your downloads, your desktop and mail attachments... just in case a windows virus gets to your mac and although it won't hurt OSX, at least you will be alerted that a certain file is infected and you won't be spreading the infection to other windows machines.

    also, ClamXav is free

    Just my 2 cents

    Cheers :apple:
     
  20. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Most of the multi-core advertising I've seen usually involves a core dedicated to running antivirus. :rolleyes:
     
  21. iJawn108 macrumors 65816

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    do you actually think the virus will magically appear in an unknown location and you need to san your entire disk?

    use sentry for desktop, torrent folder/p2p folder, mail downloaded folder and browser cache you should be ok. i was going through some old windows cds of my freinds and clam found it within seconds of my inserting the disk.
     
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    I think it funny when people say things like this because they have absolutely no way of knowing if they did or didn't since they were not running virus protection and are basically talking out their ass.
     
  23. kwood macrumors 6502a

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    Other then the fact you know when your computer is infected. There are a lot of tell tale signs that your computer has a virus. You do not need a scanner to tell you. I have gone years on Windows without a virus and the computer ran just as fast as it did when I first built it.

    I don't open emails from people I don't know or wasn't expecting it from, I don't go to websites that will give me a virus, and I don't download software unless I trust the source.

    If I do need to go anywhere I am unsure of online then I use my Mac.

    You do not need anti virus software if you know how your computer works, and how it is supposed to operate.
     
  24. desenso macrumors 6502a

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    You've got to be kidding me. You're defending this theory? Forget the evolution of technology, forget more demanding applications, forget faster computers in general. The reason Intel and AMD are in business, the reason that billions of dollars are being invested into processor technology, is to accomodate virus scanners?

    That is easily the most preposterous thing I've seen advanced today on these forums. Congratulations.
     

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