Best AntiVirus for Mac?

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  1. fr00b macrumors regular

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    Hey,

    I'm new to the Mac OS, and was wondering if any one could recommend a good AntiVirus software that I can use. I am currently using MacScan Trial.

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  2. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    You don't need one. I'm not sure any are even recommended. Norton, in particular, is highly recommended against.
     
  3. fr00b thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm just after some program to protect me against other threats such as trjans or tracking cookies. is iAntiVirus Free good?
     
  4. bmacir macrumors 6502

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    Switch to a peecee with vista if you want viruses/antiviruses :p
     
  5. Willis macrumors 68020

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    Take it from us... you don't need an Antivirus.
     
  6. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    What people have already stated. But just to be a smart-ass and possibly an a**hole, the best antivirus is...you! If you're afraid of such things, use proper judgement. Don't open links or attachments if you're skeptical. :D
     
  7. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    There is no reason to have an antivirus at all. But, if you just have to have one, iAntiVirus is the best. (By which I mean it doesn't do anything at all like every other Mac antivirus program, but at least it isn't a system resource hog.)
     
  8. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    Keep in mind that if you do put any antivirus software on your mac, it will only slow it down (probably a lot). I would have to agree with previous comments though, you really don't need one if you are smart about it. Anyway, there is already a thread for this (probably a couple) but here is the most recent that I know of http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=691214
     
  9. MedHead macrumors regular

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    When i first got my uMB I put iAntivirus on it, within a day i had realised two things:

    1 It was not in any way necessary, my mates all thought it was hilarious that I had installed it.

    2. I found it slowed things down a bit (not much I might add)

    and so 24 hours after installing it I got rid of it.

    3 months in ans I havent had any virus trouble, this is with normal web browsing torrenting and some P2P (limewire) downloads.
     
  10. fr00b thread starter macrumors regular

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    Alright then. Thanks for your replies. I'm not gonna bother with an AV. I guess i'm just para from being a Windows user for a long time. :eek:
     
  11. MedHead macrumors regular

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    In a few more days with your MB you'll quickly begin to wonder what you ever worried about, I dont even cinsider viruses anymore!!

    The only cure for windoze-itis is some time playing with mac os! :p
     
  12. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    What you say is completely true and I would agree with you entirely but other users who share their network with fellow windows o.s would feel safer if Mac users installed an scanner.
     
  13. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Still not needed as none of the Windows viruses will affect the mac OS...
     
  14. Zazoh macrumors 6502a

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    In fact, prudence is the best defense on any platform. I never used anti-virus on a Windows machine and never had a virus there either.

    1. Never accept or open anything but images from an email.
    2. NEVER download software you can't trust that has a huge reputation and following don't don't don't.
    3. Never click a popup add. If you visit sites that use them, notify the administrator of the site that you will not return due to pop ups and don't go back, its a big internet there are other sites that don't use.
     
  15. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    I know a few people who work in a fairly large company and use OS X. They might not need to use the anti-virus but the company wants them to just a safety precaution. You might not be infected but a Mac could carry one and pass it on to a Windows PC, something just to minimize the risk.
     
  16. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    The only way a mac can carry a virus is via an e-mail attachment...

    Even then, the virus/worm won't actively be able to replicate because it can't install/get a hold on the Mac's OS.

    I remember when I was in school, the Klez worm was going around like crazy, and when I got an email from a dorm-mate who was infected it just placed the Klez .exe or .vbs, I forget which, onto my desktop as a file that couldn't even be read by the computer, lol
     
  17. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    And the point of a Mac anti virus is to scan those emails and make sure they're not passing anything along.
     
  18. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    But they won't be passing anything along unless you actively forward the message to others, along with the attachment.

    Obviously there are people out there who would do this. Plus, do a Mac antivirus titles detect Windows viruses? (I wasn't aware they did that)
     
  19. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Right, but why wouldn't you pass it along? You can't tell if it has a virus or not because it won't do anything to your Mac.
    Considering how many viruses there are for Macs, that's pretty much all they do. :p
     
  20. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    See, I thought they were a total sham because there aren't ANY mac viruses (I realize there are Trojans, but no viruses by definition). I suppose in that case they'd be useful in a Windows-sharing environment.

    The easiest way to tell if an e-mail has a virus is if the attachment is an unsolicited .exe/.vbs/.scr/.js.zip/.rar file. If so, it's a virus/worm. For me, that's the only virus-scan I need on my MB. Of course the other route would have the file be an infected .xls/.doc file with a .vbs worm macro, and those would probably be solicited from a co-worker.

    Obviously corporate environments are going to be more stringent with their requirements, but I think the first requirement should be 'DON'T PASS ALONG SUSPICIOUS EMAILS WITH ATTACHMENTS.' heh...
     
  21. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    I had that feeling when I switched to OS X back in 2002. I actually ran AV programs for a year because I was so paranoid. :)
     
  22. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816

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  23. sn00pie macrumors 6502a

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    With any anti-virus on your computer, all your really doing is slowing it down :eek:
     
  24. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    I never use anit-virus software on my Windows machines anymore. Too many misfires.

    The other day I sent a windows user an email from my mac and their Norton AV said the file attachment was infected so she quarantined it. It was a freaking office doc file I made from scratch. LOL!

    I'd rather put up with the virus than the medicine.
     
  25. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    So you don't have any virus protection and you sent an email to a friend who has protection and it said it was infected? You can send viruses in documents that you made yourself from your computer.
    If I were you I would get protection on that Windows machine ASAP, because if you have a virus you could have sent it too her in the document. I wasn't going to get any for my old Window machine either because it was going to be just used for iTunes but after researching that's not the best idea.
     

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